We have been in a fragmented, disorganized and confused state for so long, that we have become used to it. We accept that we have no control over the excessive and escalating construction costs. We focus on ways to anticipate cost increases, rather than doing something about it. We have developed new tools and processes that give the appearance of improvement (i.e. big rooms full of people solving that common causes) but end up increasing our non-productive work even more. We are fragmented across organizations, departments within organizations, disciplines, tools, and processes. Data and other information assets are fragmented from project inception to completion.
Building CATALYST solves this dilemma by organizing a system of systems. CATALYST organizes data across many organizations, across divisions/regions within organizations, across projects within organizations, across tools and processes across projects. This is all possible through CATALYSTS Simplify-Integrate-Automate approach. As we’ve learned, there is a nucleus of critical data that enables projects to be known and measurable as a complete and virtual system – from project end-to-end. All detailed data can be placed into a data hierarchy, and rolled up into one or more the critical data attributes.
Building CATALYST enables users and executives to rapidly and easily access critical data for a wide range of planning, decision-making, problem-solving and process improvement purposes. Figure 1 shows how Building CATALYST services as a central data/information/technology hub.
Figure 1 – Integrated/Automated Technology System
The myriads of thousands of otherwise disconnected data assets can now be organized and summarized through the Building CATALYST Integrated Data System. For the first time, project data and information can be connected into a complete, integrated system.
At the project level – the Project Center provides the hub that reports critical data and information – and provides data exchange and linkage to the detailed data and information from the associated tools and systems. is provided by CATALYST. Figure 2 illustrates the Project Center.
Figure 2 – Project Center Illustration
From the Project Center the user can access the Edit, Reports or Info Center. The Edit link enables the user to create new scenarios (sets), or update current ones. There are a wide variety of Reports users can access for individual or multi-set comparison. Reporting includes a powerful Analysis feature that compares current project analytics to past projects. Essentially, Report and Analysis links bring up the “quantitative” information. The Info Center link takes the user to critical “qualitative” information (key plans, reports, photos and other documents” and/or user defined links and resource to more detailed data and information. Figure 3 shows access from Project Center to Report and Info Center contents. Selected Report examples are shown throughout this site.
Figure 3 – Project Center to Reports and Info Center
Building CATALYST takes organization to the next level, allowing subscribers to organize their projects by customer, and even the customer’s divisions, campuses, etc. Each project can have a multitude of scenarios and progress sets. Figure 4 illustrated the Project Organizational Structure where many sets are organized. For example, the Feasibility Study included four building solutions (options). The fourth option was taken into deeper “benchmarking” models based on other completed real-world projects.
CATALYST also allows subscribers to establish data portals for their customers, also as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4 – Project Organizational Structure
Finally, Building CATALYST offers subscribers a System-wide Organizational Structure as illustrated in Figure 5. This is especially valuable for subscribers to rapidly locate a project. There are many other labeling, filtering and analysis capabilities made possible through Building CATALYST’s big data system
Figure 5 – System-wide Organizational Structure
As subscribers master data-driven planning, budgeting, and management, they are ready to take the next step of eliminating waste throughout the building process.