Stage 1 - Planning

Data-driven Planning and Cost Management

Building CATALYST’s software as a service (SAAS) platform replaces construction’s manual, fragmented, uncertain, and wasteful planning, and management methods. Figure 1 shows how the benefits roll out to plan projects and management costs. CATALYST is self-contained solution utilizing a Systems Approach to reliably and impartially model, measure and manage outcomes.

Figure 1 - Flow of Planning and Cost Management

Through over 400 actual projects valued at over $8 Billion, CATALYST’s big data approach has proven to be a reliable knowledge resource to replace conventional insular tools and methods. We've learned that transforming the construction process must start at the beginning - the earliest stages of a project.

Building CATALYST establishes a system of causes (inputs) and effects (outcomes) grouped into this network of critical data components shown in FIgure 2. The facility purpose, for example, can be synchronized with the owner’s business case translated into functions (e.g., ultrasound, MRI, etc.) grouped by department (e.g., radiology).  There are many other requirements or constraints (attributes) that dramatically impact outcomes (e.g., region, time, number of levels, quality, scope, site conditions, etc.) While many organizations collect and analyze data, Building CATALYST converts that data into a reliable knowledge resource that is contextualized based on the actual attributes that determine outcomes.

Figure 2 - System of Critical Data

Building CATALYST provides easy-to-use, menu-driven input screens and a variety of output displays, dashboards, reports and downloads. This user guide OVERVIEW shows how CATALYST works from a user experience. Figure 3 illustrates CATALYST's approach of displaying summary information and drilling down into the details.

Figure 3 - Summary to Detailed Cost Illustration

Success with Building CATALYST and the new SYSTEMS APPROACH to construction depends on upper management's to commitment to innovation based on W. E. Deming's management philosophy that is grounded in systems theory. This essay: Reinventing Means Rethinking Construction describes how the Deming system can be applied to contruction.