County Engineers Workshop

Michigan CEW

February 4-6, 2020   |   Little River Resort – Manistee, Michigan

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County Engineers Workshop


The Michigan County Engineers' Workshop (CEW) is a workshop open to engineers, engineering consultants, public agencies, and County Road Association of Michigan associate members. At CEW, industry experts and peers present innovative ways to build, manage, and maintain roads and bridges. CEW provides an opportunity to learn about the latest research and legislation affecting the construction and maintenance of county roads and city streets. Participants will also learn about equipment, products, and services that are relevant to the needs of county and city road agencies.

CEW is a conference of the County Road Association of Michigan. It is hosted each year by the Center for Technology & Training (CTT), home of Michigan's Local Technical Assistance Program. For more information on the program and for registration information, please explore the tabs, above, on


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Join us February 4-6, 2020, in Manistee for the 2020 County Engineers' Workshop! Registration for the 2020 CEW is now open. The conference flyer (linked above) lists presentations and speakers for the 2020 County Engineers' Workshop.

The registration fee includes:

  • Full access to all technical sessions and networking opportunities
  • Conference handouts and other materials
  • Food and refreshments for all meals and breaks listed on the agenda

Registration does not include accommodations; the conference flyer contains details on accommodations that are available for participants. Please notify us in advance if you have special dietary needs.  NOTE: Michigan Tech reserves the right to use any pictures taken during this event for advertising and/or instructional purposes.


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.


Questions? E-mail or call (906) 487-2012.




The Michigan County Engineers' Workshop counts for instructional hours for continuing education for professional engineers. The number of hours is noted in the conference flyer. The CTT's continuing education policy is available at



A look back at 2019 CEW...

2019 County Engineers Workshop Mark Your Calendar



  1. TAMC's New Role with the MIC - Joanna Johnson
  2. Local Agency Pavement Warranty Program Panel Discussion - Steve Puuri, PE; Dave Pettersch; Lance Malburg, PE; Wayne Harrall, PE
  3. Traffic County Equipment, Setup, and Best Practices - Frank Benavidez; Edward Potter
  4. Engineering the Perfect Deposition - Bill Henn, JD; Burt Thompson, PE
  5. A Case Study in Public Engineer Liability: "Water You Doing?" - Bill Henn, JD
  6. Pavement Preservation and Fog Seals - Harrison County, Indiana -- Kevin Russel, PE
  7. Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Best Practices - Mitch Koetje 9presentation cancelled)
  8. MDOT Local Agency Program Update - Tracie Leix, PE; Bruce Kadzban, PE; Kelly Crannell, PE
  9. Sub-committee Reports of the Engineering Committee - Bob Lindbeck, PE
  10. Roscommon County Ultrathin Overlay Case Studies - Tim O'Rourke
  11. "Best-First": A 20-year Case Study in Aggressive CPM Treatments (...or Are You a Chicken?) - Bradley Lamberg, PE
  12. Using Drones on Local Agency Projects - Joe Campbell, PE; Peter Meingast
  13. Jackson County DOT Cold-in-place Recycling Program and First Year Review - Christopher Bolt, PE; Angela Kline, PE
  14. Cold in Place Panel Discussion - Brian Gutowski, PE; Terry Palmer, PE; Cory Wale, PE; Christopher Bolt, PE; Angela Kline, PE
  15. Working with Other Agencies: Houghton County Flood Recovery - Kevin Harju, PE; John Cima, PE
  16. Clare Avenue Experimental Project and Chip Seal Experiences - Deepak Gupta, PE
  17. Documenting NEPA Activities on Local Agency Federal-aid Projects - Eric Costa; Mark Harrison, PE; Lynnette Firman, PE; Tracie Leix, PE
  18. Drone Demonstration - Peter Meingast
  19. FHWA Update - Kurt Zachary, PE
  20. MDEQ Update - Jim Watling, PE
  21. NACE Update - Wayne Schoonover, PE
  22. CRA of Michigan Update - Steve Puuri, PE
  23. LTAP Update - Pete Torola, PE


Each year, we try to provide you with the most innovative and timely topics related to technology, training, and technical assistance. If you are presenting for us during this year's presentation, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Create an outline for your presentation. Make sure you have a clear central idea and three to four audience take-aways. This will help you create a presentation that is easy for your audience to follow.
  • Keep points simple and succinct. You're an expert, but there are many people in the audience that are new to this information.
  • Use large type, standard fonts, and strong contrast on your slides. This will guarantee that your audience will see what's most important.
  • Use simplified charts and graphs instead of tables. The finer details work best for printable charts, graphs, and tables. When you omit these details from your slides, don't worry: you can still talk about them if you feel that some of those details were helpful for context.
  • Use images where possible. And, remember: any words on your slide should not be repeating the words you are saying; otherwise, you and your slides will be redundant.
  • Use video only if it is the best or only way to communicate your point. Be sure to clip videos to the most salient sections. Your audience is there to hear you!

Please feel free to contact us at if you need assistance in constructing your presentation. We will be happy to help you!


Do you know a person who is knowledgeable about an innovative technology or a timely training topic? Do you know something about a technology or technique that you think would help your peers? Please take a moment to suggest a person you know or yourself as a potential speaker at one of our upcoming conferences using the form below. 


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NOTE: We greatly value your input; however, we may not be able to incorporate every suggestion we receive.
NOTE: We greatly value your suggestions for topics that provide training and technical assistance; however, please be aware that we cannot use marketing/sales topics for our conference presentations.
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The links below contain the conference brochure and presenter slideshows for previous years of the County Engineers' Workshop.

For events that took place before 2012, you'll be redirected to the Michigan LTAP website.