Computerized Planning System

A comprehensive system approach is needed to reliably inform the planning, programming, budgeting, and feasibility study processes. A computerized systems approach can effectively apply a myriad of inter-related components (aka causes) that include the owner's business case, performance requirements and other attributesis. From these  a facility's program, design, schedule and cost can be modeled and managed. There just too many variables to manually determine either the space program, scope or construction costs. But the manual approach is all construction has to work with.

The Systems Approach Illustrated

The radiology department, for example, is substantially higher in design and cost intensity than the clinical areas. But even within radiology, the MRI function requirements and costs are far greater than the ultrasound function. The design ratios and unit cost also vary dramatically between a 2-story and 15-story building across the core and shell elements. The foundations, roof structure, enclosure, and HVAC requirements are substantially higher in a Minneapolis climate, when compared to Phoenix. The combination of functional compositions and other attributes are infinite, and far beyond any cost specialists’ ability to simulate the project scope and estimate its cost. Only a credible computer solution can handle such complexity.

Building CATALYST Answers the Need

Building CATALYST prvides that solution in a self-contained, cloud-based, data processing and computing system. Its like a construction computer game. CATALYST networks the otherwise fragmented planning, programming, budgeting, design, and cost management siloes – into a high-performance system-of-systems. CATALYST has been applied to hundreds of projects. Together with a small sampling of your own data, CATALYST can far more accurately and impartially predicts outcomes well before you need to invest in programming, design, and cost consulting. CATALYST performs in real time what would take weeks to provide using conventional tools and processes.

In essence, CATALYST overcomes data and technology fragmentation – from the top-down, based on your business case. CATALYST’s impact is self-evident throughout the planning and pre-programing stages. Moreover, in doing so, CATALYST provides the data and technology platform from which downstream space programming, design, scheduling, cost, and contract management can be defragmented. In other words, we can only build a high-performance design and building system on a high-performance planning and cost management system.

Building CATALYST owes a debt of gratitude to several builders and owner that have shared detailed data from completed projects. Without real-world data there is no objective knowledge, or CATALYST to improve the construction process.

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