2015 Roadrunner Estimator of the Year, Sam Garrell, CPE

We congratulate Sam Garrell, CPE as this year’s Chapter#47 Estimator of the Year. This award is presented to

Sam Garrell, CPE Award Presentation June 3, 2015

Sam Garrell, CPE Award Presentation June 3, 2015

recognize members that have performed at a high level in the chapter and in the estimating field during this year’s cycle. Sam is the Vice President of Estimating at AUI, Inc. Congratulations Sam!

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Antonio Montoya, ACE High School Senior Award Recipient

ASPE Roadrunner 47 started the ACE High School Tool Award this spring. Applicants must fill out forms, write an essay

Joe Flemming, CPE and ACE Award Recipient, Antonio Montoya April 24, 2015

Joe Flemming, CPE and ACE Award Recipient, Antonio Montoya April 24, 2015

and get recommendations from teachers and employers to submit for the award. Once a winner is selected, they will receive $250 worth of tools to get them started in their trade. After shopping at Home Depot for a future electrician, the store provided a 15% discount with allowed us to purchase a $40 gift card to go with the tools.Normally, the student would be invited to a chapter meeting to receive the award, but due to our April meeting hitting during spring break, alternative plans had to be made. I was invited to present a talk about alternative construction careers, mainly estimating. It was decided the award would be presented at that talk on April 24.

When I arrived at the new ACE High School, I was informed that students were in the midst of preparing for their Capstone projects and asked if I would review the teams’ cost estimates for their projects. Obviously, I volunteered to spend the entire afternoon with the students.
As I started my presentation, I asked how many of the students ever thought of construction estimating as a career. Naturally, nobody responded. I began telling of how I became an estimator and provided other means to becoming an estimator. Throughout the talk, a few students seemed generally interested. Several asked questions, but one continued to ask question after relevant question.

At the end of the talk, I announced the winner of the first ASPE Roadrunner 47 ACE High School tool award – Antonio Montoya. That same interested student stood up with a large smile and came to the front of the room to accept his tools. Antonio couldn’t have been more appreciative. In addition to the posed photo of him receiving his award, I also caught him checking out his bucket of tools.

Submitted, Joe Flemming, CPE

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Roadrunner 1st Annual Isleta Golf Tournament



Format: 4 person scramble
Entry Fee: $ 400 per Team
Individual Player $ 100 each
Registration  11:00 AM
Lunch Served  11:15 to 12:15 PM
Shot Gun Start Time  12:30 PM


If you would like to participate please contact: Michael Rocco at 505-975-6999  rocco@auiinc.net or Julie Rodrigo at 505-974-1158  julier@auiinc.net with your Team Name by April 20th, 2015.


Chief Estimator $ 500, Estimator $ 250,  Junior Estimator $ 100

Make checks payable to ASPE. You can mail your payments to PO Box 92612, Albuquerque NM, 87199 or complete the Credit Card Authorization form provided.

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Tom Norton, the SW Chair for the National Certification Committee, is reminding all CPEs in the Road-Runner Chapter that Lifetime Certification is available to CPEs that have been continuously certified since 2003.

Contact Bob McMartin, Chapter Certification Chair for application and eligibility

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National ASPE Meeting & 2015 Estimator Summit, San Diego, CA June 24-28

summit logoMark your calendars NOW for a conference you can really look forward to.  The2015 ASPE Annual Meeting & Estimators Summit is an all new format offering professional speakers to further your education in the industry and help you advance professionally in your personal career.  Two days packed with four EDUCATION speakers and four PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT speakers giving 90-minute presentations on a rotation basis where each attendee can hear all eight presentations.   Each session offers you learning units.  A one-stop-shop opportunity for continuing education units! 2015 ASPE Annual Meeting and Estimators Summit


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AVAILABLE NOW!   Click the link below to connect to Summit online registration and  agenda.

National Business Sessions  Wednesday through Saturday

Estimator Summit  full day sessions Thursday / Friday  includes Welcome Reception


  • Members:
    Early Bird thru April 15 — $750.00
    Standard Pricing April 16- May 31 — $825.00
    Late Registration June 1 and after —- $900.00


  • Non Members
    Early Bird thru April 15 — $800.00
    Standard Pricing April 16- May 31 — $850.00
    Late Registration June 1 and after —- $1200.00


  • Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
ASPE Room Rates $189.00
Use code ASP615
Hotel Room Rate Deadline is May 30th

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UNM Engineering Student Awarded $1000 Scholarship

Roadrunner Chapter #47 ASPE has an Endowment at UNM, the “R.M.Vittitow Endowment”. A $1,000.00 scholarship was awarded by the UNM Foundation Board this fall to a civil engineering student Ezequiel Mares.

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2015 Scholarships Available

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Contech Lunch Tour October 01

Contech Engineered Solutions hosted our October program with an onsite tour of their continuous coiled pipe production and a great BBQ feast.

Joe Menicucci explained the variations that can be formed at their facility and contrasted the old-style ( and very expensive) bolted corrugation vs. the modernized “triple” crimping method  of piping.   In a 20 minute tour of the production area, 20 LF of 60″ dia pipe was coiled, crimped, and cut. At the same time another section was “re-rolled”, a process of cleaning up edges for  connections. Meanwhile 3 sections were loaded for transport. By comparison, the bolted pipe is a labor intensive process which forms each section of pipe, bolts the seems, then attaches the sections together  and bolts the connection band.

