Set-based Prototyping

The Problem

Owners face major decisions, and have lots of questions…but they lack valid information from which to choose.  The design and building team are rarely afforded the time and funds to prepare multiple whole-building prototypes needed by owner to make informed decisions. The lack of program, design and cost modeling tools keep the owner and building team in the dark when the highest impact decisions are needed.

A Solution

CATALYST’s big data system brings rapid scenario prototyping to enhance owner’s decision-making, especially in the planning and early design stages.

Set-based Prototyping enables whole-building modeling and comparison of limitless composites of program, scope, building configurations, site selection, design concepts, performance standards, etc. In the pre-design stages, CATALYST provides stand alone, realtime, modeling of a facility’s program, scope and costs based on a handful of critical attributes about a project. In the conceptual design stages, key BIM parameters from one or several design models can be imported into CATALYST to more precisely predict outcomes. And in the schematic design stages, a variety of assemblies, like different types of wall systems, can be composed and compared in real time.

This video shows how Catalyst provides rapid prototyping and comparative analysis.

Figure 1 illustrates a site selection study, where the program requirements are the same, but the location and building configurations can cause a substantial cost difference.

Figure 1 - Set-based PrototypingFigure 1 – Set-based Prototyping – Site Selection Study