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California, Florida DOTs win top America's Transportation Awards

Charlotte, N.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) earned the Grand Prize and the People's Choice awards in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition.

ARCADIS selected to ‘fix and fortify’ New York City's subway system

New York — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit selected ARCADIS to restore the city's subway system to pre-Sandy conditions and protect it against future storms. Under the five-year, $26 million task order contract, ARCADIS will produce and implement innovative flood resiliency designs for subway stations, tunnels, bus depots, public areas, and more for North America's largest transportation network.

NLC releases State of the Cities analysis

Austin, Texas — As the prominence of cities continues to grow, the voice of our nation’s mayors is quickly becoming a barometer for the contemporary conditions and the future direction of our country. The National League of Cities’ (NLC’s) new annual report, State of the Cities, provides an analysis of mayoral state of the city addresses and identifies key trends in cities and the responses of local governments.

AWC announces self-directed study program

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications.

Central Florida leaders celebrate reconstructed, reinvented Orlando Citrus Bowl

Orlando, Fla. — An official ribbon cutting was held marking a new beginning for the historic Orlando Citrus Bowl, three days before the reconstructed stadium’s first football bowl game, the Florida Blue Florida Classic. In less than 10 months, the stadium has undergone a $165 million, 85 percent reconstruction, featuring a new design by HNTB Corporation that includes three new state-of-the-art video boards, new lower and mid-level seating, a renovated upper level, and a modern new team facilities building.

Drones the new tool for inspection and audits in heavy industry

Sydney, Australia — Two Australian companies have given heavy industry a much faster and safer means to inspect or audit dangerous and inaccessible areas. Soto Consulting Engineers aerial photography specialist Coptercam use remote control flying equipment, commonly known as drones. The solution largely eliminates reliance on teams of personnel, rigging and scaffolding and the dangers involved, plus it cuts down much of the time it previously took for inspections of large scale plant and equipment.

2014 Tank of the Year winner is announced

Kansas City, Mo. — The Tank of the Year contest, a national water storage tank competition presented by Tnemec Company Inc., has come to an end and the annual title has been awarded to Midland, Texas. Rising out of the Permian Basin area in western Texas, which produces one-fifth of the nation’s total petroleum and natural gas output, Midland’s 2 million-gallon composite elevated tank features a logo that highlights the community’s spirit.

ICC 2015-2017 Code Development Cycle begins

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council’s (ICC) 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle begins with the Group A International Codes. Used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the International Codes, or I-Codes, are developed using a governmental consensus process. It is an open, inclusive process that allows input and participation from all individuals and groups. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated codes.

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