One hot IT market these days is developing business apps. But some contractors are using an old tool to build their own.
Rampart Hydro Services, a hydro demolition firm in Coraopolis, Pa., has long used Apple's FileMaker product to manage project data. Recently, James Pierson, IT and facilities manager, began using a new version, FileMaker Pro 12 ($300), to build his own apps for field data collection. It links to FileMaker Go, a mobile version for iOS devices.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.