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 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


Program Highlights


Topic: Seabed 2030
Speaker: Vicki Ferrini, Center Head, Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project


Topic: Lakebed Mapping in High-Priority Areas of Western Lake Michigan
Speaker: Ayman Mabrouk, Marine Ecologist, NOAA

Topic: Acoustic Observations of Submerged Sinkholes in Lake Huron
Speaker: Steve Ruberg, Observing Systems Research, NOAA

Topic: Multispectral Multibeam Sonar
Speaker: Samantha Bruce, R2Sonic

Topic: Modern Nautical Charting in the Straits of Mackinaw
Speaker: David Neff, Hydrographer, eTrac Inc.

Topic: Importance of Collaboration and Community Engagement in Bathymetric Mapping Efforts for Sustainably Managing Great Lakes Resources
Speakers: Helen Stewart, Kelley Brumley, and David Millar, Fugro  

Topic: Mapping the Great Lakes Coastal and Nearshore Realm: NOAA’s Lake Level Viewer
Speakers: Brandon Krumwiede, Doug Marcy, William Brooks, Rebecca Mataosky

Topic: Comprehensive Bathymetry of the Great Lakes – from Vision to Technology
Speaker: Tim Kearns and Linden Brinks, GLOS

Topic:  Seafloor Mapping in Massachusetts: A State-Federal Collaboration
Speaker: Dr. Walter Barnhardt, USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center  

Topic: The California Seafloor Mapping Program — Providing science and geospatial data for California’s State Waters
Speaker: Nadine E. Golden, U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

R2Sonic –
2024 multibeam aboard RV Northwestern
Onshore demo
Michigan State Police –  IVER 3 AUV
Kongsberg – BlueROV2 with Payload Skid and Flexview High Frequency sonar, Outland ROV-1000 with payload Skid and Flexview High Frequency sonar
Seaview Systems Inc. – BlueROV2 with integrated UHD camera
White Lake Dock & Dredge – Echoboat ASV with integrated NORBIT iWBMS Multibeam Sonar


Student Poster Symposium

Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:


Great Lakes Observing System

Silver Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsors:



Teledyne Caris

Registration Fees

Early-Pricing Below/Rates Increases Soon, Register Now, Onsite Registration is an Additional $50
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,

Travel Information

Cambria Suites
Rates: $119
Rates are per night, per suite, plus 6% state tax and 5% local assessment
You must make reservations no later than August 30, 2019, to receive the group rate at the Cambria Suites. Note that there are many other inexpensive hotel options in the city.

Hotel Indigo
Rates – $139, Code NMC

Vendor Demo Opportunities

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

Available Sponsorships

Gold Sponsorship – $2,500
Includes sponsorship of the on-water demos, harbor access, research vessel access for vendors, visibility on the banner at the harbor, top placement recognition in all print and digital correspondence, tabletop exhibit, and two free registrations

Silver Sponsorship – $1,500
Includes sponsorship of networking social, inclusion on event signage, secondary placement recognition in all print and digital media, tabletop exhibit, and one free registration

Bronze Sponsorship – $500
Includes sponsorship of the Career Fair, inclusion on event signage, visibility in all print and digital media, tabletop exhibit, and one free registration

Tabletop Exhibition Fee – $100

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

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