MERL 5.3.3 Update Available

Friday, February 5, 2016

MERL 5.3.3 Update Available


The update to MERL 5.3.3 is now available for download. The update and the complete list of changes for MERL 5.3.3 are available at MERL Downloads

In addition to updating 2012 Pay Item average unit prices and resolving several issues in MERL, this release includes the previously announced support change for Windows XP or SQL Server/SQL Server Express 2005. Once updated to 5.3.3, MERL will no...

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Responsive HTML5 Manual Released

Monday, July 27, 2015

The MERL Manual has been redesigned in Responsive HTML5 to be more usable on tablets and smart phones. The size and layout of the manual will now change depending on whether the manual is being viewed on a PC, tablet or smart phone.

MERL 5.3.2 Update Available

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MERL 5.3.2 Update Available

MERL 5.3.2 is now available for download. The update and complete list of changes for MERL 5.3.2 are available at MERL Downloads.  

MERL Mobile 1.0.1 Update Available

Summer is here and projects are underway. Engineers and inspectors could shave some time off their busy day with MERL Mobile 1.0.1. MERL Mobile currently provides engineers and inspectors with a powerful set of tools to enable job management on the go using a tablet device. MERL...
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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

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).

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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