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Register for Winter Ops 2020
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Registration for the 2020 Winter Operations Conference virtual event is now open . This year's conference will be a virtual conference. See more information about registration below.

The registration fee includes:

  • Full access to all technical sessions and exhibits
  • Live virtual interaction with all presenters
  • Conference handouts and other materials (electronic and/or hard copy)
  • Participation in the Ugly Snow Plow Competition (see below)

For on-site events: Registration does not include accommodations; the conference flyer contains for more 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.

Check out the presentations from the 2019 Winter Operations Conference, below, to see a sampling of the topics covered during the conference.

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

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Continuing Education
The conference will count for instructional hours for continuing education for professional engineers; the number of hours is yet to be determined. The CTT’s continuing education policy is available at



A look back at 2019 Winter Operations Conference...


Winter Operations Conference flyer


1. Michigan State Police: Commercial Driver's License Requirements Update
Sergeant Joseph Austin—Michigan State Police

2. Michigan State Police: Open Forum
Sergeant Joseph Austin—Michigan State Police

3. Panel—Cutting Edges
Dean Reid—City of Novi - Department of Public Works
Gerald Danforth—Ironhawk Industrial Distribution, LLC

4. Keeping Trailers Connected to the Truck
Fred Whitford, PhD—Purdue University

5. Bulk Rock Salt: Where & How
Roger Wilson—Cargill Salt

6. Winter Maintenance Training Opportunities & Resources
Ken Flore—Michigan Department of Transportation
Mark Crouch—Michigan Department of Transportation

7. RWIS in Your Daily Operation
Mark DeVries—Vaisala, Inc.
Melissa Longworth—Michigan Department of Transportation

8. Snow Plow Operator Training: Who, What, & and Why
Willis Greer—Road Commission for Oakland County
Duane Poole—Bloomfield Township

9. Training for the Public Works Professional
Rich Domonkos—Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program

10. Panel—Problem or Opportunity: Hiring & Training Drivers & Operators
Willis Greer—Road Commission for Oakland County
Duane Poole—Bloomfield Township

11. A Second Look at the Winter Maintenance Toolbox
Rich Domonkos—Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program

12. Using Loader Scales to Measure & Manage Salt
Joe Steiger—Trimble-Loadrite



13. Extracting Stuck Equipment Safely
Fred Whitford, PHD—Purdue University

14. Panel—Brine Systems: Research, Bid, Installation, & Implementation
Brian Gutowski, PE—Emmet County Road Commission
Gerry McCallum—City of Orchard Lake
Steven Wessels—Michigan Department of Transportation

15. Weather Forecasting
Pat Bak—National Weather Service—Gaylord

16. Panel—Police to Practice: Winter Maintenance Expectations
Matt Wiktorowski—City of Novi
Brian Gutowski, PE—Emmet County Road Commission