WHO WE ARE

ABOUT US

All Within Our Name

ARDURRA:
DILIGENT, RESPONSIBLE (Basque)
SUPERIOR (Gaelic)

Ardurra embodies these qualities and its name literally translates into each characteristic — all of which are ideal in a partner. We are a growing assembly of experts, engineers, and design professionals delivering a unique balance of experience and innovation.

We build strong partnerships through our unwavering commitment to deliver quality services and practical solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations, improve our communities, and respect the environment.

TEAM ARDURRA

Ardurra's key leadership is structured for growth with professionals who bring proven experience, national expertise, and demonstrated integrity.
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ERNESTO AGUILAR, PE

President/Chief Executive Officer

Ernesto is a visionary leader and seasoned Professional Engineer with 30+ years of experience encompassing all aspects of operations, management, business development and project delivery for engineering and consulting. As CEO, Ernesto is focused on building an employee-centric culture, leading Ardurra’s organic and acquisitive growth strategy, and ensuring the quality of our projects. He brings best practices and lessons learned from serving at the helm of some of the fastest growing firms in the country, compounded by his experience managing private, public and private equity portfolio companies within the AE industry. Ernesto leads the sourcing, valuation and merging of acquired companies, with an emphasis on integration as the key to building a unified firm. His passion and primary goal is continuing to grow a profitable company that provides exciting opportunities for our employees and impeccable service to our clients.

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LISA PENNA, PE

Regional Director, California

Lisa joined Ardurra as the Practice Director for Public Works in California and now plays a regional sales director role as we grow the California and Southwest Regions. Lisa joined the Ardurra family as the seventh acquisition in the early start of the company. With almost 40 years of experience, she began her career as an engineer with a small local agency in Southern California then moved on into management and operations with a Southern California based municipal engineering firm before starting her own business in 2008.  Lisa is a past recipient of the Southern California APWA Private Sector Leader of the Year Award and the past recipient of the Orange County ASCE Private Sector Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award. Lisa is a past president of the Orange County CA chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and serves as a representative on the ACEC CA Qualifications Based Selection and Local Agency Contracts Committee as well as the Business Management and Insurance Committee. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

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CATHY CAHILL

Chief Financial Officer

Cathy is an experienced financial management professional with a demonstrated history of leadership in the Engineering, Architecture and Design industries. She is skilled in cost accounting, financial planning and analysis, business operations and contracts administration. Her background includes senior positions with several large, high-growth corporations including Finance Director and Vice President, Finance and Administration for two of the largest and fastest growing engineering firms. Cathy has extensive experience developing administrative policy, designing and implementing financial reporting systems and modeling for budgets and forecasts in complex business environments. Her varied business background also includes new business start-ups, due diligence and operational integration related to mergers and acquisitions. Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Florida International University where she is also a graduate of the FIU Honors College.

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BILL RUSSELL, PE

Regional Director, Northwest

Bill is the Regional Director for the Northwest Region for Ardurra. Prior to being acquired by Ardurra, he led his previous company for 14 years creating a successful firm of over 200 employees and nine offices throughout the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region. Bill joins Ardurra with more than 36 years of experience of hands-on project management, engineering and construction management experience in water and wastewater , roadway and airport transportation, and land development. Bill specializes in transportation engineering, street and highway engineering, construction administration, and project management. Bill has also been heavily involved in professional organizations such as the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) serving on the Idaho Board and as National Director Idaho.  He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Boise Chamber of Commerce. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology and Public Works from the Oregon Institute of Technology. He is registered engineer in Idaho and Washington.   

     

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KART VAITH, PE

Chief Strategy Officer

Kart has more than 30 years of experience in water, wastewater, and conveyance system projects. He has worked for global consulting firms leading various business units in the consulting engineering industry. Kart came to Ardurra as part of an acquisition that specialized in water and wastewater projects. In his current and previous roles, he has overseen billions in design-build and traditional design bid build projects in the water and wastewater industry. His primary focus is on driving the organization to provide exceptional client service. He goes beyond just the numbers, as he emphasizes the importance of building relationships with our clients and communities based on trust, expertise, and innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in India, and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

 

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KARL OBERGH, PE

Regional Director, SW Mountain

Karl is the Regional Director for the Mountain Region and is responsible for regional sales as we grow that region. He was part of an acquisition that specialized in civil, public works, and transportation projects. Karl has more than 28 years of experience working with large regional transportation agencies in Arizona. Karl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University. Karl has experience working in the Flagstaff and Phoenix Arizona regions.

