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New Service Announcement! LiDAR

Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE) is excited to announce the addition of a new service: Surveying and Mapping using LiDAR. LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a method used to determine distances from objects or surfaces by emitting light and then calculating the time it takes for the reflected light to return to the receiver. LiDAR technology has various applications in surveying, archaeology, forestry, and space exploration.

LiDAR sensors in the surveying and mapping field can be aerial-based, UAV-based, terrestrial, or vehicle-mounted. Each setup has its advantages and disadvantages. Many products in the market cater to the user’s specific needs for accuracy, precision, and efficiency in terms of cost and time. NFE has recently acquired the state-of-the-art Trimble MX50 vehicle-mounted sensor with AP60 IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). Trimble MX50 has the capability of collecting 1.5 million points per second in 3D with vehicular speeds up to 68 miles an hour. The AP60 IMU ensures we can take advantage of the total, high-powered GNSS-inertial processing needed for precise and accurate survey grade point cloud. We have successfully performed large site topographical surveys under heavy tree cover and multiple corridor surveys while achieving horizontal accuracy of up to 0.02’ and vertical accuracy of up to 0.02’.

Since the Geospatial Department received the Mobile LiDAR from Seiler Geospatial, we have successfully scanned 26.5 miles of Right-of-Way corridors.

With the introduction of our new LiDAR service, the Geospatial Department has significantly reduced its turnover time, freeing up traditional survey crews. This enhanced efficiency to meet our clients’ deadlines while maintaining the NFE field standards for accuracy and quality, a win-win situation for all.

New Location Alert!

Nowak and Fraus Engineers (NFE), an engineering and surveying firm Headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, with offices in Detroit and Shelby Township, is excited to announce the opening of a new office in Van Buren County, Michigan. This expansion will enable NFE to carry out our vision to build an elite workforce to allow us to expand upon our great reputation so we may become the premier professional services provider in the Great Lakes region.

23952 City Center Cir
Mattawan, MI 49071

NFE’s Mission is to leverage emerging technologies, quality resources, and expert staff through a sustainable and value-driven approach to assist our clients in achieving their goals and visions while providing a positive impact in the communities we live and work.  The new office location supports that mission, and we look forward to providing uncompromised value-driven quality, steadfast reliability, and outstanding experiences to our west Michigan clients.

NFE is working on several important projects in western Michigan, including the Kal-Haven Trail, the Van Buren Trail, Kent County Road Commission, Michigan State Police Walker MI Consolidation, Lakeland Correctional Facility, and Muskegon Correctional Facility, to name a few.  With over 55 years of experience, NFE has built a strong reputation for delivering quality civil engineering, land planning, land surveying, and geospatial engineering services. Our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction is unwavering, and we are excited to extend this commitment to our west Michigan clients through our new office location.

Check out some of the projects we’ve already finished on the west side of Michigan!

NFE ACEC Award Announcement 2024

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Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE) is excited to announce that the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC) has granted us two Engineering Merit Awards on Saturday, March 9th, 2024. The awards were given for our work on two projects: The Central Complex Headquarters for the Kent County Road Commission in Walker, Michigan, and Phase Three of South Old Woodward Avenue.

NFE and Hobbs + Black Architects were selected by the Kent Country Road Commission to provide development and architecture services for a 29-acre parcel. NFE took care of all necessary land surveying and civil engineering services. The project involved constructing five buildings, including an administration building, a garage, a salt storage facility, a cold storage facility, and a vehicle wash.

The third and final phase of the major downtown renovations in Birmingham involved modernizing the utility and streetscape along a 0.40-mile stretch. This $10 million project included improvements to pedestrian safety and amenities, in addition to implementing stormwater management and green infrastructure solutions. These initiatives align with Birmingham's objectives of making the city more walkable and sustainable.

Congratulations to every team member and individual who put in their time, effort, and dedication into both projects.

To learn more about these projects, please visit the links below.



