Bridge Conference


Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac – Pontiac, Michigan — March 19 & 20


Bridge Conference flyer


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This conference provides information about bridge inspection, research, construction, repair, and management. Day 1 features educational sessions focused on a specific topic. It benefits state and local bridge engineers; bridge consultants; and personnel responsible for design, construction, and maintenance of bridges. Day 2 encompasses a broader range of topics and includes program updates. The conference is open to engineers, engineering consultants, and surveyors from state, municipal, and local agencies who manage or work with bridge assets.



Continuing Education

Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2019 Michigan Bridge Conference will count for instructional hours for continuing education for professional engineers. The number of hours is yet to be determined. See the CTT’s policy for Continuing Education for Professional Engineers in Michigan here.




You must register separately for each day of the conference. Seating is limited; register early to ensure participation.


DAY 1 (Educational Sessions)
Employees of public agencies..................................TBD
Employees of private companies............................TBD

Registration for the 2019 Michigan Bridge Conference – Day 1 will not open until fall 2018.


Employees of public agencies..................................TBD
Employees of private companies............................TBD

Registration for the 2019 Michigan Bridge Conference – Day 2 will not open until fall 2018.


Registration includes access to all sessions for the specific event, materials for that day, and meals and break refreshments listed in the agenda; it does not include accommodation. Accommodation information is detailed below. Please notify us in advance if you have special dietary needs.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No-shows and cancellations within three business days prior to the workshop or conference will be charged the full registration fee. Substitutions will be accepted.

NOTE: Michigan Tech reserves the right to use any pictures taken during this event for advertising and/or instructional purposes.




Reservations are not being accepted yet for the 2019 Michigan Bridge Conference. We will announce reservation information when it becomes available (typically in the fall).



PRESENTATIONS FROM 2018 - Day 1: Educational Sessions

0. Short Span Steel Bridge Workshop Introduction
Rich Tavoletti—Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance

1. Online Design Tools: eSPAN 140 Demonstration and Design Example
Greg Michaelson, PhD—Marshall University

2. Steel Bridge Economy and Case Studies
Greg Michaelson, PhD—Marshall University
Karl Barth, PhD—West Virginia University

3. Galvanizing Bridges
Rich Collins—V&S Galvanizing

4. Introduction to Flexible Buried Bridges
Joel Hahm—Big R Bridges

5. Innovative Accelerated Bridge Construction—Press-Brake Formed Tub Girders
Karl Barth, PhD—West Virginia University

6. Innovative Access Techniques for Bridge Inspection
Tom Howell, PE—HDR, Inc.
Jason Fogg, PE—Senior Bridge Engineer

7. Importance of Substructure Evaluation—Inspection Case Studies and Techniques
Elise Love, PE—Wiss, Janney, Elstner and Associates, Inc.

8. Guidelines for Designing Bridges in Michigan Suitable for Local Agencies
Christopher Eamon, PhD, PE—Wayne State University



1. Federal Highway Administration Update
Mark G. Lewis, PE—Federal Highway Administration
Ralph Pauly, PE—Federal Highway Administration

2. Michigan Department of Transportation Update
Matt Chynoweth, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation

3. Local Bridge Program Update
Keith Cooper—Michigan Department of Transportation
Mark Harrison—Michigan Department of Transportation

4. Cut River Bridge Masonry and Steel Restoration & Fort Rouge Gateway Projects
Lloyd Baldwin, MS—Michigan Department of Transportation

5. Rehabilitation of Side-by-side Box Beam Structures
John Cima, PE—Houghton County Road Commission

6. Steel Bridge Resources & Economical Details
Matthew Shergalis, PE—National Steel Bridge Alliance

7. Bridge Asset Management
Dave Jennett—Michigan Department of Transportation

8. Midland County's GRS-IBS Bridge Projects—Part 1 & Part 2
Terry Palmer, PE—Midland County Road Commission
Craig Schripsema, PE—OHM Advisors, Inc.

9. Ultra-Violet Hardened Culvert Slip Linings for Culvert Rehabilitation
Chris Rupinski, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation—Newberry Transportation Service Center

10. Designing, Fabricating, Installing, and Using a Clam-shell Box Culvert—Part 1 & Part 2
Rob Laitinen, PS—Chippewa County Road Commission
Steve Delaire—U.P. Concrete Pipe Co.

11. Crossing the Keweenaw Waterway in an Emergency with a US Army Floating Bridge
William Leder, PD—Michigan Technological University (retired)


Additional Information

The Michigan Technological University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an alumni and friends gathering concurrently with Michigan Bridge Conference events. This year's gathering will be on Tuesday, March 20th at 5:00 p.m. Make plans to attend!

Michigan Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni and friends reception flyer


The links below contain the conference brochure and presenter slideshows (you'll be redirected to the Michigan LTAP website for events that took place before 2012).