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SCOTT BRASFIELD, PE

Chief Operating Officer

Scott is a growth centered executive with 28 years of experience leading operations, sales, and large business portfolios within the Engineering Consulting and Defense Industries. As COO, Scott is focused on developing and supporting our teams to deliver profitable growth and successful projects for all our clients. Prior to joining Ardurra, Scott held executive operations and sales leadership positions with two of the largest engineering firms globally. He led large teams of employees and has touched on all facets of operations, management, and business development across Ardurra’s core service areas. Scott holds a Master of Science in Civil / Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Auburn University. 

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CHRIS CANONICO, PE

Regional Director, Central Water

Based in Houston Texas, Chris joined Ardurra over 5 years ago to help grow the Central Region after more than 20 years with two large national firms focused on the water market. Chris now serves as the Regional Sales Director to help expand our services in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. He enjoys finding innovative and collaborative solutions that enhance the communities we live in. Chris also has a passion for alternative delivery and P3’s; he loves the opportunity to chat with clients on these delivery models. As background, Chris holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University.

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KEVIN BROWN

Chief People Officer

Kevin is a leading human resources executive in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry with 20+ years of experience in all areas of human resources, including extensive expertise in M&A in both public and private global businesses. Before joining Ardurra in 2018, Kevin served as Vice President of Human Resources at one of the largest and fastest growing engineering firms. Kevin holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Psychology from Florida International University.

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RAMESH GUNDA, PE

Regional Director, Central Transportation

Ramesh Gunda is our Regional Transportation Director for the Central Region and is based out of Houston, Texas. He was part of an acquisition and through his previous company, he delivered over $6 billion in transportation and infrastructure improvements to state, transit agencies, airports, toll roads, and local municipalities and specializes in delivering Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects throughout the Central Region. Ramesh holds a Master of Science degree in Traffic and Transportation Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Osmania University. He is a licensed engineer in Texas and New York and a certified professional traffic operations engineer.

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AMAURIS RODRIGUEZ

Chief Information Officer

Amauris brings over 18 years of experience in the field of information technology and has a diverse background in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Hospitality, Gaming, and Healthcare industries with extensive experience in enterprise computing, telecommunications, service desk management, enterprise data center solutions and general IT administration. At Ardurra, Amauris oversees the Information Technology department and sets IT direction based on the overall business objectives and coordinates the service delivery for the organization. Previously, Amauris has held positions as an IT consultant in healthcare, Vice President of IT Infrastructure Operations in hospitality and most recently, Global IT Infrastructure Director for one of the largest and fastest growing engineering firms. Amauris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Florida International University and an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology from Miami Dade College.

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JOE DOWNEY, PE

Regional Director, Southeast Water

Joe is the Southeast Regional Director of Sales with 37 years of experience with all aspects of water and wastewater projects, including process design, project management and quality management. He was part of an acquisition that specialized in water and wastewater projects. Joe is a leader in the procurement and execution of projects including Alternative Delivery/Design-Build and believes that successful business is based on building relationships with clients and establishing collaborative partnerships with the owner-client, engineering team, and construction team. Joe graduated from Auburn University with degrees for Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering and continues to support Auburn as an adjunct instructor for graduate level environmental engineering courses. Joe is registered as a Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

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Rick Clotier

RICK CLOUTIER, PE

Synergy Director

Rick has over 30 years of experience in all facets of municipal and public works engineering as well as emergency management. He was part of an acquisition that specialized in water and wastewater projects. He previously served as Ardurra’s Chief Strategy Officer responsible for sales and business development. Prior to that, Rick served as Ardurra’s Operations Director focused on developing and implementing business management procedures. As a former Senior Vice President for an ENR Top 20-ranked firm, he was responsible for a 16-state region with annual sales and revenue in excess of $200 million in professional services. Rick distinguishes himself by optimizing operational and sales efficiency while maintaining a genuine commitment to our clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and Master’s in Environmental Engineering both from the University of Florida

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WALFRY PEVIDA, PE

Regional Director, Southeast Transportation

Walfry is the Regional Director for the Southeast and Florida Regions in Transportation. He grew his previous company to a Top 100 ENR Southeast Firm and created a culture that combines engineering excellence with fun, healthy, and collaborative lifestyles before being acquired by Ardurra. Walfry joins Ardurra with more than 30 years of experience leading major infrastructure projects including the $838 million I-395 Signature Bridge Project in Miami, FL, and the 95 Express Phase 1 project from SR 836 to SR 826, (the first express lanes to become operational in Florida!). He specializes in complex transportation/highway, Alternative Delivery/Design-Build and Value Engineering projects. Walfry holds a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami. He is a registered engineer in Florida, Georgia and Texas.

