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MERL 5.3.1 and MERL Mobile 1.0.1 Updates Available

Monday, May 25, 2015

MERL 5.3.1 Update Available

The update to MERL 5.3.1 is now available for download. The update and the complete list of changes for MERL 5.3.1 are available at Downloads

MERL Mobile 1.0.1 Update Available

The update to MERL Mobile 1.0.1 is now available for download. The update and the complete list of changes for MERL Mobile 1.0.1 are available in the Google Play Store

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MERL Goes Mobile

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

With the release of MERL 5.3.0, the Center for Technology & Training proudly announces its first mobile application for MERL, Local Job Manager Mobile. This mobile app brings desktop functionality into the field. Principal Programmer, Nick Koszykowski, explained that since this work is typically done outside of the office “creating a mobile app was the next logical step”. 

Once MERL desktop and Local Job Manager Mobile are set up, engineers and inspectors will have their contracts at their fingertips allowing them to add daily postings to their projects right from the job site,...

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Upcoming Events: MERL User Group Meeting

Sunday, February 15, 2015

On Wednesday, March 11 at 1:00 PM there will be a web-based MERL User Group Meeting to discuss the following topics:

  • New Features in MERL 5.3:
    • Handheld Local Job Manager
    • Online Backups
    • MDOT Bid Let Data Analysis
  • 2015 Work Plan
  • Online MERL Users' Manual
  • Upcoming Trainings

There is no charge to attend the webinar. To register, visit the CTT Event Page



MERL Update Required for MDOT Let Jobs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What:
Effective October 20, 2014, MERL users who submit project estimates to MDOT Local Agency Programs for jobs run through the MDOT Bid Letting process should upgrade to at MERL version 5.2.5 (or newer).

Why:
On October 20, 2014, MDOT will be replacing their client/server based LAS/PES*  system  with a web based system called Web Trns*port Preconstruction. MERL 5.2.5 and newer versions support...

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Average Unit Price Update Available

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Average unit prices for the 2012 and 2005 (Airport) Spec Book items have been updated and are available for download with the latest version of MERL. See the MERL Download Page for more info.



The New MERL website

Sunday, May 26, 2013

 

After four years, MERL's web presence has gotten an overhaul. Whereas the old website was organized by an aging content management system, the new one is based on the same Drupal 7 platform used by all of the other websites maintained by the Center for Technology & Training (such as those for Roadsoft and Michigan LTAP). "We wanted to bring it up to standard with our other websites and make it just as easy to use," said Shaughn Kern, a Technical Writer at CTT who handles much of the web development. While Kern said that the new design is comparable to the previous site in that...

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