Time to Rebuild Alabama!

Time to Rebuild Alabama!

By: Jim Meads, P.E. Alabama drivers saw a 6-cent state gas tax increase this past weekend starting September 1st. This was the first increment of the 10-cent tax approved this year by the legislature and Governor Kay Ivey. Alabama’s Fuel Tax of 18 cents per gallon on gas and 19 cents on diesel was the […]

Did You Know? What To Do When a Signal Is In Flash

Did You Know? What To Do When a Signal Is In Flash

By: Jeremy Greer, P.E. Traffic signals are part of daily life for most U.S. citizens.  Traffic signals are commonly seen at roadway intersections and primarily function to assign the right-of-way to the various traffic movements.  A traffic signal uses three colors, directional arrows, and circular indications to convey certain messages to drivers.  When signals work […]

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

By: Alicia Bailey, P.E. One of my favorite quotes from Jim Meads is “I’m not up in the stands; I’m on the playing field with you.”  When you are in charge of managing a design project, it’s always helpful to know “who is on the playing field” with you.  An easy way to describe how we […]

History Underground Can Impact Your Project

History Underground Can Impact Your Project

By: Alicia Bailey, P.E.  Have you ever wondered how paving a new road through an undisturbed wooded area impacts the environment?  Sain Associates certainly has. Sometimes there are no major issues, but occasionally an engineer can get an unhappy surprise. 

More on Engineering Ethics

More on Engineering Ethics

“With increasing competition to secure contracts for engineering and design services, AEC firm executives and practice leaders must ensure that they stand out among the crowd. But sometimes efforts to gain favor and secure contracts—particularly for government and public projects—can go too far.”

The Business of Having Fun

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Best Practices, Community | No Comments
The Business of Having Fun

It’s the beginning of another new year. This is a time when many people are busy setting personal and professional goals, making resolutions and in general, trying to get a fresh start. And while we all do these things to get ready for a new year at Sain Associates, we’re also already thinking about all the FUN we’re going to have in 2016. Our Funtime Committee will play a big part in these plans.

What Our Team Leaders Wish They Had Known

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Best Practices | No Comments
What Our Team Leaders Wish They Had Known

A few weeks ago, Sain Associates Principal/Owner, Joe Meads, wrote a blog post that was inspired by his daughter’s first college essay. In the essay and the blog, Joe answered three questions that explored his career path to help him determine what he wishes he had known at the start of the journey. We thought this was an interesting exercise, so we presented it to our team leaders as well.

What I Wish I Had Known

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Best Practices | One Comment
What I Wish I Had Known

For her first college essay, my daughter, Lindsey Meads, was asked to do a career exploration, and she decided to ask me a few questions. I wanted to share them here, because this advice applies to many of us, no matter where we are at this point in our career. It meant a lot to me that Lindsey chose me to help with her paper, and I found her closing paragraph touching.

Another Step Toward More Women in Engineering

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Best Practices | No Comments
Another Step Toward More Women in Engineering

My youngest son is four years old, and he’s really interested in construction equipment and talking about any type of construction. I tell him he can be involved in construction when he grows up if he goes to college and becomes a civil engineer. He says “I don’t want to be an engineer, because that’s a girl’s job!”