McKinsey Global Institute's study Reinventing Construction: A Route to Higher Productivity summarizes our problem this way, “…construction appears to be stuck in a time warp. In the United States since 1945, productivity in manufacturing… has grown by as much as 1,500 percent; productivity in construction has barely increased at all.”
This study is just the latest in a decade’s long quest to solve our productivity dilemma. A plethora of great tools and processes - like BIM, IPD, and Lean Construction – have helped. But because they have been applied to – rather than replacing – a fragmented and archaic contracting structure, their impact is only a shadow of their potential. As a result, construction costs continue to escalate two to three times faster than the rest of the economy and projects take far longer than necessary to produce. In spite of the technology advancements, more than 90% of all labor is non-productive.
Building CATALYST enables building teams to start fresh with a clean slate – by removing our manual, archaic, and fragemented structures; and replacing them with a highly automated and streamlined Systems Approach.
The Systems Approach reduces uncertainty, rework and waste – enabling projects to efficiently flow through the design and production process. Projects can be delivered in far less time and at a lower cost by implementing three progressive stages to the Systems Approach:
Stage 1 - Knowledge-based Planning and Cost Management
Building CATALYST provides a self-contained statistical modeling and analysis solution to predict a project’s program, design parameters, schedule and cost. It provides a powerful decision-making resource based on the owner’s business case and other key attributes that impact outcomes. Typically, owners will engage a Building Catalyst expert to help in the planning process and provide cost certainty. Learn more
Stage 2 - Programming and Design Process Integration and Automation
Building CATALYST allows standardized, detailed project data and technology apps to be networked into an overall system. CATALYST-based templates and standards dramatically reduced the manual and error prone handling to data and automates the preconstruction process. Implementation of this requires a new form of Design-Build or IPD where the owner, designer and builder are all connected into a common data/tech system. Learn more
Stage 3 - Manufacturing-inspired Construction of Customized Buildings
Building CATALYST enables us to think like manufacturers – moving from the one-off mindset to a high production system. We “build the plant” and then “produce the product”. CATALYST-based standards, libraries and content are prototyped as functional, space and elemental object levels, rather than at the whole-building level. This enables buildings to be a customized assembly of standard “kit-of-parts”. CATALYST then provides impartial analysis, which is essential to objectively measuring and managing improvement. Learn more
The Systems Approach is for owners and building teams who understand that something more radical is needed – a new management philosophy. W. Edwards Deming is the physicist and statistician that led Japan’s reconstruction and the development of today’s lean process improvement. He developed a management philosophy grounded in systems theory. Deming puts it this way, “A change in philosophy requires unlearning industrial thinking evident in departmentalization (i.e., silos, fragmentation), scarcity of knowledge and information competitiveness”. We must be systems thinkers, and we must acquire knowledge that abounds –being willing to share the wealth of data ready to be mined.