June Specifying Practice Session

When:  Jun 6, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Specifying Practice Community

CSI Practice Session:
Magical Thinking in Specifications

CSI Learning Level:


Intended Audience:

Primary: Specifiers
Secondary: Construction Project Team Members


David Stutzman, ELias Saltz, and guest, Fred Butters

Course Description:

One of the hallmarks of magical thinking is the notion that if you think a thing, you can make it happen. A specifier who engages in magical thinking anticipates that by writing something in a project specification, it will come to pass, no matter how nonsensical or wrong. Join David Stutzman, Elias Saltz, and guest Fred Butters for a dissection of a particularly egregious example of a specification gone horribly wrong. Some of the issues include: • Delegated design instructions beyond the scope of the section • Excessive warranty requirements • Internal contradictions and contradictions with other sections We will examine the technical, legal and procedural ramifications of bad specification writing, and discuss what could have been done differently


1.0 CSI PDH Credit (self-reported)

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