Did You Know: GIS Mapping

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017
Did You Know: GIS Mapping

Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on the Earth’s surface. This system utilizes a combination of computerized drafting technology (for drawing point, line, and polygon features that represent real world objects) and relational database technology (for storing detailed information about those objects).

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 […]

Sain Associates Brand Words: TRUSTWORTHY

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015
Sain Associates Brand Words: TRUSTWORTHY

Trustworthy — able to be relied on to do or provide what is needed or right, deserving of trust

As we move forward with our updated branding, “trustworthy” will be one of our four guiding principles. Although these four words and their associated images are new to our branding, they are not new to Sain Associates, especially the word trustworthy.

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It’s not unusual for counties and cities to have old, outdated information about their systems, such as water and wastewater utility systems.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.

Our Employees Hit the Ground Running

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014

You may have seen pictures and posts on Facebook over the weekend as many people participated in and watched the Mercedes Marathon events. It’s a big event for the state, and we were thrilled to have two of our employees, Matt Lackey and Dan Mellott, complete the half-marathon.

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.

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.