Award Page -

ACEC PR Release - AmericanCouncilEngineeringMIASSOC_9670_ACECMichigan_2024_ExcellenceAwards_PressRelease.pdf

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Kent County Road Commission – Walker Michigan New Central Complex Headquarters

Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) is Michigan’s second-largest road commission, serving 21 townships and more than 635,000 residents. KCRC purchased a 29-acre parcel in the Walker View Industrial Park to build a new central complex facility. They had outgrown their Downtown Grand Rapids facility, built in 1923, and needed more room to expand.

Nowak & Fraus (NFE) served as the Civil Engineering Consultant on the project, responsible for site planning, geotechnical investigations, environmental permitting and leading the team through the project entitlement process. The uniqueness of this project directly relates to the complexity of the site constraints including: 52-feet of elevation change across the site, regulated wetlands jetting into the property, perched/high groundwater conditions, contaminated soils, and three high-tension transmission lines within a 165-foot-wide utility corridor bisecting the property. NFE worked very closely with multiple vendors to fully develop a viable site plan, obtain site plan approval through the City of Walker, prepare construction documents, obtain approvals from permitting agencies, obtain approvals from regulatory agencies, and bring the project through a multi-phased construction process.

The project highlights include:

  • 37,000 SF Administration Building
  • 150,000 SF Maintenance Garage
  • Covered Fueling Station
  • 5,152 SF Vehicle Wash Building
  • 21,500 SF – 6,000-Ton Salt Storage Building
  • 17,500 SF Cold Storage Building
  • Material Storage Areas
  • 37 Visitor and 222 Secure Staff Parking Spaces with Landscape/Irrigation Pond and Employee Patio

Phase Three of South Old Woodward Ave. Completed

Nowak and Fraus Engineers (NFE) had the honor of serving the City of Birmingham as prime engineering consultant for the South Old Woodward Avenue Reconstruction Project, which was Phase 3 of the City’s comprehensive downtown streetscape and infrastructure reconstruction. Phase 3 was intended to modernize the southern portion of the City’s vibrant downtown. A traffic-calming road diet, wider sidewalks and crosswalks, additional mid-block crossings, extensive ADA accessibility upgrades, and a high-contrast lighting layout at pedestrian crossings enhanced pedestrian safety. The streetscape design was also intended to provide amenities, including bus stop shelters, bike racks, moped parking spaces, and accommodations for future EV parking spaces. Overall aesthetics throughout the corridor are greatly enhanced by various “pocket park” areas that feature decorative curb islands, granite benches, landscaping, and trees.

Project highlights include:

  • 10,500 Square yards of concrete pavement
  • 8,500 Square yards of concrete sidewalks
  • 76 Exposed aggregate raised curb
  • Landscape & tree planters
  • 6,300 Plantings
  • Pavement markings
  • Signage
  • Reduced imperviousness
  • An equivalent length of nearly seven miles of underground utilities
  • 100-Foot-Wide Right-of-Way of Old Woodward Avenue, consisting of water main, combined sewer main, storm drains, storm detention, sanitary and water building services, legacy fiber conduit, street lighting, electrical system, and irrigation system

NFE Announces Team Promotions 2023


NFE has created a new Geospatial Department that will continue to advance our firm in surveying and geospatial sciences. NFE has gone through the process of training a select group of individuals who will pioneer this new department. With this news, we are excited to announce those selected for promotions.


  • Cam Michals – Engineering Tech 1 to Geospatial Technician I
  • Griffen Burr – Field Crew to Geospatial Technician I
  • Alexis Fraus – Engineering Tech 1 to Geospatial Technician I
  • Sanjay Shenoy – Engineer I to Geospatial Engineer

Along with these promotions, we’d like to recognize the additional individual promotions.

  • Andrew Filer – Engineer I to Engineer II
  • Marwan Hani – Engineer I to Engineer II
  • David Goschka – Engineer I to - Engineer II
  • Bryce Girbach – Engineer I to Engineer II
  • Tim Wood – Engineer III to Project Engineer

Congratulations to all nine team members on their well-deserved advancements!

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