Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST
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Sir Francis Drake Hotel 
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Right Tools for the Job:
Improving Specifications

Specifications are a tool to communicate non-graphical project information. This tool was designed to solve a specific set of problems and has remained largely unchanged for decades. But the industry is evolving daily and specifications are no longer serving the industry as well as they once did. Are we trying to use specifications to solve problems they were not originally designed to solve?  Are today’s specifications failing to address the needs of the multiple delivery methods currently in use?  During this program, we’ll identify the features designed into today’s specifications and the problems those features were designed to solve. We’ll then explore new problems not solved by current specification methods and some solutions that have been developed to address those unsolved problems.  

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • List the key features in today’s specifications
  • Explain the problems those features were designed to solve
  • Highlight new problems that specifications do not address
  • Inspire new solutions that will make tomorrow’s specifications a better tool



Beth Stroshane, CSI CCS, LEED AP is a Certified Construction Specifier with 8 years of specification writing experience with large architecture firms prior to opening an independent practice in 2013. Her philosophy is that better information leads to better project outcomes, and the best information can be achieved through teamwork and collaboration. Always an engaging speaker, Beth's talks are fun and interesting, we hope you join us!