Supporting Transportation Engineering with GIS

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016
Supporting Transportation Engineering with GIS

We recently blogged about Sain’s involvement in Alabama’s Horizontal Curve Safety Initiative. In that blog, we touched on the importance of the horizontal curve as a transition element in geometric design for highways and the opportunity this project has to reduce traffic crashes in Alabama. A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, […]

GIS Quick Start

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016
GIS Quick Start

A Geographic Information System (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns and trends. These services perfectly complement Sain’s other areas of engineering expertise. Sain Associates offers a full range of GIS services to develop and implement user-friendly and cost-effective enterprise systems tailored to the individual needs of each […]

Mapping Wastewater Systems with GIS

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015
Mapping Wastewater Systems with GIS

It’s not unusual for counties and cities to have old, outdated information about their systems, such as water and wastewater utility systems. I’ve seen these situations many times through the years, and a Geographical Information System (GIS) is a perfect solution for turning the existing data into something that’s much more useful.

Answering “What Ifs” with GIS

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

Things happen. While playing the “what if” game isn’t always helpful, in some cases it can get us thinking about how we would respond in certain scenarios.

GIS: More than Just a Pretty Map

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014

In light of the recent major snow and ice incident in the South, I began thinking about some of the benefits of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that people may not normally consider. During this storm, GIS capabilities were more than likely used in some capacity to assess the evolving conditions and assist in recovery efforts.

The Benefits of Sain Associates’ On-Call GIS Services

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013

About a year ago, I came to Sain Associates to help launch the GIS department of the company. Since that time we’ve gained clients and grown our services. Today, we are able to offer on-call GIS services, which provide multiple benefits.

GIS Services Make Transportation Planning Easier in Birmingham

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013

GIS has a multitude of applications in planning and engineering. Right now, we are working with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) to develop a linear referencing system. It’s an interesting project that has the potential to greatly enhance RPCGB’s ability to manage the Birmingham region’s transportation improvement program.

New GIS Services at Sain Associates

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012
New GIS Services at Sain Associates

Dan Mellott, GISP, grew up in Pennsylvania with dreams of becoming an architect. Military ties brought him South, and he ended up in school for computer science. Soon after that, he discovered that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was the perfect marriage of these two worlds. He’s been at it for about 24 years since.