the association for the advancement of cost engineering

North Florida Section



Association for the Advancement

of Cost Engineering® International (AACE)


North Florida Section / March 8th, 2018 Meeting Notice























ProgramIntuitive Math and Cost Estimating, with speaker Dr. Saleh A. Mubarak, PhD, Project Management Consultant.
Intuitive Math and Cost Estimating involves building and maintaining the ability to do rough estimates mentally and with simple tools.  This is also important in making a judgment on estimate numbers that were produced by computer systems and having the "gut feeling" to tell if it is in the ball park or not.  This subject is becoming more important these days as we depend more and more on computers.

SpeakerDr. Saleh A. Mubarak, PhD, Project Management Consultant


Independent consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer.  B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering, specialized in Construction Management.  Experience: Over 26 years diversified.  Industrial (14 years): private and public sector, in the U.S. and overseas. Positions occupied include project engineer / manager, cost estimator, planner / scheduler, project controls manager, cost manager, training manager.  Academic (12 years full-time + 8 years part-time): faculty member / professor, head of department. Taught and created many courses; mostly in the general area of construction project management such as project planning, scheduling, and controls; and cost estimating. Conducted research and published / presented many papers. Also, served on numerous committees and performed a variety of community services.


Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world. Topics are mainly technical but also include many soft skills seminars.  Numerous presentations in professional conferences such as PMI-College of Scheduling, PMI, AACE International, Primavera Users Conference. Also, a public speaker in many local, regional, and international events.  An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control; was part of the PMI team that wrote the first Project Scheduling certification exam in 2007.


Author of: Construction Project Scheduling and Control (currently 3rd edition); How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction (currently 4th edition); Many articles, technical and other.  An advocate of holistic healthy living and sports, and a featured speaker at the 2016 Space Congress.



CLICK HERE to R.S.V.P.  Deadline  Wednesday, 3/7/2018.  Please specify if registering for 1) In-person meeting only; 2) In-person meeting and dinner; or 3) Webinar only.  See below for meal details. 


Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.


Optional Dinners Available: Advance Reservations RequiredWalk-ins Cannot be Guaranteed a Meal.


Optional dinners will be offered at $10.00 per person.  MENU: Black Beans with Sweet Peppers, Onion, Garlic; Italian Turkey Sausage served over Rice; (Vegetarian Option: Sautéed Marinated Mushrooms over Rice); Chips and Salsa (Gluten-Free); Salad with Pineapple, Cranberries, Oranges, Nuts topped with Raspberry Vinaigrette or Lime Dressing; Dessert; Coffee/Tea/Water.  (Vegetarian available on request.)

Advance reservations required by end of business day on
Wednesday, 3/7/2018.  Payments may be made via check (payable to North Florida AACE) mailed in advance to N. FL AACE Treasurer William Sheerin c/o 2450 Williams Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787; by check/cash at the door (exact change appreciated); or by credit card (small fee applies).  Cancellations must be received 24 hours before the meeting for a refund.

Click here to R.S.V.P.  Please specify if registering for 1) In-person meeting only; 2) In-person meeting and dinner; or 3) Webinar only.  If you have any questions, please click here to e-mail.



· Upcoming MeetingTuesday, April 10th, 2018.  *Please note this is two days earlier than our usual meeting date.  Using Your Cost Engineering Skills to Maximize Your Investments, Part 2, with speaker F. Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE, Cost Engineering Consultant and Investment Trainer.  Watch our Meetings page for other upcoming programs and visit our Web site often for the latest Section news and activities.

· We welcome your ideas and suggestions on possible topics and speakers.  Please send them to administrator@nflaace.orgDon’t miss these valuable technical presentations and first-class professional networking opportunities.

· Board Members Take Note:  The next regular board meeting of the program year will take place Thursday, March 8th, 2018 immediately following the Section meeting.  Watch for separate notices.

· CCTS Update: The next CCTS Space Congress will be held February 27 through March 1, 2018, at the Radisson Resort at the Port (8701Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920).  Visit for details and to register.

· Scholarships:  Our congratulations to Taiason Cole (University of Central Florida) for earning a $1,000 AACE International scholarship, and a North Florida AACE scholarship of $500.  The AACE scholarship application period is open December 1st through February 28th each year.  Students from our Section have now been awarded 17 AACE scholarships since 2008, with many also receiving Section supplemental scholarships plus AACE Matching Funds.  See the Scholarship page for details.

· We are very pleased to announce that the North Florida Section was presented with an AACE Gold Section Award at the previous AACE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  We’re very proud of this achievement, and send our appreciation to all our Board and Section members who worked hard to help make our Section successful.

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Note Location Change for This Meeting Only:

Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) Office
Cape Royal Office Center
1980 N. Atlantic Avenue, Suite 401
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931



Meeting Summary


Thursday, March 8th, 2018




Please Note:

Dinner:  6:30 p.m.

Presentation:  7:00 p.m.


Webinar attendance also available.


Note Location Change for This Meeting OnlyCanaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) Office, Cape Royal Office Center, 1980 N. Atlantic Avenue, Suite 401, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.  


Intuitive Math and Cost Estimating


Optional dinners available at $10.00 per person.