Surveyors

A Day in the Life of a Land Surveyor

A typical day for a land surveyor often begins as soon as the sun rises. In this blog, our Survey Team will take you through a typical workday, shedding light on the often-underappreciated work that goes into making our cities and infrastructure a reality. Before most of Sain’s staff arrives at the office, our team…
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Did You Know: Detention and Retention Ponds

As cities grow and land development expands, properly diverting water becomes crucial. Cities typically require the developer not to increase the amount of water discharging from the site after construction is complete. To control excess water after a storm, detention or retention ponds are used to prevent flooding, erosion, and runoff. As civil engineers and…
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Did you know? Surveying Basics

One of the best ways to describe surveyors is to say that we are the eyes and ears of property owners. Many property owners, public or private, are not always familiar with the land they are trying to develop or improve. By doing a survey, we can show and note on a survey any easement,…
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The History Behind Our Surveying Services

Earlier this month, I chatted with former Sain team member Jerry South about the history of Sain’s surveying services. It was amazing to relive stories from the past and revisit memories from decades ago. I thought I would share an overview of our conversation which will give a better background of the history of Sain’s…
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History of Technologies in Survey

The practice of surveying dates back to 3000 BC when the Egyptians had to re-establish farmland boundaries after the flooding of the Nile. Land surveying methods were also used in the construction of the Great Giza Pyramid. Today, land surveying is a sophisticated scientific technique that uses technology to measure and determine points on the…
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Working Together to Improve Large Project Ticket Requests

Sain Associates was recently featured in the Alabama 811 Magazine. Alabama 811 is the one call notification center for Alabama. They process notification of proposed excavation activities and notify member underground facility owners to mark their facilities prior to the excavation activities to reduce potential damages. For more information on Alabama 811, visit https://www.al811.com/ Alicia…
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Meet Our New Survey Manager

We are pleased to introduce Gary Pitzing, PLS, has joined the Sain team. Gary worked at Sain from 2004 to 2007 as a project manager, and we are thrilled for him to return to our Sain family as Survey Manager. In his new role as Survey Manager, Gary’s responsibilities include directing, coordinating, and managing survey…
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How to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

Wide-brimmed hats and SPF clothing aren’t just accessories during the summer; they are a necessity. In August, the average temperature in Alabama is 90 degrees. As summer stretches on, it’s important to be aware of heat-related illnesses because anyone at any age can suffer from a heat-related illness. Every year our Survey department braves the…
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Retracement of the Terminus of the Huntsville Meridian

The United States Public Land Survey was established by the Land Ordinance of 1785 to plat property for sale and settling. In 1807, Major Thomas Freeman, Deputy U.S. Surveyor, established a marker on Alabama’s state line and began surveying south toward the middle of the state. The line, known as the Huntsville Meridian, is the…
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