Recent Webinar

Centralizing your BIM Data with Tracer Server

Data repositories, warehouses, and lakes have become important infrastructure components for managing data within a business enterprise. Yet, even as cloud-based workflows have gained popularity, BIM data is still primarily managed through file-based workflows and exchange. Readily and easily accessing the underlying data of BIM from an centralized data platform remains a challenging endeavor for many professionals.

Tracer Server introduces a new platform for harvesting, storing, and analyzing centralized BIM data. Tracer Server supports automated batch harvesting of multiple models to a scalable database structure capable of storing entire portfolios of BIM data – including geometry and properties. Business Intelligence solutions can then be connected to the centralized data for enterprise-level analysis, comparisons, correlations, and predictions.

In this webinar, Nathan Miller will discuss the theory and practical application of centralized BIM data using Tracer Server.

  • Learn how centralized BIM data can be used to support design and business insight.
  • Learn how Tracer Server supports analysis of a portfolio of building data – including 3D!
  • Learn how Tracer Server is deployed to a business.
  • Learn how Tracer Server can be customized to meet business needs.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch the recording here!


  • Thursday, November 18, 2021
  • 12:00 PM Eastern US Time

Past Workshops

Digital Twins – Practical Strategies for Builders

A ‘Digital Twin’ refers to a real-time digital representation of a physical object. For buildings, a digital twin can be established to understand real-time trends occurring in the built environment including energy performance, space uses, preventative maintenance needs, and insights made possible by the Internet of Things.

The successful implementation of a Digital Twin for a building involves coordinating digital model assets in conjunction with well-correlated data sources that reflect the real-time state of the building. While there is a lot of hype and mystique surrounding digital twins, this lecture will discuss practical implementation opportunities using well-established technologies, data management methods, and digital model assets.

Nathan Miller – CEO of Proving Ground – presented practical concepts and strategies for establishing a ‘digital twin’ for buildings using technology available to architects, engineers, builders, and facility owners.

  • What a Digital Twin means in the context of building design, construction, and operations.
  • How Digital Twins can deliver value to the work of designers, builders, and facility managers?
  • What practical strategies can be employed for coordinating building information models with real-time facility data.
  • What technologies – including data, machine learning, and business intelligence – are available to support a practical Digital Twin implementation.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch the recording here!


  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • 12:00 PM Eastern US Time

Tracer + IFC – Creating Interactive 3D Power BI Reports

This workshop will introduce features, workflows, and concepts for creating 3D Power BI reports using Tracer IFC. Tracer IFC provides a toolkit for processing IFC files (‘Industry Foundation Class’) for use in data-centric Business Intelligence workflows. This webinar will provide concepts for leveraging BIM data during building design, construction, and operations.

IFC files can be created using most BIM authoring applications including Revit, Archicad, Tekla, Vectorworks, and more! Tracer equips users to use these IFC files to present geometry and data in Power BI – a powerful Business Intelligence platform.

In this FREE workshop, Nathan Miller will introduce concepts for:

  • Using Tracer IFC to process models to an open database format
  • Using Power BI to connect to IFC model data using database connections
  • Creating interactive 3D Power BI visualizations of IFC data using Tracer 3D visuals
  • Publishing your 3D Power BI dashboards for sharing with others

Did you miss the webinar? Watch the recording here!


  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
  • 12:00 PM Eastern US Time

Tracer + IFC – Using Open BIM with Power BI

TRACER IFC enables users to process 3D IFC files for use in the Power BI workflow. IFC files are a ‘platform neutral’ BIM format and can be exported from various BIM applications including Revit, ArchiCAD, Tekla, Vectorworks, AECOsim, and more!

In this webinar, Nathan Miller will discuss how supporting IFC can enable building design and construction professionals to leverage a wider variety of BIM data for business intelligence.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The advantages for using IFC as part of the BIM data lifecycle.
  • How Tracer can process an IFC file to a relational SQLite database file.
  • How the Tracer 3D Power BI visual can display IFC geometry and data
  • How to join the BETA testing program

Did you miss the webinar? Watch the recording here!


  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • 12:00 PM Eastern US Time

Business Intelligence for AECO

Business Intelligence (BI for short) refers to technologies and processes that provide historical, correlated, and predictive views of an organization’s data resources. As designers and builders create and leverage data-rich toolsets, the use of BI is becoming increasingly integral to leverage data among a variety of tools and resources.

This free webinar will feature a presentation, demo, and Q&A with Nathan Miller – CEO of Proving Ground. Nate will discuss and present opportunities for architects, engineers, contractors, and owners to take advantage of Business Intelligence. Nate will also demonstrate uses of Power BI-focused apps Tracer and Semantic for analyzing 2D and 3D data available in Revit and Rhinoceros 3D.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about the concept of Business Intelligence as a building data strategy.
  • Learn about use cases for business intelligence in design, construction, and operations.
  • Learn about 2D and 3D Power BI products supporting Revit and Rhino 3D.
  • Learn about services for implementation and skill development.

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  • Thursday May 20, 2021
  • 12:00 PM Eastern US Time

Conveyor – Rhino and Revit Workflows

Conveyor is a commercial product for enabling direct integration between McNeel Rhinoceros 3D and Autodesk Revit. Attendees will learn about the features and functions of the Conveyor software and how the tools can be used to streamline project design and development.

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  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern

Semantic – Rhino Data and Power BI

Semantic equips users with workflows for integrating data properties with their Rhino objects. Attendees will learn how to create custom Rhino properties, create ‘live’ tabular reports, and render 3D visualizations in Microsoft Power BI.

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  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern

Tracer – Revit Data and Power BI

Tracer is a toolkit for harvesting and visualizing Building Information Models within the Power BI environment. This workshop will cover how to export data from Autodesk Revit for creating interactive dashboards in Microsoft Power BI using 2D and 3D visuals.

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  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern