The Army Corps of Engineers has revised its plans for a $1 billion flood-defense complex in New Orleans, staving off cost overruns of as much as $300 million. The plan changes came as a result of a design summit the Corps held in October with its contractors to find cost-saving alternatives for the complex. The summit allowed the Corps to include contractors' ideas early in the process without having to modify contracts, which could be costly, said Tom Podany, chief of the Corps' Protection and Restoration Office.

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