We are pleased to announce the opening of our new branch office in Huntsville, Alabama. The full-service branch will be in Cummings Research Park at 5021 Technology [...]
By: Dan Mellott, GISP In my role as GIS Manager at Sain, I recently attended a workshop sponsored by the GIS Association of Alabama that demonstrated the employment of GIS and drone technology for search and rescue operations by the Springville, AL Fire Department. During the workshop, a field exercise took place showing how drone […]
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).
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, […]
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 […]
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.
It’s not unusual for counties and cities to have old, outdated information about their systems, such as water and wastewater utility systems.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.
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.
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 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.
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.