CE&I

Understanding Driveway Cracking

Driveways are often plagued by a common nemesis: cracks. But fear not, understanding the cause is the first step to keeping them at bay. It’s not a matter of if your driveway will crack, but when. Not all cracks are the same, so understanding what causes cracking to occur can help prevent the deterioration of…
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Paving the Way for Jasper’s Road Revival

Sain Associates has been working with the City of Jasper for many years providing pavement management services.  Earlier this year, Sain personnel evaluated all roadways within the City limits and prioritized paving needs into two resurfacing projects.  Sain is also the CE&I (Construction Engineering and Inspection) services provider for all major resurfacing projects for the…
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Do You Really Need Full-Time Inspection? 

Sain Associates has performed construction inspections for many of our city and county clients. Recently, we have had several cities utilize part-time inspectors for their projects. Construction site inspectors play a vital role in ensuring that a city’s projects are executed safely and efficiently. They serve as the “eyes and ears” of the city and make…
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Helping Communities with ADA Compliance

Sain Associates is currently assisting multiple municipalities across the state to achieve compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements within public rights-of-way. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is a wide-ranging civil rights law that is intended to protect against discrimination based on disability. A portion of this law governs the steps a…
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Pavement Preservation – Don’t be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

We’ve all seen paving crews out working at some time or another. But what are they doing – especially when the road seemed to be in fine shape? Hopefully, the city, county, or state is being proactive about preventive maintenance. The buzzword on this right now is called Pavement Preservation. It is more cost-effective to do preventive maintenance…
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Diversifying with GIS & CE&I

In last week’s blog, we highlighted the history of civil and traffic engineering at Sain Associates, and on Tuesday, Joe Meads shared the history behind our surveying team. Today, we’ll explore the story behind geographic information systems (GIS) and construction engineering and inspection (CE&I) services. As we celebrated our firm’s 40th anniversary in 2012, we…
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Recap of 2020 and Looking Forward to 2021

A whirlwind of uncertainty landed on us in 2020, and we quickly learned how to adapt and be flexible. Although 2020 included a lot of the unknown, our team encountered several milestones throughout the year.  The most important highlight was adding a full-service branch office in Huntsville, Alabama. During 2020, our team attended award events…
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CE&I for Bridge Construction

Sain provides Construction Engineering & Inspection (CE&I) services for roadway projects, including bridges, resurfacing, widening, signals, drainage, and sidewalks. Over the last several years, Sain has helped cities with their CE&I duties as they hire contractors to build new bridges.  Our CE&I staff is experienced with bridge inspections and construction administration, having worked on over…
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Matt Hardegree: Intern Spotlight

Say hello to our CE&I intern, Matt. Between his can-do attitude and passion for learning more, we’ve been impressed with Matt, to say the least. Matt is a graduate student at Auburn University and is pursuing a master’s degree in community planning. We took a moment to ask Matt about his time so far at…
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Future Careers: Academy of Craft Training

An industry’s future success is dependent on many factors, but one critical component is the ability to refresh a workforce, replacing retiring professionals with bright-minded individuals who can build fulfilling careers. The starting point for sustaining an industry is education, where the next generation can gain a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. In Birmingham,…
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