Cloud-Integrated Building Information Modeling technology is now linked to ArchiCAD 15 – from 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company. The add-on seamlessly integrates BIM into the design process – automatically creating a detailed bill of materials with pricing and an online shopping cart pulling precise specifications from various Cloud sources – called “5e” by the Company. You can read the full release here.
What does the add-on mean for architects and designers? Access to real-world, commercially available products through a patented communication module. It provides line item pricing, performance ratings, even “Green” ratings. Design details and elements are available online for everyone involved in the building process. Simple one click access of the 1st Pricing technology accesses multiple external databases through an internet remote server.
Grounding Cloud Computing to Reality was covered here on our blog and in a recent article authored by Graphisoft CEO, Viktor Várkonyi. The article explores issues floating around cloud computing and provides a very clear breakdown of the four most popular approaches to cloud computing, which is not actually a specific technology – but an umbrella concept over different methods of sharing resources over computer networks.