Our approach is to create BI solutions for architects, engineers, contractors, and owners that address the widespread need for data by experts and non-experts.

Business Intelligence (‘BI’ for short) refers to technologies that enable the analysis, reporting, and presentation of data. As designers and builders have accelerated their use of data, the use of BI among a broader contingent AECO stakeholders has become far more pronounced – even integral – to many digital processes.

Proving Ground offers a variety of training, implementation, and technology services for equipping AECO businesses with capabilities for business intelligence. Our approach in creating relevant BI tools for the AECO industry aims at addressing widespread need for data by experts and non-experts. Project managers can use BI to understand staff, cost and schedules of a project. Designers can use BI to present design options and alternatives. Executives can use BI to understand the factors and trends impacting their business performance.

Our Services

  • Define your digital strategy and roadmap for Business Intelligence in your company.
  • Develop skills in data management and analysis among your team of designers, managers, and executives.
  • Connect Power BI to popular 2D and 3D CAD and BIM tools – including Rhino and Revit.
  • Create templates for connecting multiple data sources to your BI reports.
  • Train your staff to use Microsoft Power BI in building design, construction, and operations.
  • Purchase our apps – including Tracer and Semantic – that extend Power BI with building data.

Why use BI for Building Design and Construction?

Data-Driven Decision Making

Create interactive reports that use data to support decision making from conceptual design to building operations. BI reports allow all stakeholders to understand the impact of decisions on the most important metrics impacting your project.

Leverage data among experts and non-experts

Data should be available and used by everyone. Whether you are a designer, manager, or executive, business intelligence tools provide a low barrier to entry for non-experts in data. Users can create powerful reports and visualizations of building data without writing a single line of code or HTML.

Tailor your presentation of data to your use case

The use of data is not “one size fits all”. Using business intelligence, you can craft dashboards tailored to your project or workflow. BI helps you tell your business and project story.

Integrate multiple sources of data

Building industry data is often spread across multiple frameworks, databases, building information models, and drawings. Business intelligence can be used to combine these sources of data into reports that allow you to see correlations, patterns, and relationships.