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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.

Construction Backlog Indicator reaches another all-time high

Washington, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached a new all-time high during the third quarter of 2014 at 8.8 months, eclipsing the previous all-time high of 8.5 months in the second quarter of 2014. The 2014 third quarter backlog is 6.9 percent higher than the third quarter of 2013 and the continued growth of backlog during the last six months likely indicates that 2015 will be a strong year of recovery for the nation's nonresidential construction industry.

Bechtel to design and build a combined-cycle power plant in Virginia

Frederick, Md. — Bechtel is part of a consortium awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract to build a natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plant in Loudoun County, Va. The Stonewall Energy Project, a 778-megawatt facility with advanced emissions-control technology, will be one of the cleanest and most efficient plants in the nation. This will be the fourth power plant the Bechtel-Siemens consortium has built for Panda Power Funds.

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