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CINNAMON WAGENER

Marketing Director

Cinnamon has 30 years of experience centered on strategic marketing and communications support in the A/E/C industry. She is responsible for managing firm-wide marketing resources, directing persuasive pursuit campaigns, working hand-in-hand with Ardurra’s robust business development teams to capture key projects, and supporting merger and acquisition integrations. Cinnamon has successfully led billion-dollar project pursuits, including developing winning proposals and presentations with compelling themes, proving graphics, and strategic messaging. She is a proven leader with strong communication, organizational and analytical skills focused on establishing strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

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RICARDO VIEIRA, PE

Regional Director, North Florida Water

Ricardo has over 20 years of experience in water and wastewater utility infrastructure program management and design. He has extensive experience in program management, design management, project management, and task management for water, wastewater, reclaimed, and storm-water treatment, transmission, and conveyance projects. Ricardo has managed multiple multi-million-dollar programs/projects, providing oversight of the project start-up and close-out, quality assurance of contract deliverables, management of subcontractors, staffing, financial management and reporting, compliance with contract and corporate legal and policy requirements. Ricardo will support the growth of Ardurra’s Water practice in Florida including client development, strategic positioning, development of proposals and presentations, and development of new service capabilities. Ricardo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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ANGELA BERNACE

Communications Director

Angie is the Communications Director at Ardurra. Social, creative and detail-oriented, she joins the Ardurra family with over 17 years of experience specializing in business development, design-build delivery, client relations, graphics, strategic growth, and creative services. She was the Business Development/Communications & Culture Director at her previous firm where she led the firm’s “Think Big / Something Big is Happening” branding campaign internally and externally through several media outlets including LinkedIn where the company gained over 2700 followers in less than 6 years. She promotes their culture and firm’s mission to build an environment that combines engineering excellence with fun, healthy, and collaborative values. Angie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Webber International University

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CARMEN KASNER, PE

Operations Director, Southwest

Carmen has over 32 years of engineering experience and brings a servant leader focus to Ardurra. This focus will help develop creative solutions for clients, mentor and motivate staff, and help grow the organization. Most recently, she was responsible for the operations of a 200+ person group at a top 30 ENR Design Firm. Her clientele included local agencies completing all types of public works projects, with a heavy emphasis on water and wastewater projects. She is well versed with all aspects of water and wastewater projects from master planning, asset management, design, construction management, to public outreach and rate setting. She loves the challenge of supporting complex projects through completion, with very short schedules. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University and is a registered engineer in California and Arizona.

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JULIE WOODRUFF

Integration Development Director

Julie has over 30 years of experience working in multifaceted municipal and private sector firms. Throughout her career, Julie has served in many leadership positions at several of the top global engineering firms. Prior to joining Ardurra, she was the Corporate Services Director focusing on acquisition integrations and national cross-selling initiatives. Her municipal experience includes serving as the Administrative Services Director overseeing the departments of Human Resources, Information Technology and Administration. Julie brings Ardurra a wide array of expertise in Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, and Communications. Julie attended BIOLA University and studied Business Management.

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DEREK NAISER, PE

Operations Director, Central

Derek has over 33 years of experience delivering civil infrastructure projects including transportation, drainage, water and wastewater. Derek is focused on the growth and success of the Central Region which currently includes Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. He feels the biggest contributors to this growth and success are internal and external client service and satisfaction. Prior to being acquired Ardurra, Derek was the owner of a mid-sized engineering firm. As COO he managed and led operations and sales as well as all aspects of managing and running a 110-person consulting engineering firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered engineer in Texas.

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JAMES KIZER, PE

Technical Innovation Director

Jim is the Technology Director for Ardurra. He is based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He has more than 35 years of water and wastewater system engineering experience, including about 20 years at his previous firm where he served as the President and Senior Process Engineer prior to joining the Ardurra family. He was part of an acquisition that specialized in water and wastewater projects. Jim holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Auburn University. He is a registered engineer in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and North and South Carolina.

