Proving Ground

Nathan Miller is the Founder of Proving Ground (, an AEC consulting practice that creates data-driven building processes that increase productivity, provide certainty, and enhance the human experience. As strategic advisers, the firm works with business leaders to define strategic plans focused on innovation with data. As educators, they teach your staff new skills by facilitating classroom-style workshops in advanced technology. As project consultants, they work with teams to develop custom tools and implement streamlined workflows.
Building Team | August 21, 2018 | Nathan Miller

Strategies are always created with the best of intentions for improving business, the effort involved in executing the strategy – especially ones i...

Architects | May 14, 2018 | Nathan Miller

While our technology is becoming more advanced, the fundamental processes at the core of design and construction businesses have largely remained u...

AEC Tech | March 07, 2018 | Nathan Miller

This article is a follow up to Nathan Miller's 2016 article “The Wicked Problem of Interoperability”. 

BIM and Information Technology | December 12, 2017 | Nathan Miller

'I believe in the potential for new technology to positively impact the quality of the built environment with immense speed and great efficiency,'...

How professional bias can sabotage industry transformation

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AEC Tech | October 06, 2017 | Nathan Miller

Professional bias can take the form of change-resistant thinking that can keep transformational or innovative ambitions at bay. Tech consultant Nat...

Big Data | May 24, 2017 | Nathan Miller

All too often, the narrative of what it takes to be ‘data-driven’ focuses on methods for collecting, synthesizing, and visualizing data.

February 16, 2017 | Nathan Miller

There appears to be very little industry consensus as to what a ‘computational design’ position actually means in a business setting.

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AEC Tech | December 22, 2016 | Nathan Miller Nathan Miller, Founder, Proving Ground

Data and digital tools are an absolute given to today’s building design and construction process. But creating a true data-driven workflow requires...

Construction on the Hangzhou stadium by NBBJ

BIM and Information Technology | August 22, 2016 | Nathan Miller

Building professionals are often put in a situation where solving problems with the ‘best tool for the job’ comes at the cost of not being able to...

All images courtesy Proving Ground.

Building Tech | May 09, 2016 | Nathan Miller

In creating a roadmap for computation, Proving Ground's Nathan Miller likes to consider investing in the right people, incorporating a range of ski...

A Python scripting lesson at the TexFab Dynamo workshop. Photo: Proving Ground

AEC Tech | April 15, 2016 | Nathan Miller

Even if learning to code does not personally interest you, the growing demand for having these capabilities in an architectural business cannot be...

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