Behind The Scenes With The I-59/20 Big Build

Behind The Scenes With The I-59/20 Big Build

By: Jeff Stephenson, PE, PTOE If you live anywhere close to the Birmingham area or if you have traveled through Birmingham within the past several months, you are certainly aware of the construction taking place on I-59/20 in the Central Business District (CBD) of downtown Birmingham. The emphasis of the project is to replace the […]

Did You Know? Travel Demand Models Help Planners Predict Travel Patterns

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Did You Know? Travel Demand Models Help Planners Predict Travel Patterns

By: Paul Gilliam, P.E., Senior Project Manager Travel Demand Forecasting involves the use of a variety of models to duplicate Trip Generation, Trip Distribution, Mode Choice (e.g. car, transit, bicycle, etc.), and Highway/Transit assignment in a metropolitan region. The models are coded using a program language that is typically executed using Cube or TransCAD software. […]

A Trip to Cape Town, South Africa

A Trip to Cape Town, South Africa

By; Calvin Lokko, Designer I visited Cape Town this past Thanksgiving for the first time to visit my two uncles and their families. I couldn’t wait to hear their stories about my grandfather, and their personal stories of being engineers in South Africa. They faced many obstacles during Apartheid to get their engineering degrees, and […]

A Recap of 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

A Recap of 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

By: Joe Meads, Principal/Owner 2018 was a very good year for Sain Associates on many fronts. If we used a baseball analogy, we hit some singles and some doubles during the year and a home run at the end of the year. It always feels great to finish well and it sets us up to […]

Getting to Know Paul Gilliam

Getting to Know Paul Gilliam

Our recent announcement of acquiring Vision Engineering and Planning (Vision E&P), a transportation planning and engineering DBE firm with locations in Columbia, MD and Atlanta, GA, brings Paul Gilliam, the current President of Vision E&P, to the Sain team.

Employee Interview: Charles Cochran + Tony Montanaro

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Sain Associates News | No Comments
Employee Interview: Charles Cochran + Tony Montanaro

  Today we are excited to be highlighting Tony Montanaro and Charles Cochran! Tony is an assistant project manager with the Infrastructure Department, and Charles is a project manager with the Traffic Team. Both Tony and Charles are celebrating their 5 year Sainniversary this month!  We sat down with both of them to learn more […]

2018 Alabama Rural Road Safety Conference

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Road Safety, Safety | No Comments
2018 Alabama Rural Road Safety Conference

By: Jeff Stephenson This week, Becky White and I had the opportunity to represent Sain Associates at the 5th Annual Alabama Rural Road Safety Conference at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. This conference is for those who are responsible for the design, maintenance, and safety of rural roads. The attendees received instruction on available tools, […]

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. 

Think Safety First Near Railway Crossings

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Railroad Safety, Uncategorized | No Comments
Think Safety First Near Railway Crossings

By: Brandon Kennedy, Traffic Designer Railway safety is a topic that cannot be emphasized enough for both the public and those working on the railway. According to Federal Railroad Administration statistics, 274 highway-rail grade crossing fatalities occurred in 2017, with 9 being in Alabama.

Making Each STEP Count

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Road Safety, Safety, Transportation | No Comments
Making Each STEP Count

By: Jim Meads, P.E. In its fourth round of Every Day Counts (EDC-4), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting pedestrian safety initiatives under a program called Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP). Pedestrians are most at risk for injury or death when crossing motor vehicle traffic at mid-block locations or un-signalized intersections.