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1st Pricing Releases BIM Pricing
Plug-in for AutoCAD Architecture


June 18, 2009: Signal Hill, Calif. – 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has announced that they have completed and released a plug-in that links their patented revolutionary Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to AutoCAD® Architecture - nearly doubling the available window images.  Today it is compatible with version 2008. You can expect 2009 compatibility in just a few more weeks and 2010 shortly thereafter. 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. Visit www.1stPricing.com to download the free plug-in.

“The 1st Pricing technology is unique in the BIM world as it connects the theoretical design world to the practical build world” said Douglas Lopez, Founder of 1st Pricing and a general contractor. “For the first time, we translate architectural design language so that it matches up to real-world products and terminology so that the architect’s intentions are crystal clear. We can say which brands are available in a given zip code so a manufacturer can get specified on the plans plus we can identify green building materials to encourage sustainable building practices. It is a search engine specifically designed for CAD.” The databases the plug-in can search through an unlimited number databases in a split seconds are endless.

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 in the region plus, 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 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 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 complete with 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®. A plug-in for Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD® is currently in beta and is expected to be released in sometime in the 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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