Stage 1 - Planning

Data-driven Planning and Cost Management

Building CATALYST provides a self-contained planning and cost management system from the earliest feasbility through schematic design. Users may subscribe directly and/or engage with CATALYST's services arm, Agile Integrated Solutions (AGILIS), to more effectively plan and manage projects through the Systems Approach. The benefits provided in Stage 1 roll out as shown here:


Figure 1 - Flow of Planning and Cost Management

Prior to architect selection, Agilis applies CATALYST to more reliably model and manage a facility's program, scope, schedule and cost. CATALYST performs in minutes and hours what would take days or weeks to provide comperable information for the owner to make the biggest decisions. 

If an architect is selected first, Agilis continues to refine CATALYST model predictions and perform analysis from information provided by the space programmer and architect. If the owner decides to apply the Systems Approach then the design process can be accelerated based on rapid modeling and comparison of design decisions in Stage 1, and then flow into Stage 2 Design Automation.

If the project applies the Design/Builder-led System Approach, then Agilis transfers the cost management operation to the Design/Builder. Agilis's role is then limited to providing and maintaining the operating (Stage 2) and content (Stage 3) systems.

How is this possible?

Building CATALYST’s big data platform has proven to be a reliable knowledge resource to replace conventional insular and unreliable tools and processes - starting in the earliest stages of a project. It has been tested and tried across more than 400 actual projects valued at over $8 Billion.

Building CATALYST works by establishing a system of causes (inputs) and effects (outcomes) grouped into this network of critical data components shown in FIgure 2. The facility purpose, for example, can be synchronized with the owner’s business case translated into functions (e.g., ultrasound, MRI, etc.) grouped by department (e.g., radiology).  There are many other requirements or constraints (attributes) that dramatically impact outcomes (e.g., region, time, number of levels, quality, scope, site conditions, etc.) While many organizations collect and analyze data, Building CATALYST converts that data into a reliable knowledge resource that is contextualized based on the actual attributes that determine outcomes.


Figure 2 - System of Critical Data

Building CATALYST provides a variety of output displays, dashboards, reports and downloads that can be customized to the users needs. This guide OVERVIEW shows how CATALYST works from a user experience. Figure 3 illustrates CATALYST's approach of displaying summary information and drilling down into the details.


Figure 3 - Summary to Detailed Cost Illustration

Success with Building CATALYST and the SYSTEMS APPROACH to construction depends first on owners driving demand for higher value in cost and time to delivery. It is then up to upper management among builders and designers to drive measurable process improvement. Committed leaders must adopt a different management philosophy that is grounded in systems theory. This essay: Reinventing Means Rethinking Construction describes how quality and process improvement pioneer, W. Edwards Deming, would apply his systems theory to construction.