to be Awarded
Building Information Model (BIM) Pricing Patent
2007: Signal Hill, Calif. – 1st Pricing, a Southern
California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, has announced
that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued
the Company a “Notice of Allowance” based on their automated
pricing technology application for Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)
programs. A “Notice of Allowance” is the immediate precursor to
the issuance of a patent where the application is approved but
not yet issued.
this patent is an important step in 1st Pricing’s plan to
streamline the building material supply chain for the entire
building industry” said Douglas Lopez, Founder of 1st Pricing.
“Imagine passing 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 and virtually eliminating errors. At
its core, it is a search engine specifically designed for CAD
that is a closed-loop supply chain solution that searches for
specified building materials originating from the architect’s
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.
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.
transforms a set of plans from an interpretive document to a
declarative statement,” adds Thomas Kemp of 1st Pricing. “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.”
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 first quarter of 2008. More platforms will be released
during 2008. 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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