Technology & Innovation
Prescient exists to fundamentally transform the approach to multi-family construction. We do this by leveraging the latest technology to address the major pain points of our industry partners, including developers, general contractors and architects. We’ve built an ongoing innovation engine driven by hundreds of talented software and hardware engineers on our staff. Working with Prescient means you’ll be leveraging the latest digital and physical tools and state-of-the-art processes to complete your project. Below are some examples of our current technology fueled by an ongoing stream of innovation. Each of these technologies is designed to impact project costs, schedules and risk.
5-D BIM Components: Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been an industry goal for decades. Prescient makes it the starting point for every one of its projects. Prescient’s software and precision-manufactured light-gauge steel components ensure the virtual 3-D design is the same as the final building structure, with accurate cost and schedule information from the outset. The key software tools used to deliver a 5-D BIM project include:
- Design Optimization
- Architectural Design
- Structural Engineering
- Cost Estimation
- Schedule Estimation
Digital Thread: This is the proprietary software system that links the entire project together. Its first version was launched in 2013 and there have been ongoing continuous updates and upgrades to this software system to make it faster, more accurate and more user friendly. The key components of Prescient’s digital thread include:
- 5-D BIM Design Output
- Manufacturing Files
- Installation Plans
UTCS: The Unified Truss Configuration System (UTCS) is the physical foundation of the Prescient system. It comprises light-gauge steel-framed wall panels and trusses, and cold-rolled galvanized steel posts. The UTCS is unique in that it effectively supports and transfers vertical and lateral forces from the walls, floor, ceiling and roof to its redundant and dense post system. This eliminates the need for “hot-formed” structural steel and concrete as part of a building’s structural system, resulting in a much lighter and more efficient structure.
Seismic Certification: Prescient is certified to be used in seismic zones up to 5 stories and 65 feet. Certification for 12-story structures up to 180 feet is currently underway. The Prescient system has a number of advantages in seismic zones, including:
- Low Building Weight (40% of a similar structure in concrete)
- High Redundancy of Structural Components
- High Ductility of Prescient Structure
- High Predictability of Individual Component Structural Performance
Prescient has collected over 500 million data points in over 840 tests to validate the integrity of our system under pressures equal to or greater than the largest seismic events in history.
Integrated Shafts and Stairways: Prescient stairs are installed as each level of Prescient framing goes vertical. Having working staircases throughout the project significantly increases worker efficiency and safety on site.
Prescient Balconies: Prescient offers precast concrete and steel balconies in three different styles: Cantilevered, Inset and French. Installation can be done as the building goes vertical, saving both time and money.
Integrated Shafts and Elevators: Elevator shafts and railings are incorporated into every Prescient design. A strategic partnership with KONE takes elevator integration to a new level, reducing the amount of labor required to install the final elevator by almost 50%. This results in improved project costs and schedule adherence.