March Chapter Meeting – Design and Investigation of Artificial Turf Fields

CSI East Bay Oakland Chapter Meeting at Scott’s Jack London Square

March 21, 2017 Register at


Design and Investigation of Artificial Turf Fields for Athletic Play
Christine Diosdado, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Natural grass sports fields cannot remain lush and resilient throughout the year. This fact, coupled with the need to conserve water, have prompted many sports programs to specify artificial turf fields.

More than 11,000 multi-use artificial turf sports fields are currently installed in North American schools, colleges, parks and professional sports stadiums, and this trend is expected to continue.

SGH has investigated several artificial turf field failures and has gained a good understanding on how to avoid issues that impact initial and long-term performance.
After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the history and evolution of artificial turf fields.
2. Identify the basic components and performance criteria of an artificial turf field used for football and soccer.
3. Recognize key materials and desired engineering properties of a typical artificial turf assembly.
4. Outline best practices when designing and investigating artificial turf fields.

CSI MasterFormat Section 32 18 23.29 Synthetic Field Sport Surfacing
Artificial turf surfaces have advantages and disadvantages, both technical and political. You may be aware of concerns expressed about artificial turf projects in the Bay Area. curmudgeons-at-6671524.php

Then there are the debates about health concerns related to the materials used in these surfaces.

With recent health research conducted worldwide and the industry anxiously awaiting for the EPA to complete their study. with-synthetic-fields/
Join the East Bay Oakland Chapter of CSI to hear Christine tell us about the pros and cons of artificial turf surfaces. Register at


Christine Diosdado is a Senior Project Manager at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger with more than twenty years of 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, medical buildings. Her notable recent projects include flooring and building envelope investigations at two medical facilities, an examination of material and soil properties at nine artificial turf athletic fields, a structural evaluation of solar array panel supports, and an evaluation of exterior cladding and roofing systems at two iconic buildings. Christine assists owners, contractors, design professionals, and attorneys.
CE News. Nov. 2013. “Fundamentals of Hydrogeology: Groundwater Source and Flow on a Site Impact Waterproofing of Below-grade Structures.” Christine Diosdado, P.E. and Daniel Gibbons, P.E.
StuccoMetrics: Performance Testing and Evaluation of Drainage Screed Flashings and Drainage Subassemblies used in Stucco Drainage Wall Systems. STP1588, Centennial Symposium on Advances in Gypsum Technologies and Building Systems, Jeffrey A. Bowlsby and Christine Diosdado, P.E.
Professional Presentations
Diosdado, Christine. (2016, May) Safeguards in Specifying New Products: Innovation without Litigation. CSI – Lake Tahoe Chapter Conference, Incline Village, NV.
Diosdado, Christine. (2016, April) Stucco Buckets – A Common Cause of Wood Decay in Stucco Construction. CSI – East Bay-Oakland Chapter Conference, Oakland, CA.




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