Great Lakes TechSurge

Lakebed 2030

October 1-2, 2019
Traverse City, Michigan

Mark your calendars and join the Marine Technology Society Great Lakes Section and Northwestern Michigan College, for the Lakebed 2030 TechSurge.

MTS TechSurge events, held in a variety of locations, are focused around areas of special interest to the marine technology community.

Why attend?

The Lakebed 2030 TechSurge will bring together science and research, policy, government, and industry professionals to:

  • Focus on Great Lakes marine mapping and observation data,
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lakebed information for shared use, and
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community and advance business development in the Great Lakes.

About the TechSurge Host

Northwestern Michigan College, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy and Great Lakes Water Studies Institute are uniquely positioned for teaching, research and public service in marine and maritime studies. The Marine Technology program develops graduates ready to perform applied technical work in support of the marine industries involving the calibration, deployment, operation, maintenance and management of marine technology assets, including data collection, processing and mapping, for use in the marine environment both offshore and onshore.

Conference Venue

Northwestern Michigan College – Great Lakes Campus
Hagerty Conference Center
715 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686


Tuesday, Oct. 1
12:00 pm –  5:00 pm – Early Registration
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – On-water demos, mapping and surveying tutorials, intro to MBE
TBD – Career Fair
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Networking Social

Wednesday,  Oct 2
8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am – Welcome Remarks
9:00 am – 4:15 pm  –  Keynote and Conference Sessions

Registration Fees

Full Registration – $125 (MTS Members) | $175 (non-MTS Members, includes 1 year MTS membership)
Student Registration – $25

*Register using your MTS account. If you don’t have one, you can create one quickly when you register. If you have questions about registration, contact Kristina Norman,

Call for Abstracts

If you are interested in speaking, we are soliciting abstracts on the following topics:

  • Survey and mapping gaps and priorities
  • Autonomous/glider survey and mapping technologies
  • Fisheries
  • Coastal resiliency
  • Shipping and commerce
  • Great Lakes blue tech opportunities

Interested? Contact Hans VanSumeren,

Vendor Demo Opportunities

On the first day of the conference, demo your autonomous systems (gliders, AUV’s, ASV’s) or multibeam systems on one of the two available survey vessels (56 foot and 21 foot).

Sponsorship Opportunities

Tabletop Exhibition Fee – $100
Gold Sponsorship – $2,500
Silver Sponsorship – $1,500
Bronze Sponsorship – $500

For information about sponsorship or vendor demo opportunities, contact Hans VanSumeren,

Conference Chairs

Hans Van Sumeren
Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
Northwestern Michigan College

Dr. Guy A. Meadows
Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University

Dr. Peter Esselman
Great Lakes Science Center
U. S. Geological Survey

Brandon Krumwiede
Great Lakes Geospatial Coordinator
NOAA Office for Coastal Management

More information coming soon.

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