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NCI Building Systems

Design++ Solution Boosts Productivity, Shortens Design Cycles

To achieve the shortest possible engineering and design cycle times, NCI Building Systems (NCI), a metal building supplier, uses a rule-based technology supplied by Design Power to automate large parts of its engineering and detailing processes. The solution, built on Design Power's Design++ platform, was originally developed by Robertson-Ceco Corporation (RCC), which was acquired by NCI in April 2006, and is currently expanded to include NCI's products. At the time of the acquisition, RCC used their systems to engineer and detail approximately 7,000 buildings of all complexities annually. Combined, the companies can potentially process approximately 15,000 buildings per year using the solution.

The benefits have been significant, with a direct impact on the bottom line. Since implementing the Design++ based system, RCC saw record increases in productivity, sales wins, high-margin products, and a decrease in warranty claims, results that NCI hopes to replicate as indicated in their April 2006 acquisition Webcast.

"Our goal was not simply to make engineering and drafting more efficient. We wanted to take what our engineers and detailers knew, use it consistently across all building complexities and meet customers' demanding project timelines."

-Eric J. Brown, Executive VP and CIO

NCI Building Systems uses Design++ to engineer and detail over 7000 buildings annually.

"Design++ has been a tremendous asset to our company and our automation of engineering and drafting. It has allowed us to do things no other system would have allowed and with a very small development team."

-Robert Carr, VP, Technical Services

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