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– March 2, 2015

Workshop to take systems approach to bullet train

High-speed rail will get technical on April 7 during a workshop sponsored by the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State for engineers, construction managers and policy makers interested in the California project.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the University Business Center with a coffee social, followed by a workshop covering topics like the origin and evolution of high-speed rail, successful systems in Asia and Europe and technical considerations like electrification, maintenance facilities and signaling and traffic control.

The workshop will be presented by Eduardo Romo, an international expert in railways systems, and Jorge Sanchez, a 19-year veteran in civil engineering in rail, transit and roadway projects.

Following that, the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County and Precision Civil Engineering will present a panel of experts at 3:15 p.m. to talk about the technical accomplishments with California's high-speed rail project to date.

Panel guest Jeff Morales, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, will also share his outlook for the future of the system. He will be joined by Fresno State President Joseph Castro and several industry experts who are currently working on the project.

Seating is limited so those interested in attending the event are urged to register soon at www.fresno.edu/engineering/hsrworkshop.html. The cost is $295 and includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials. More information can be found by contacting the Lyles College of Engineering at (559) 278-2500.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State.

The Lyles College of Engineering will hold another workshop on April 21 to discuss the implementation process of high-speed rail from planning to operation. Another one covering the design and construction of high-speed rail will be announced at a later date.

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