Eric Wood is our featured associate this month. [...]
This Thanksgiving, we hope you have many, many things to be thankful for. We know we have been blessed at Sain Associates. As we’ve gone through this season, we’ve been thinking about the things we can be thankful for as a result of civil engineering.
Throughout history, civil engineers have designed and built facilities that have helped advance civilization and improve our standard of living. Our field involves the conception, planning, design, construction and operation of facilities essential to modern life. This means transit systems, infrastructure, offshore structures and space satellites and dealing with issues regarding pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water, energy needs, urban redevelopment, community planning and more.
We are fortunate that on Thanksgiving Day, we will gather in homes with clean running water, indoor toilets, energy that provides heat and the ability to cook and store food. If we need to go to the grocery store we have paved roads to travel, and we know the store will be well stocked with food products that were transported from great distances. As we travel we pass through communities with street lights and with streets and ditches that are sanitary and well drained and where garbage is collected and properly disposed.
These things are all possible thanks to civil engineers who apply their knowledge and expertise to help communities. But there are many people in less developed countries who haven’t yet had the chance to see and benefit from the results of civil engineering. Many of us in America have so much, and the things we worry about are minute in importance compared to the challenges faced by people living in less developed countries.
As we give thanks for the bounty we enjoy this Thanksgiving, we remember those who do not have clean water, proper sanitation, or adequate roads for daily travel. Our prayer and hope is that one day all communities on earth will be healthy, safe places for people to live and work.