Applying Safeguards in Specifying Innovative New Products

Date: April 12, 2018 5:30pm
Location: SGH San Francisco
Speaker(s): Christine Diosdado

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
100 Pine Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94111

5:00 - 5:30PM Registration & Refreshments
5:30 - 6:30PM Presentation & Discussion
6:30 - 7:00PM Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.


Innovation involving new products and technologies is a fact of life in the design and construction industry. New products can help organizations to capture the value of advancements in science, engineering, and manufacturing. Yet such innovation can pose significant risks to all stakeholders on a project, where the cost of failures or non-performance can be enormous. In this seminar, we will provide an overview of the various sources of risk in specifying new products and offer strategies for reducing, avoiding, or allocating such risks. We will also illustrate these concepts with actual examples of successes and failures.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the role and importance of innovation in the built environment.
  • Identify the risks involved in specifying new products.
  • Discuss when specification of new products may be appropriate from a value/risk perspective. 
  • Understand methods of risk management for innovative work.


Christine Diosdado, P.E. | Associate Principal 
Christine Diosdado has extensive experience as a lead investigator, project manager, and expert witness on complex construction defect cases. Her investigation experience encompasses a wide variety of building types, including high-rise and low-rise residential, institutional, commercial, and medical buildings. Her notable recent projects include flooring and building envelope investigations for medical facilities, an examination of material and soil properties for artificial turf athletic fields, a structural evaluation of solar array panel supports, and an evaluation of exterior cladding and roofing systems for iconic buildings. Christine assists owners, contractors, design professionals, and attorneys.


  • Owners
  • Facilities Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Attorneys