Today’s construction process can not achieve measurable improved because it does not apply metrics that are associated with the causes that determine outcomes. Without meaningful standards to measured against there can be no lasting improvement.
The solution is found in a systems approach to big data analysis. The only valid standard to measure a facility is its purpose – which is the composition of its inter-related functions. A comprehensive measurement approach is foundational to achieving several other process improvements described throughout this website.
Figure 1 is a graphical representation of the systems approach. The system’s attributes are networked into a nucleus of critical data working together to achieve the facility’s purpose.
Figure 1 – Catalyst Systems Approach
Through Building Catalyst all critical data, and other information, is submitted to a big data system. This enables remarkable prediction and analysis capabilities within and across a wide range of projects. Every project can become known and useful in the study and analysis of other projects. A comprehensive measurement approach captures all vital data into the above ten component categories. Figures 2 and 3 below illustrate how structured and hierarchal diametric data becomes part of a comprehensive measurement system. Figure 2 shows the facility purpose, functions and program are structured. Figure 3 shows how the physical characteristics and cost standards are structured.
Figure 2 – Catalyst Information Hierarchy: Program and Function
Figure 3 – Catalyst Information Hierarchy: Building Elements
Effective Comprehensive Measurement for decision making and process improvement will:
♦ Have a well defined network of interdependent components (elements, spaces, attributes, demands and standards) and a system aim. The system aim is the interaction of the purpose (i.e. hospital), with its Functions (i.e. surgical unit) – See Figure 1. The foundational standard of measure is the Function (number of major surgical units, number of beds, etc.)
♦ Be organized in an information hierarchy – with exchange layers of the vital few components (See Figures 2 and 3 for Building Program and Building Elements
♦ Be consistent from project inception (pre-design) to completion
♦ Be consistent across projects
♦ Be submitted to the principles of interactions and variation
♦ Be inclusive of the entire building (scope and cost)