In a recent presentation at a San Francisco conference on optics and photonics, researchers presented papers describing their successful tests of optical data transmission tools, which soon may replace current data centers’ thousands of miles of fiber-optic cables with overhead layer of infrared laser beams, lenses and mirrors.
New technologies are being launched at an accelerating pace. Deciding when to be an early adopter and when to wait and see can be difficult for design and construction professionals. ENR will talk with experts responsible for exploring emerging technologies at major firms to help sort out the differences.
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.