Data-driven Facility Planning and Analysis

Predict and control outcomes | Reduce waste and time | Optimize value

An Integrated, Data-driven BIM System

Building Catalyst provides for construction what Moneyball provided for baseball: a powerful change agent to replace subjective analysis (using bad data) with impartial analysis (using good data).
Catalyst is a building information model (BIM) solution in that it models a project’s space program, key site and building quantities, and/or construction costs. It does so starting from the inception of a need, and continues through the planning and design stages. Based on a user’s project portfolio, Catalyst determines the likely range of results before costly, time consuming design efforts are incurred.

High Definition Benchmarking

Catalyst provides more accurate, detailed benchmarking derived from the user’s completed real-world projects. It’s high definition because it originates at the most fundamental building blocks – the facility’s functions, and system elements.

Set-based Prototyping

Catalyst enables users to prototype multiple whole-buildings. Inspired by Toyota’s set-based design, Catalyst expands a user’s decision making ability to optimize the outcomes of the entire facility, rather than the sum of the parts.

Impartial Target Setting

Catalyst helps keep budgets and targets from being over or under valued. Impartial target setting also helps owners to consider more effective design and delivery methods and provides a means to assess value derived from them.

Purpose-driven Planning

Catalyst reports outcomes according to measures that are meaningful to the facility owner. These are measures of the facility purpose, which is composed of the departmental functions. Purpose-driven planning focuses on occupant success.

Target Tracking

As the level of development (LOD) progresses, Catalyst provides both statistical and comparative tracking of program, design and cost. This serves as an alert to potential drifting, as well as an early detection of variation from the approved target.

Comprehensive Measurement

The systems approach makes comprehensive measurement possible – both within and across a wide range of projects. Catalyst provides a comprehensive measurement approach that is essential for process improvement.

Enterprise Analysis

Catalyst provides in-depth analysis and comparison of the program/design efficiency, as well as cost effectiveness. It does this within the project (set by set) by comparing predicted to estimated/actual results. It also does so across a series of selected projects.

Resource Center

Catalyst includes a knowledge resource center that makes the most vital information readily accessible. This fosters the decision making processes by associating the quantitative data-driven information with the qualitative document/image information.

Continuous Improvement

The systems approach is needed to predict, steer and optimize outcomes, using current design and delivery methods. It is also needed to continue process improvement through more permanent and integrated design and production forms.

Available Building Types

Building Catalyst provides a low cost, easy-to-learn, knowledge-based BIM capability for a wide, and increasing, range of building types. The currently available building categories and types include:

Data Center

Most new building and space categories and types can be established and made available very fast on our end, given completed real-world project information from which to benchmark, on your end. Please contact us at for more information on this.