1st Pricing Delivers Real-Time, Delivered-To-The-Jobsite Pricing in BIM

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1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has reached a new level of service with their 1st Pricing BIM search technology. Starting today, the 1st Pricing BIM search technology will deliver real-time, delivered-to-the-jobsite pricing with applicable sales tax and delivery charges.

The promise of BIM has been all about information sharing of building object data from a set of plans with everyone that is involved in the building project from design to build to management. All have stated that, one day, you will be able to purchase the materials as well

1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has reached a new level of service with their 1st Pricing BIM search technology. Starting today, the 1st Pricing BIM search technology will deliver real-time, delivered-to-the-jobsite pricing with applicable sales tax and delivery charges. The plug-in can be downloaded at the 1st Pricing website.

"The promise of BIM has been all about information sharing of building object data from a set of plans with everyone that is involved in the building project from design to build to management. All have stated that, one day, you will be able to purchase the materials as well," said Douglas Lopez, founder of 1st Pricing. "This particular BIM discipline, known as 5D dealing with the supply chain for building materials, has been around since 2003 when we launched it in TurboCAD. Our technology even allows you to review and purchase the materials online, outside of CAD - we refer to it as 5e with the 'e' representing eCommerce. Now available for AutoCAD Architecture and soon to be available in ArchiCAD and Revit, we can deliver any type of product data to the architectural desktop. Today we are including appropriate sales tax and delivery charges when we deliver line item pricing in our precise bill of materials." Lopez continues "Many people are estimating costs based on various averages and inputs but that is not really pricing is it? Pricing is an exact dollar amount for which you can purchase the specified material at this very timeā€¦and that is what we do and we normally offer multiple brands at the same time. You can review the bill of materials in your CAD program or simply go online, enter in your unique reference number and access your shopping cart that is already populated with your precise specifications."

With the click of a button, the 1st Pricing technology accesses multiple databases through an internet portal and can pull all brands that are available in the region plus, Green information, Energy ratings, RFID or any other relevant data. It can provide either availability options or comparison pricing of multiple brands to fill out a detailed bill of materials with all related content on demand. At the same time, an online shopping cart is created for easy fulfillment from a local material distributor based on the project zip code. Changes and updates are made within seconds so that everyone is on the same page. Today, the Company is focused on building materials for residential construction but plans to add commercial building products in the future. In the CAD industry, the supply chain component is often referred to as the "fifth dimension of CAD" or 5D.

"Our simple to use technology identifies available products by zip code providing viable options to everyone involved in the building process," adds Lopez. "By identifying multiple brand solutions from local suppliers to precise architectural specifications, we are empowering the homeowner and their contractor with a number of fulfillment choices ranging from what is available to delivered-to-the-jobsite pricing."

About 1st Pricing

1st Pricing, an Autodesk® authorized developer, currently offers free plug-ins for users of AutoCAD® and TurboCAD®. Plug-ins for Graphisoft's ArchiCAD® are currently in beta and are expected to be released sometime next quarter. More platforms are already in development and will be released later this year. The 1st Pricing technology was initially released in TurboCAD in 2003.

1st Pricing is part of California Distribution Center (CDC), a building material distribution company focusing on fenestration products. CDC Also operates 1st Windows.com - the only site on the Internet that offers instant, real-time, dynamic pricing and purchase of both replacement and new construction windows. The website, which also offers doors, skylights and acrylic glass block windows, has been online since April of 2000.

The site allows anyone, homeowner, do-it-yourselfer, architect or contractor, to get buy-it-now pricing for made-to-order windows. Not only does the site offer pricing for a specific brand, it can offer on-demand pricing for up to six brands, simultaneously, with the click of a mouse. When the order is fulfilled, the manufacturer delivers the product directly to the jobsite.

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