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


BIM Cybersecurity: Vulnerabilities and Mitigating Risk

Memo created for Port of Seattle
April 5, 2019

Executive Summary

The increased sophistication of networked Building Automation Systems (BAS), integration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices into new construction and legacy buildings, and the creation and maintenance of Building Information Model (BIM) data and information located within a common data environment (CDE), heightens security risk and provides opportunities for cybersecurity threats to prosper.

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Work Products

Innovation Through Practice: The Messy Work of Making Technology Useful for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Firms and Teams

WATCH PRESENTATION VIDEO Through the study of visualizations, virtual worlds, and information exchange, our research reveals the complex connections between technology and the work of design and construction. Our studies focused on architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) teams as they grappled with adapting work practices to new technologies and the opportunities these technologies promise. Over…

Rebaselining Asset Data for Existing Facilities and Infrastructure

DOWNLOAD REPORT In this report, we introduce rebaselining as a workflow for collecting and verifying data for existing assets based on evolving or emerging data needs or changes in the status of assets. We conducted two action research projects in two public owner organizations in the U.S. to explore the rebaselining tasks that owners need…

What is BIM and Why Should Construction Lawyers Care about It?

DOWNLOAD POWERPOINT This PowerPoint presentation was created for the WSBA Construction Law Section–Annual Dinner and CLE. Learning objectives include: BIM definition BIM history Common current uses BIM Execution Planning Contracts and Data Requirement Specifications Hands on Demonstrations