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Going Green - 1st Pricing Enhances BIM Plug-in for CAD Programs

Signal Hill, CA, June 03, 2009 --( 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, announced that they have upgraded and enhanced the plug-in that links their patented revolutionary BIM technology to AutoCAD® Architecture and various other CAD programs. This plug-in allows architects and other designers to utilize libraries that contain real-world, commercially available products. The new format permits 1st Pricing to deliver product related data to the CAD desktop. The most exciting new feature is that the plug-in can highlight “Green” or “Energy Star” rated materials to promote sustainable building practices. In addition to pricing, the plug-in also allows product manufacturers to be specified directly on the plans themselves the 1st Pricing technology is unique in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) world and is the premier technology in the 5D (supply chain) world of BIM,” said Douglas Lopez, Founder of 1st Pricing.

Lopez, who is also a building material distributor and General Contractor says, “We can now deliver an enormous amount of critical information about all kinds of plan elements that are used in the design.” The plug-in can stipulate commercially available products so an architect or building owner can have precision choices of materials. To close the supply chain loop, it possesses integrated, on-line procurement capabilities for error-free purchasing from a local supplier. “With the new format there isn’t any information that we can’t bring back to the architect.” Lopez continues, “Essentially, you can pass around an automatically generated bill of materials, complete with comparative, line-item pricing for real-world products through the entire supply chain process without ever having to re-type the data while at the same time virtually eliminating errors.” At its core, it is a search engine for CAD.

With the click of a button, the 1st Pricing technology accesses an internet portal and pulls comparison pricing of multiple brands to fill out a detailed bill of materials with all related content on demand. An online shopping cart is also automatically 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 near future. In the CAD industry, the supply chain component is often referred to as the “fifth dimension of CAD” or 5D.

“Our technology transforms a set of plans from an interpretive document to a declarative statement,” adds Lopez. “By adding multiple brand solutions from local suppliers to precise architectural specifications, we are empowering the homeowner and their contractor with a number of fulfillment choices complete with delivered-to-the-jobsite pricing.”

About 1st Pricing
1st Pricing currently offers free plug-ins for users of AutoCAD® and TurboCAD®. Plug-ins for AutoCAD® Architecture and Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD® are currently in beta and are expected to be released in the second quarter of 2009. More platforms will be released during 2009. 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 - 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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