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Schnabel Engineering names new president and CEO

Schnabel Engineering, Inc. announced that after more than 28 years with the firm, Gordon M. Matheson, Ph.D., P.E., PG, president and CEO, will retire from the firm at the end of February 2016. Schnabel’s Board of Directors named Walter J. Rabe, P.E., president and CEO.

FAA updates DC-area unmanned aircraft procedures

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its conditions for flying unmanned aircraft in the area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. to clarify differences for various types of unmanned aircraft.

AEC TECH NEWS: Trimble acquires Sefaira Ltd.

Trimble announced the acquisition of London/New York-based Sefaira Ltd., a developer of cloud-based software for the design of sustainable and high-performance buildings. The acquisition of Sefaira expands Trimble's Design-Build-Operate (DBO) portfolio to include tools for designing high-performing buildings early in the conceptual phase of a project. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

77 cities respond to U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge

Seventy-seven cities have submitted applications for the first-of-its-kind U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. The competition seeks to create an innovative, fully integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.

M&A activity remains steady in 2015 for the AEC sector

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the engineering and construction sector remained consistent for full year 2015, according to Engineering growth, a quarterly analysis of the global deal activity in the engineering and construction industry by PwC US.

Thornton Tomasetti project to receive Built by Women DC Award

Thornton Tomasetti announced that one of its projects, the National Science Foundation Headquarters at 2461 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria, Va., was selected to receive a Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) Built by Women District of Columbia (BxW DC) Award. Additionally, Peggy Van Eepoel, P.E., an associate principal in the firm’s Weidlinger Protective Design practice, will be recognized for her leadership on the project.

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