NYU’S INVISIBLE CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE ON NOV. 17 EXPLORES INNOVATIONS IN PUBLIC WORKS Public officials, civil engineers and other experts in construction and public works from Europe and the United States will converge on New York University’s campus Tuesday, November 17 to discuss and exchange information on an emerging industry known as “Invisible Construction.”

The Invisible Construction Conference panelists, who represent companies from as far away as the U.K. and France, will reveal the latest construction and maintenance technology for bridges, roadways, utilities and buildings that reduce the disruption of services and mobility, and minimize impact on residents and businesses. The conference is hosted by NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

California researcher, Leo Mara, inventor of the Rapid Road Repair Vehicle, featured in November’s Popular Mechanics magazine, will give a presentation on his new bus-size invention for repairing street potholes designed to complete road maintenance without interruption to traffic flow.

The day-long conference will begin at 8:30 a.m., at 40 Washington Square South at MacDougal Street, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge. Panelists include:

Fernando Ferrer, Bronx Borough President, will discuss infrastructure issues facing New York City.

Pascal Bocherel, of Gaz de France, will discuss an invisible construction technique used in France called trenchless technology for underground excavation.

Lawrence G. Reuter, President, Metropolitan Transit Authority/New York City Transit, will discuss the subway and transportation systems in New York.

Mark Hoffman, of Subterra-UK, will discuss technology used by Subterra, a division of the British Thames Water Services Limited. The company is considered a worldwide leader in water and gas main rehabilitation and technology.

NOTE: FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AGENDA CALL 212-998-6838 Other conference participants include representatives from the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, the City Planning Commission, the New York State Thruway and the City Comptroller’s Office. NYU’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, the Sam Schwartz Company, Fort Miller Group, Con Edison and the General Contractors Association of New York are sponsors of the conference.

About the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS)

The Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) was established within New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in January 1998 with five-year funding from the National Science Foundation. NYU is joined by three partnering institutions: Cornell University, Polytechnic University of New York, and the University of Southern California. The Institute integrates the perspectives of the applied social science and engineering disciplines to support transportation, water, energy, communication, and waste management systems consistent with the goals of the communities they serve. The Institute will become a principal US center for exchanging information and ideas about civil infrastructure systems and their role in modern communities.

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