Contech Worker cutting a new length of 20 foot corrugated pipe product. Unique to this process is the  "triple crimp"  formed where the coiled edges meet,and prevents the steel from uncoiling when cut. (photo courtesy Josh Crooker-Flint)

Contech Worker cutting a new length of 20 foot corrugated pipe product. Unique to this process is the “triple crimp” formed where the coiled edges meet,and prevents the steel from uncoiling when cut. (photo courtesy Josh Crooker-Flint)

We also learned that the larger the pipe diameter, the fewer the sections may be loaded for transport.  As an estimator knowing the number of  delivery trips to complete  oversized  pipe installations noteworthy because the cost per trip may be significant, especially over long distances.  Joe also showed an example of custom coatings that may be integrated into the pipe production process, implemented here in New Mexico is a high-heat resistant coating.

Josh Crooker-Flint, estimator with AUI Inc and Ch.47 V.P.  comments, ” The efficient layout of the production facilities allowing them to make multiple pipe sizes simultaneously, and with minimal crew size  for such a large production was impressive.”

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Recognizing Millard “Yar” Sheets III, CPE

Yar Sheets

Yar Sheets III, CPE

The RoadRunner Chapter would like to congratulate Millard “Yar” Sheets III  in his recent challenge of successfully passing the ASPE Certification Exams.

Yar submitted his Certification paperwork in January of this year and turned in his Technical Paper in June.  Yar then took the 4-hour General Estimating Knowledge (GEK) exam on Saturday, July 26, 2014 followed by the 8-hour Discipline Specific Test (DST) on Sunday, July 27, 2014.  Millard took the “1.4 General Construction DST” on Sunday, completed it with a couple of hours to spare, and scored in the mid 80 percentile!  We are still waiting to hear back on his score for the Technical Paper, titled “How to Estimate the Cost of a Class 100 Cleanroom”, but we are sure that there will be no problems in Yar receiving a passing grade.

UPDATE September 2014: Yar is officially a CPE! Congratulations Yar!


Submitted By Robert McMartin, ASPE Roadrunner Chapter#47 Certification Chairman

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National Convention 2014: Indianapolis Recap

2014-ConvLogo-Indy-Final-web-800pxWideWhether attending National Convention for the first time, or a loyal member lassoed into the role of becoming a new committee member, this year’s program had activity and entertainment for everyone.   Typically, the National Board of Trustees  holds one of their 3 annual meetings with sidebars for National Committees as necessary.  All Chapter reports are reviewed and updates from the Society Business Office are shared.   Breakout groups are held  for each region SW, NW, CP, SE,NE, and this year included a workshop for incoming Regional Governors, prepared by Chris Morton.

Governors front of business meeting

Governors front of business meeting

Dan Frondorf CPE Ethics Session

Dan Frondorf CPE Ethics Session

The Estimating Academy had speakers covering a range of topics from BIM applications, Advance BIM Modelling, Conceptual Estimating, Consulting, and Developments in Vietnam.  While these topics were open to the public and members, the convention workshop series for members included lively discussions on membership recruitment & retention strategy, ethics,  future of BIM In design applications ( 5D, Risk Management, Life Cycle analysis, virtual renovation)  and how to manage ALL THAT DATA ….   these informative sessions also  gave attendees an opportunity to obtain  CEU ( Continuing Educational Credits).

Thursday Lunch

Thursday Lunch

“Should MAL members have independent voting rights?”, the Bylaws committee walked us through the complexities of the question as applied to current bylaw, potential outcomes, and discussed the best way to craft the language in a forum discussion.

It wasn’t “all work/ no play”, the Welcome Reception and  evening Social mixers were great segways to catching up with some of the “lifers”  and sharing “tales from the war room”.   The lunch buffet didn’t disappoint, and there were many venues to explore in the center of Indy; one could peruse the area from the 21st floor Banquet room.

We continue to have strong sponsor support.   As if seeing Walt Lemon blush, and Bob Pratt & Bill Manfredonia with  Two Foolish Toms wasn’t enough,  Indy was also host to another convention, one that seemed to require SWAT teams on the adjacent rooftops.

Patsy presented with 10 Year Service Plaque

Patsy presented with 10 Year Service Plaque

Sam Garrell accepting Outstanding Chapter Award 47

Sam Garrell accepting Outstanding Chapter Award 47

Back to Business… the Business meeting was efficient and always educational when members are well-versed in “Robert’s Rules of Order”.  Officer installations commenced during the Award’s Dinner  and we welcomed Doyle Phillips as new incoming National President.  The outgoing Board of Trustees presented Patsy Smith with a 10-Year plaque in appreciation for her service, Patsy graciously received this to a standing ovation.

Officer Installation 2014_2015 Officers

Officer Installation 2014_2015 Officers

As a quick summary, this barely covers the highlights…… you should’ve been there !

The 2015  Convention city will be San Diego, CA. Details will be posted on our EVENTS TAB as they become available.

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