The Mathews Method

The Mathews Method


Converting an organization from a hierarchy to a more efficient network organizational structure can often be detrimental or even fatal to organization during the transition.  For this reason, many big companies and whole industries are not implementing blockchain solutions.  Meanwhile, upstarts and disruptors are advantaged by not having to support a legacy hierarchy as they rapidly scale as a network.  Other implementations focused on culling the back-office may have the negative impact of hollowing out the knowledge endowment of the organization.


The Mathews Method describes a set of internal organizational specifications that allows for a slower and more orderly transition to occur.  In essence, the Mathews Method is an economy within an economy, that is, a network within a hierarchy.  The network is allowed to grow and replace the hierarchy over time as efficiencies come to bear.  The first application of the Mathews Method specifies a new architecture/engineering delivery method where the traditional enterprise supports a networked BIM (Building Information Model) structure.  As the BIM network grows, participants are allowed to cross over to legacy management bringing the networked culture along side.


The Mathews Method was first described by Malachy Mathews from the Dublin Institute of Technology in the following paper entitled:  BIM+Blockchain: A Solution to the Trust Problem in Collaboration?  (CITA BIM Conference 2017, November 2017: Malachy Mathews DIT and Professor Brian Bowe. School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, contributor, Daniel R.Robles, PE, IEBC.


The Integrated Engineering Blockchain Consortium endorses The Mathews Method as an essential component of any blockchain implementation strategy related in the built environment.