Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Sain Associates

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Sain Associates

At Sain Associates, we’re fortunate to have several experienced and talented female engineers on our staff, but studies have found that many girls don’t even know what engineering is. There is a need for girls to see more role models advocating for the engineering profession.

To Fund or Not Fund Federally: Using APPLE to Answer the Question

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Guest Post, Transportation | No Comments
To Fund or Not Fund Federally: Using APPLE to Answer the Question

This post was written based on an interview done with Scott Tillman, RPCGB Director of Planning and Operations and Darrell Howard, AICP, PTP, RPCGB Deputy Director of Planning

As we mentioned last week, determining whether or not your project should be funded federally can be difficult. Luckily, in 2012, Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham developed the Advanced Planning Programming and Logical Engineering (APPLE) initiative to help.

To Fund or Not Fund Federally

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Transportation | No Comments

This post was written based on an interview done with Scott Tillman, RPCGB Director of Planning and Operations and Darrell Howard, AICP, PTP, RPCGB Deputy Director of Planning

Depending on the project and situation, federal funding can be a great thing. But it’s not always the best fit. Dwindling federal resources is a key reason why the decision to fund projects federally is so important. We need to use the funds carefully.

Which Came First – Utilities or the Roadway?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in New Projects, Utilities | No Comments
Which Came First – Utilities or the Roadway?

When you’re looking at designing (or redesigning) a roadway, you need to think first about the impact that project will have on the utilities surrounding the road. If you don’t, you’ll likely find yourself grinding to a halt when you encounter a utilities-related roadblock in your project.

Don’t Be Afraid of Public Involvement

Speaking to groups of people can sometimes be a challenge for engineers. Some of us are introverts, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the details of a project. But sometimes it’s necessary and very important for us to communicate technical messages to the public. Though it may be a challenge, it’s something we’re happy to do.

US 231 Roadway Improvement Project a Success for Sain

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Sain Projects | No Comments

Nobody likes driving through construction zones that often equal more congestion, slower speeds and delays. But one of the rewards of being a civil engineer is being a part of projects that benefit the public and make these difficult driving conditions a little easier.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Design Professional

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers a broad range of topics related to accessibility including specific guidelines that must be met when designing public projects. Although the original ADA legislation was passed in 1990, the guidelines and standards continue to be updated, and design professionals need to stay current on ADA requirements.

How we engage our employees to grow and save money

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Best Practices | One Comment

Are you thinking about developing a new market or service? Maybe it’s a service you don’t currently provide but your competitors do, or maybe it’s a new market that’s seen to be the “next big thing” in your field.