By providing a library of real-world, commercially available products and proper terminology, the architect’s intentions become crystal clear. They can provide their customer with information about which brands are available.
Signal Hill, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2010
1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has announced that they will release a plug-in that links their patented revolutionary Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD® version 13 on July 1st. Like other versions released by the Company, the plug-in nearly doubles the number of available windows for use in the CAD program. This is the first technology to simplify BIM - one that removes extra steps rather that adding steps as all other technologies seem to do. Also, 1st Pricing has created a standardized platform that can integrate directly with any object oriented CAD program.
“We have had a tremendous response to our other plug-ins and many requests for a version that is compatible with ArchiCAD. On July 1st, the new version will be available for download at our website. Like other 1st Pricing plug-ins, it will be free to download and free to use” said Douglas Lopez, Founder of 1st Pricing and a general contractor. “By providing a library of real-world, commercially available products and proper terminology, the architect’s intentions become crystal clear. They can provide their customer with information about which brands are available. 1st Pricing can allow a manufacturer can get specified on these plans plus we can identify “green” building materials to encourage sustainable building practices. It is a search engine specifically designed for your drawing in your CAD program.”
With the click of a button, the 1st Pricing technology accesses multiple databases through an internet portal and can pull which brands that are available and in the future they can receive. Green information, Energy ratings, RFID or provide 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 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. The Company takes it a step further to eCommerce calling it 5e to represent supply chain eCommerce.
“Our goal is to provide useful tools to simplify the BIM process in an industry that has not enjoyed much productivity over the years. In my experience as a general contractor and building material supplier, mistakes are made when information is recreated from the plans over and over and over” adds Lopez. “We simply identify multiple brand solutions from local suppliers to precise architectural specifications that can be easily shared with everyone in the downstream process. We are also empowering the homeowner and their contractor with a number of fulfillment choices.”
“Our technology transforms a set of plans from an interpretive document to a declarative statement,” adds Lopez.
About 1st Pricing
1st Pricing currently offers free plug-ins for users of ArchiCAD, TurboCAD®, AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD Revit®. More platforms will be released during 2010. 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.