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Thursday, December 9, 2010

1st Pricing Releases 5D BIM Pricing Plug-in for AutoCAD Architecture 2011

 
 Let's go about this from a different angle.  When you design a building, and it goes out to bid, and then comes in over budget.  There's a bunch of value engineering and your contract required you to redo the drawings at no additional charge because it wasn't designed to the budget criteria.  

Wouldn't it be easier to use technology to help prevent those sorts of problems?  Well, here's one of those solutions.  I've already posted about 1st Pricing's Revit plugin so if you haven't downloaded the free tool, go to this link: http://shop.1stpricing.com/cgi-bin/programdownload4








FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 8, 2010 Signal Hill, Calif. – 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has announced that they have completed and will release a plug-in that links their revolutionary 5D Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to AutoCAD®  Architecture 2011 it will be made available for download on Thursday. This is the first technology to fully integrate BIM into the design process - one that automatically creates a detailed bill of commercially available materials with pricing and an online shopping cart – called “5e” by the Company. 1st Pricing has created a standardized platform that seamlessly links to CAD programs and eCommerce portals with supplier or distributor prices. This allows the purchase of specified materials online. Visit www.1stPricing.com to download the free plug-in.

We are excited to release the AutoCAD Architecture 2011 version of our technology. The 1st Pricing plug-in allows architects and designers to access real-world, commercially available products in their designs. The patented plug-in automatically accesses external databases for product detail - from availability to line item pricing to performance ratings – even “Green” ratings. You can even access design details and elements without opening the CAD program – it is all available online for everyone involved in the building process.” said Douglas Lopez, Founder of 1st Pricing and a licensed general contractor. “Some people suggest that we have patented the “I” in BIM and, in a sense, I agree. Our technology is the only process that can openly share data from any database with the front end CAD program, the middle process of Supply Chain and eCommerce as well as the back end of Lifecycle Management. We can identify “Green building materials to encourage and simplify sustainable building practices. It is a search engine specifically designed for CAD.” 1st Pricing provides precise detail to all downstream consumers of the information and provides the decision maker detailed information in order for them to make better, more informed decisions.

With the click of a button, the 1st Pricing technology accesses multiple external databases through an internet portal and can pull the brands that are available in the region. Additionally it can provide 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 making for easy fulfillment from a local building material distributor. Changes and updates are made within seconds so that everyone is on the same page. In the CAD industry, the supply chain component is often referred to as the “fifth dimension of CAD” or 5D or, in the case of 1st Pricing technology, "5e" for eCommerce using the best practices of 5D. When you create a bill of materials using the patented 1st Pricing technology, you also create an online shopping cart available for everyone involved in the project to see and then, once purchased and built, you can pass this data on to the facilities management." This is an aspect of the BIM world that no one else has delivered... we have been doing it since 2003. We build a better list, give you actual prices and allow you to purchase your specified products online at great prices."

“We take theory out of the design process and we are empowering the homeowner and their contractor with a number of popular product choices including delivered-to-the-jobsite pricing and no one has to recreate the data” adds Lopez.

Today, the Company is focused on building materials for residential construction but plans to add commercial building products. In the near future, 1st Pricing expects to provide pricing on virtually every building product used in residential construction while bridging the gap for subcontractors by including labor quotes.

About 1st Pricing
1st Pricing, an Autodesk® authorized developer, currently offers free plug-ins for users of AutoCAD®, Revit® Architecture, Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD® and IMSI’s TurboCAD®. More platforms are in development. 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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