About BTM Engineering, Inc.


BTM Engineering, Inc. was founded in 1980 as Daugherty & Trautwein, Inc. and has continuously served the Louisville and Kentucky region with diverse development and engineering services. Our firm has played a significant role in a number of large scale projects. The professional staff includes civil, structural, traffic, transportation and telecommunications engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects and land planning and zoning specialists. Several of our approximately 30 employees have been with BTM for over 15 years.

BTM provides services to government, private developers, the telecommunications industry, hospitals, public utilities and many more. These services include site development, land planning and rezoning, utility design, highway design, drainage and storm water management, surveying and mapping, recreational planning, landscape and streetscape design, traffic impact studies and air quality studies.

Our high percentage of repeat clients is an indication of the relationships we build with our clients and their satisfaction of our services. The BTM team is committed to providing our clients with high quality design services that result in cost effective, buildable projects.

BTM Engineering retains registrations in: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Who We Are

Michael J. Smith PE became the President of BTM Engineering in 2011. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, a Masters in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville. Mike is a registered Professional Engineer in several states including Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

Prior to joining BTM Engineering, Mike’s career included responsible design and supervisory positions focusing on a wide variety of mechanical and civil/structural needs for projects ranging from new plant construction to retro-fitting and repairs to existing facilities. Other responsibilities have ranged from plant engineering manager to capital project management working directly for Fortune 500 companies.

Mike has extensive experience in structural, civil, and mechanical design of industrial and commercial facilities, structures, buildings and pipe racks. These designs include medium rise frames, high hazard blast resistant structures, and sanitary (clean) facilities along with containment lagoons and ground water protection systems. He has completed numerous structural designs of steel and concrete park bridges, observation platforms and concrete box culverts. He also completed structural inspections of steel, concrete, and timber structures for repairs or expansion. Mike’s extensive knowledge in developing innovative, cost effective designs, construction techniques, and attention to detail consistently helps BTM’s clients achieve their project goals.


Craig Mount PE, PLS graduated from the University of Louisville with an Associate in Applied Science with Specialization in Field of Civil Engineering Technology in 1974. He obtained his Professional Engineer license in Kentucky in 1983 and Professional Land Surveying license in Kentucky in 1979. Mr. Mount has extensive experience in the design of urban and rural roadways, bridges, culverts, sanitary sewer systems, drainage, site development projects and hydraulic analysis for bridges and storm sewers. He has experience conducting location studies, travel time studies and traffic analysis. Mr. Mount also has experience conducting and supervising boundary, topographic and ALTA/ACSM surveys, construction staking and surveys for the design of highways, airports, bridge replacements, railroads, storm and sanitary sewers, subdivision and site development projects.

jimBirch Jim Birch PE graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1965 and became a Professional Engineer in Kentucky in 1969. Mr. Birch has experience in both the private and public sectors. He served as Secretary of the Public Works and Transportation Cabinet, Jefferson County Engineer, Assistant Director of the Department of Traffic Engineering for the City of Louisville and design team leader for the Kentucky Department of Highways.

Mr. Birch was responsible for planning, design, requisition, construction and maintenance of roadways, bridges and drainage facilities at the Department of Public Works. As Louisville’s Assistant Director of Traffic Engineering, he managed the Signs and Markings Division and the Street Operations Division while acting as advisor to the Planning Commission on traffic engineering and planning. He later held a seat on the Planning Commission as Jefferson County Engineer.

As a consultant, he has completed traffic impact studies, designed roadway plans and traffic signal plans, and created traffic flow and circulation plans for many land uses, including churches and schools. Concurrent with his consulting activities, Mr. Birch serves as the City Engineer for St. Matthews and Lyndon in Kentucky.

Bennett Gregg Bennett LA attended Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Ornamental Horticulture. In addition he received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Design from Louisville Technical Institute in 1988. Mr. Bennett became a Registered Landscape Architect in 1994. Mr. Bennett has extensive experience and detailed knowledge in Site Planning, Site Design/Development and Landscape Architectural practices in multiple areas of Site Development.

He is experienced in Public/People-related projects in the Design of Retail/Commercial Sites, Shopping Centers, Educational and Financial Facilities, Recreational Parks, Athletic Facilities and Golf Courses. He also has experience in designing Pedestrian Plazas and Amusement/Water Parks, Single & Multi-Family Residential, and Correctional Institutional Facilities. Mr. Bennett has project experience at Local, State and Federal levels and Site Design experience includes Planning/Zoning Presentations and issues, project layout with emphasis on Site Disturbance, Drainage and Drainage Patterns, Vehicular and Pedestrian Circulation and Utility Coordination.

Addington John M. Addington LA is Planning Manager for BTM Engineering, Inc., with 30 years of experience in land planning and development services for public and private clients throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Mr. Addington has received wide recognition and awards for his work with planning, design and construction of destination resort communities, corporate campuses, mixed use developments, streetscapes, parks and greenways.

Since 1984, Mr. Addington has worked in the Louisville region, providing planning and rezoning services for several large scale mixed use developments. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science Degrees from New York State University of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse University and was past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Kentucky Chapter. He is a registered Landscape Architect in Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.

Chappell Nathan Chappell, PE, LSIT is BTM’s newest Owner. Mr. Chappell became a BTM Owner on July 1, 2013. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering in 2007. Mr. Chappell began his career at BTM in 2004 as a University of Louisville co-op. He completed two additional co-op sessions with BTM and joined the firm on a full-time basis in December, 2007. Mr. Chappell has project management and project engineering experience in site development and design/build construction. Through this experience, he has been responsible for the production of detailed construction drawings and documents according to client needs and engineering specifications along with obtaining agency approvals for his clients. He has also been the Project Manager on proposed storm water facilities including existing detention basin analysis and proposed detention basin design.