The Communication, Technology and Organizational Practices (CTOP) lab focuses on how teams of people work together with and through technology. CTOP engages in original research to generate new knowledge and develop innovative solutions that improve how teams work, organize, communicate, and integrate the technologies of today and tomorrow.

How we are talked about

“[CTOP] research was a catalyst for change at the University of Washington. The project brought technology stakeholders together who had never met before.” (UW CPD)

“CTOP’s research changed the dialogue within Sound Transit. Now people are talking about how we will do BIM going forward.” (Sound Transit)

Workplace Questions that Matter

The CTOP lab pursues answers to organizational and work process questions that matter to architect, engineers, contractors and owners (AECO), such as:

  • How can AECO teams collaborate in more efficient and innovative ways?
  • How can firms efficiently and effectively integrate new technologies into the workplace?
  • How can AEC teams make information meaningful to decision-makers?
  • What does the future hold for collaborative technology in the building industry?

Impacting How the Industry Works

Just this past year, the CTOP lab has:

  • Produced a workflow to improve interoperability from BIM to Enterprise Asset Management Systems
  • Developed an industry report for best collaborative energy modeling practices
  • Discovered how and why Integrated Project Delivery and collaborative strategies are more reliable
  • Rebaselined workflows for collecting as-is data for existing buildings
  • Developed BIM and asset data specifications and processes for transit

Work Products

Implications of New Construction Technology for Western Washington Mechanical Contractors (2011)

Implications of New Construction Technology for Western Washington Mechanical Contractors (2011)

We find that mechanical contractors are well positioned for the emerging changes in the AEC industry. The ways in which designers and builders manage information and data is challenging existing roles, organizational divisions, and work practices throughout the project process. We have identified four key emerging trends:

  • There is an increasingly important role for technologists on project teams
  • Mobile computing technologies link the field to the office
  • The line is blurring between design and construction
  • BIM is enabling and expanding prefabrication. Recommendations

Modular Prefabricated Residential Construction: Constraints & Opportunities (2013)


Funded by Skanska Innovation Grant – 2013

Modular Prefabricated Residential Construction: Constraints & Opportunities (2013)

  • Mid-rise is possible in seismic zone
  • First Cost Neutral
  • Savings in shorter time to market
  • Increased quality with decreased construction safety risks