Imagine if a designer could show a homeowner a particular rendering of what their kitchen can look like with different lighting scenarios and then each piece that makes up this rendering is put onto a plan and the supplier can pull up the bill of materials to sell to the installer. This is a brand new design service offering from Aterra Designs that combines virtual panoramic renderings of a given space with data embedded objects that can be dropped onto a plan. The software has an API (application programming interface) that translates the objects data into a specific part number for a bill of materials as well as retail and trade pricing. This type of design service and software replaces the typical paper-based manual process that most design centers use today. The end result is a reduction of build-out cycle times and field errors for homebuilders, as well as parts procurement efficiencies for contractors and suppliers.
“Sharing data with the supply chain is critical in construction. With Home Technologies Virtual Design from Aterra Designs, builders can combine virtual renderings with data embedded objects that can be dropped onto a plan.” -Constructech editors