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discussed recommended practice 43R‐08 for contingency de‐
termination using parametric estimating and described a new
project systemic contingency tool for small projects developed
by a Canadian oil and gas company.
Next, Zaher Hmayed of Examine summarized CDR‐2192 Dif‐
ferent Allocation Methods for Indirect Costs by William
Schwartzkopf and Cory Milburn. This paper compared the re‐
sults of using a cost allocation base of direct labor hours to other
allocation methods such as actual cost compared to adjusted,
cost per day and period based costs
The ﬁnal subject presented by Lise Bouchard, CCP, of Hatch,
and covered PM‐2204‐ Can Your Project's Organization be Agile?
This paper by Joe Lukas, CCP, compared the agile and waterfall
methods and described how and when to use agile and how to
add value by using speciﬁc agile tools.
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of
two Montreal Section scholarships. The recipient included
Marwa Hussein Ahmed who has completed a Masters in Con‐
struction Engineering and working on a PHD at Concordia Uni‐
versity in Civil Engineering and Yousef Saadati, a PHD student in
the mechanical engineering department at ETS in Montreal.
Both gave gracious and heartfelt acceptance speeches and were
congratulated by all in attendance.
* St. Louis Section
On Tuesday, March 14, the St. Louis Section toured the St.
Louis Arch museum renovation and expansion project at the
Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting was
at the oﬃces of CityArchRiver and started at noon with a 30
minute presentation, followed by a tour of the construction site.
The meeting concluded at about 1:15 p.m. Arrangements were
facilitated by Lonny Boring of the Green Rivers Gateway organ‐
ization. The tour guide was Anna Leavey, Director of Construc‐
tion for CityArchRiver. Attending were: Pradeep Juturu, Bob
Mabry, CCP, John Morton, CCP, Viola Pancratz, CCP, Andy Paster,
Paul Percich, David Price, and Marvin Woods, CCP. ◆
* IN MEMORIAM *
September 28, 2015, will forever mark the day that Augusta
and the world lost a beautiful soul. Patricia Elena Cuartas‐Ville‐
gas, surrounded by loving family and friends, made her transi‐
tion into God's loving arms after two and half years of a learning
experience with colon cancer.
Elena was a prior member of AACE International and was a
Certiﬁed Cost Professional (CCP), having obtained her certiﬁca‐
tion in 1999.
Elena was a feisty young woman with sparkling eyes and
mischievous smile, who was loved by many here and abroad.
She was incredibly intelligent, and was admired and respected
by all who worked with her over the years at the Department
of Energy at the Savannah River Site as of June 2009. There she
led the development of the DOE‐SR Risk Management Plan and
annual updates. She worked alongside contractor and DOE de‐
partment managers cultivating a great deal of respect for her
impressive eﬀorts, Project Time & Cost and MWH Global both
in Atlanta. Her Engineer brain kept her in charge, and she was
born to lead! Coworkers frequently sought her counsel and
were grateful for the quality she brought to every project.
Born in Fort Sam Houston, Texas on March 14, 1970, she
grew up globally with her military family. Elena attained her en‐
gineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Tech‐
nology. Elena loved to travel and spend time with her beloved
family, her father Dr. Francisco Ignacio Cuartas H. (now de‐
ceased), her mother Ariana Villegas, her brother Juan Francisco
and Andrea Cepeda and her dogs, Kahlua and Blizzard.
She had a special gift of caring for others even above her‐
self, and carefully planned surprises for those around her. Her
two and half years experience with colon cancer was diﬃcult,
but she never allowed her spirits to sag far, shoring up those
around her, even until the end. Elena positively touched many
lives, and her indomitable spirit is a legacy that will stay with us
Elena was inquisitive and spiritual. She leaves behind many
precious family members and friends, including aunts, uncles
and her cousins in Colombia, South America. A celebration of
her life was conducted at St. Mary's on the Hill at 4 p.m. on
Thursday, October 1, 2015. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Direc‐
tors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA handled the arrangements.
This obituary has been reprinted from The Augusta Chron‐
icle newspaper. ◆
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