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Accelerate Live! talk: The data-driven future for AEC, Nathan Miller, Proving Ground

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Nathan Miller presents his vision of a data-driven future for the business of design.


We call him the "other Oracle of Omaha.” Hailing from the great state of Nebraska, Nathan Miller has no formal training or education in computer coding—but don’t let that fool you. 

In short order, Miller has earned wide acclaim as one of the industry’s bright minds and most trusted consultants in the areas of computational design and data-driven design. As Founder and Managing Director of the consulting practice, Proving Ground, he has helped some of the nation’s largest AEC firms overcome challenges in the technology landscape. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Miller presents his vision of a data-driven future for the business of design, where creativity is fueled by continuous improvement, and solutions are built on proof.


Nathan Miller
Founder, Proving Ground

Nathan Miller is the Founder of Proving Ground, a new business venture that delivers data-driven solutions for architecture, engineering, and construction businesses. Miller has worked with some of the most reputable organizations in the building industry to create strategies and software for delivering value with data.

His work in data and computation has impacted the design and delivery of a wide range of built environments, including stadiums, skyscrapers, hospitals, and museums. As a technologist, Miller has authored numerous free and open-source tools that are widely used by building professionals and researchers with the aim of improving designer productivity. Among these tools are the popular Grasshopper and Dynamo plug-ins LunchBox, Rhynamo, and Slingshot.

He has lectured about data and computation at venues including ACADIA, Facades+, AIA TAP, Building Connections Congress, USC BIM Symposium, and Now Next Future. You can read his latest thoughts on the world of data in buildings at the Proving Ground blog:




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