Building standards and codes are helping limit property damage and save lives. Case in point: The earthquake that struck Mexico this past Tuesday imposed less damage than a similar earthquake that hit in 1985. The IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety), www.disastersafety.org, Tampa, Fla., attributes this to improved building standards and codes.

The IBHS says, as of Thursday morning, there were no fatalities in this week’s earthquake, with an estimated 60 homes destroyed, compared to the 1985 quake that killed 10,000 people and destroyed 400 buildings. Since 1985, officials have enacted new, stricter building regulations, which have resulted in stronger buildings, reduced property damage, and saved lives, according to the IBHS.

For contractors, stricter building regulations will require a keen eye on inspections, audits, and QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) events. A number of software applications are designed to help construction organizations manage these tasks.

Field ID, www.fieldid.com, Toronto, Ont., a provider of safety and compliance software, recently announced the availability of its application for the iPad. The technology allows safety inspectors to make the switch from clipboards, pen, and paper, and use technology to manage safety inspections.

A big trend in the construction industry today is pushing the capabilities of software to the jobsite, allowing teams to access information on a variety of different devices such as the iPad.

With this announcement, the software from Field ID can now be used on the Web, Windows Mobile devices, and the iPad. Some features of Field ID for the iPad include being able to record inspection, audit, and QA/QC data online or offline, manage inspection schedules to remain compliant, and capture defects and deficiencies in equipment, facilities, and jobsites, among others.

With stricter building codes, software can help construction companies manage safety data in the office or at the jobsite. As technology continues to advance, contractors have more options for collecting critical data, and streamlining the inspection process.