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1ST Pricing Releases Revolutionary BIM Pricing Tool for AutoCAD® and Architectural Desktop™


OCTOBER 27, 2004: Signal Hill, Calif. - 1ST Pricing, a Southern California-based technology company providing practical solutions to the building industry, has released a downloadable plug-in for AutoCAD®, Architectural Desktop™ and Autodesk Map® 3Dô that will create a detailed bill of materials including real-time, comparative pricing from many real manufacturers combined with pricing and an online fulfillment capability to support it. AutoCAD® is the most used architectural computer aided design program (CAD) in the home building industry. 1ST Pricing is an Autodesk® Authorized Developer.

"We've been reading plans for years, but no technology has ever been able to take full advantage of the information contained in the architect's computer," said Douglas Lopez, President and Founder of 1ST Pricing, Inc. "Now this $3.9 trillion industry has a search engine that takes a set of plans, hits a retailer database, and returns multiple brands and real prices in one simple mouse click."

Building information modeling (BIM) is a revolutionary tool in the architectural CAD industry but it isn't taken to its logical conclusion - pricing and fulfillment. When an architect designs a set of plans, traditional BIM-enabled CAD software captures the details of various objects in the plans such as a windows and doors. 1ST Pricing's software not only captures the information, but also provides real-time, comparative, zip-code-based pricing for each item and, ultimately, creates an electronic bill of materials that saves time and money while greatly reducing error.

In addition to assisting architects and other plan designers build and price a bill of materials, the detailed materials are reviewable online for everyone involved in the building process. The contractor or homeowner can actually select and order the product online and have it delivered directly to the jobsite.

"Our goal is to simplify the process of building a home," says Lopez. "The 1ST Pricing technology brings order and precision to a chaotic process and is an incredible time-saver for architects, contractors and homeowners. A process that used to involve multiple parties and take several weeks with dozens of wasted man-hours can now be completed with a couple clicks of a mouse."

Having already completed AutoCAD® versions 2002, 2004 & 2005, Architectural Desktop™ 2002 & 2004, Autodesk Map® 5, 6 & 3D, and IMSI's TurboCAD Standard and Pro, 1ST Pricing has begun scheduling the release of additional new plug-ins for other CAD applications to begin later this year.

Press contact: Greg Guss
(805) 660-4755 

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