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CHRIS KUZLER, PE

Operations Director, Southeast

Chris Kuzler has been with the company for 30 years and has played an instrumental role in its growth and development. He was part of an acquisition that specialized in water and wastewater projects. His broad range of experience includes all facets of water and wastewater conveyance systems, membrane water treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, solid waste facilities and public works. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Adelphi University.

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DAN LEYENDECKER, PE

National Pursuits Director

Dan serves as Ardurra’s National Strategic Growth Director and is responsible for strategic growth throughout our services and states. Dan is a recognized leader in the industry with a distinguished career spanning 30 years. He was part of an acquisition that specialized in these types of projects. His project experiences include master planning, detailed design, and construction management. Dan is considered by his peers and clients to be a casual agent for the development of engineering solutions, acquisition of financial resources and the creation of a vision for the future. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station.  

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Our History

Ardurra family through the years.

PRE 2017

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2017

  • 230

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  • 11

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2018

  • 335

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2019

  • 431

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  • 16

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2020

  • 516

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  • 31

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2021

  • 865

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  • 46

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2022

  • 1200

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  • 69

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PRE 2017

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ARDURRA FAMILY THROUGH YEARS

check-arrowKing Engineering Associates (Est 1997)

2017

  • 230

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ARDURRA FAMILY THROUGH YEARS

check-arrowAcquired Ardurra Group, LLC (Est 2015)

Acquired Criser Troutman Tanner Consulting Engineers (Est 1950)

check-arrowAcquired Stouten Cramer, Inc. (Est 2011)

2018

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  • 15

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check-arrowAcquired E Co Consultants (Est 2007)

check-arrowAcquired AndersonPenna Partners, Inc. (Est 2005)

check-arrowAcquired PCA Global, Inc. (Est 2014)

  • #396

    TOP 500 DESIGN FIRMS

    by Engineering News-Record

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    2018 HOT FIRM

    by Zweig Group

2019

  • 431

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ARDURRA FAMILY THROUGH YEARS

check-arrowRebranded to Ardurra Group, Inc.

check-arrowAcquired Design South Professionals, Inc. (Est 1950)

  • #272

    TOP 500 DESIGN FIRMS

    by Engineering News-Record

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    #4

    2019 HOT FIRM

    by Zweig Group

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    #34

    2019 BEST FIRMS TO WORK FOR

    by Zweig Group

2020

  • 516

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  • 31

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ARDURRA FAMILY THROUGH YEARS

check-arrowAcquired LNV, Inc. (Est 2000)

check-arrowAcquired Constantine Engineering (Est 2002)

check-arrowAcquired Pigeon-Roberts & Associates, Inc. (Est 2005)

  • #263

    TOP 500 DESIGN FIRMS

    by Engineering News-Record

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    #8

    2020 HOT FIRM

    by Zweig Group

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    #23

    2020 BEST FIRMS TO WORK FOR

    by Zweig Group

2021

  • 865

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  • 46

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ARDURRA FAMILY THROUGH YEARS

check-arrowAcquired Infrastructure Engineering Corporation (Est 2002)

check-arrowAcquired Fulghum Macindoe & Associates, Inc. (Est 2003)

check-arrowAcquired Ritoch-Powell & Associates, Inc. (Est 1978)

check-arrowAcquired Giuliani & Kull, Inc. (Est 1987)

check-arrowAcquired Gunda Corporation (Est 2001)

check-arrowAcquired Milam Surveying

check-arrowAcquired Pevida Highway Designers, LLC (Est 2016)

  • #190

    TOP 500 DESIGN FIRMS

    by Engineering News-Record

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    #15

    2021 HOT FIRM

    by Zweig Group

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    #28

    2021 BEST FIRMS TO WORK FOR

    by Zweig Group

2022

  • 1200

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  • 69

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ARDURRA FAMILY THROUGH YEARS

check-arrowAcquired ZEL Engineers (Est 1946)

check-arrowAcquired Woodson Engineering & Surveying, Inc. (Est 1994)

check-arrowAcquired 300 Engineering Group (Est 2006)

check-arrowAcquired T-O Engineers (Est 1984)

check-arrowAcquired Shephard Wesnitzer, Inc. (Est 1990)

  • #114

    2022 Top 500 Design Firms

    by Engineering-News Record

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    #24

    2022 BEST FIRMS TO WORK FOR

    by Zweig Group

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    #94

    2022 TOP PURE DESIGN FIRMS

    by Engineering News-Record

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    #4

    2022 HOT FIRM

    by Zweig Group

OUR LOCATIONS

Ardurra continues to grow and expand across the United States to better serve our clients.
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