Building Catalyst is construction’s first and only integrated planning, estimating, and value analysis system — because it is construction’s first Lean, Big Data-based BIM system. Catalyst automates conceptual modeling and estimating, prototyping, benchmarking, comparative analysis, target setting and tracking and historical data recording capabilities. These capabilities are possible because of a big data approach that accounts for the actual causes that determine facility outcomes.
Starting in the early planning stages, Building Catalyst performs conceptual modeling of a facility’s outcomes: program, scope parameters, site and building quantities, schedule and construction costs. Catalyst performs a statistical model for all these outcomes based on the user selecting 18 facility attributes that define the facility, plus a few functional attributes that define the purpose of the facility (i.e. hospital beds, hotel rooms, student count, etc.).
Catalyst reports facility outcomes in terms and measures that are meaningful to the customer – by department and the functions within each department. The facility owner can easily translate the program and cost based on the purposes served. All team members become focused on the owner’s business case, and are equipped to optimize the facility accordingly.
Catalyst provides powerful real-time prototyping and feasibility study modeling and comparison. Catalyst rapidly models and compares “what-if” scenarios starting in the early planning stages when the highest impact decision making is required. This rapid prototyping and comparison capability continues throughout conceptual and schematic design stages.
As the planning, design and construction team progress through the programming, design and due diligence information becomes available that can be input into the Catalyst system to update and steer the project results accordingly. Add an exam room, for example, and all downstream program, scope parameters, schedule and cost outcomes are automatically revised.
Catalyst’s baseline predictions of program, scope, schedule and cost are based primarily on “real-world” results from completed projects across all Catalyst members (or other published standards when real-world data is not available). The Catalyst baseline predictions are intended to reflect the “market average” outside the users experience. Catalyst also enables the user to perform detailed benchmarking (program, scope, schedule and/or cost) based on the users own competed and recorded projects or other standards. This capability enables users to compare the baseline prediction against one or more benchmark studies from more reliable predictive modeling and analysis.
Catalyst enables impartial target value setting–not for just cost, but also for the program design parameters and schedule outcomes. Once the target is set, then it is badged, and all subsequent estimates or actual cost results are compared to, and tracked against, the target set in detail.
All of the above features are enhanced when Catalyst is used for recording completed projects, and using those projects as the Basis of Results for predicting future projects.
Catalyst’s strategy is to provide an all-in-one management and resource center for all vital information about a projects.
The original and ultimate purpose for Building Catalyst was to create a predictive modeling and measurement system as a catalyst to quality and process improvement.