Building CATALYST... Transforming facility planning, design, and cost management

The Big Idea

A Systems Approach

The Systems Approach integrates the building process to more effectively achieve the building purpose (i.e. owner's business case). It applies data science to inform decision making, and then integrates and automates the data and technology solutions to improve outcomes and reduce time and cost.

Planning - Stage 1

Achieve certainty of outcomes before investing in program and design.

Design - Stage 2

Drive out rework and waste in programming, design, and cost.

Construction - Stage 3

Drive out rework and waste in project management, supply, assembly, and production.

Planning - Stage 1

The Systems Approach provides a reliable knowledge resource enabling rapid scenario modeling and/or analysis of a facility's program, design, schedule and cost.

How it works

Based on the owner's business case (i.e. building purpose) and other key causes (attributes), the facility program, design, schedule and cost (outcomes) can be predicted.
As more information about the program and design is entered, the model predictions become even more precise. As a result, you can know the likely project outcomes before investing in programming and design. This then informs decision-making to steer project outcomes.

Planning - Stage 1

Design - Stage 2

The Systems Approach reduces programming and design stages from months to weeks with a truly integrated building team.
Building CATALYST based templates and data standards drive reliable data exchange and process flow. It starts with Preconstruction: programming and equipment planning (i.e., dRofus), to design (i.e., Revit) and to estimating (CostX, WinEst, etc.), then scheduling, contracting and accounting.
The impact is profound, eliminating much of the error-prone and tedious manual efforts.

Design - Stage 2

Construction - Stage 3

The Systems Approach enables a new form of manufacturing-inspired (aka industrialized) construction.
This is possible when a cooperative of owners, designers, builders and suppliers pool their knowledge, research and development resources. This approach applies to themed or branded projects like those shown below, or to customizable building designs from a robust kit-of-parts strategy.