This post written by CSI East Bay-Oakland Chapter President Dan Galvez

CSI EBO Presidents Message March 2017

Dear East Bay Oakland Chapter Members,

March Meeting 

Our March meeting was a presentation by EBO member Christine Diosdado, Senior Project Manager with Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger speaking about the Investigation of Artificial Turf Fields for Athletic Play. Christine is passionate about her research on this subject and provided information on the history, engineering, manufacturing and installation of artificial turf. She discussed problems that occurred in several projects, why the fields failed and how the failures could have been prevented.  Thanks to the CSI members who attended, and especially to the attendees from the landscaping design and construction industry.

Chapter Update: Ballots for next year’s chapter board will be sent out for voting in April. If you are interested in becoming involved with the chapter board or committees, please let me know.

Membership: We continue to increase membership and have been able to retain our current members. Thanks to all for renewing your membership with us.  Here are our newest members:

Carl Raabe – Architectural Resource Associates, LLC

Hal Leland – Western Colloid

Phil Hammer – NCI Group/Metl-Span

April Meeting: Our April chapter meeting will be held on Thursday (not on Tuesday) the 20th, a joint meeting with ASCE, the topic will be the Port of Oakland Army Base and other Port projects. The POAB project has been underway for years now, with major infrastructure improvements involving roads, utilities, rail, trucking and warehousing, to support future growth of the Port. Thanh Vuong, Port Supervising Engineer, will give us an update on the projects.  Register at

April Education Symposium: On April 21st we will hold our annual Education Symposium, Design Detail Disasters. You will be able to hear the latest on design and construction topics related to detailing of building envelope assemblies, please join us, see more information on our website.

Certification:  It is not too late to join in on the chapter Construction Document Technologist (CDT) and Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) study groups for the Spring 2017 Exam. Contact me if you are interested in joining us.

Thanks for your support of the East Bay Oakland Chapter, hope to see you soon.

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