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1st Pricing Launches Archi-Spec™ 5D BIM Search Engine


September 16, 2009: Signal Hill, Calif. – 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has launched their new “Archi-Spec™” technology to provide architectural specifications to all users of the revolutionary 1st Pricing BIM search technology. Archi-Spec is simply an extension of their patented BIM technology designed to provide critical product data and practical product content to the architect for free.

“We have been providing line-item product pricing for years in our territories. This limits our service areas to those where we distribute products – primarily in western states” said Douglas Lopez, founder of 1st Pricing. “Our Archi-Spec program will now allow us to provide architectural specifications for real-world products on a nationwide basis on precise needs, as specified, by the architect or designer.” Lopez continues “It is also an incredibly valuable tool for Government and Military use in the sense that while they are focusing on 3D & 4D models, they do not have 5D let alone 1st Pricing’s “5e” eCommerce technology. Every deal requires specific product information and it can be difficult to find out which products are available in target areas. Since we simplify the process as, essentially, a search engine for CAD plus adding our ability to identify sustainable and energy star rated materials will help them choose “Green” products more effectively.”

Ply-Gem Windows is 1st Pricing’s first national brand to subscribe along with regional window companies Bonded Windows (New York, Tri-State area) and Lindsay Windows (Midwest). Lopez adds a key point “Since the basis for all specifications is the project zip code, it also allows us to provide manufacturers, distributors & retailers precise demographic information months before product decisions are made.”

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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