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Cornerstone Building Brands (formerly NCI Building Systems)

Design++® Solution Boosts Productivity, Shortens Design Cycles

To achieve the shortest possible engineering and design cycle times, Cornerstone Building Brands, 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 Building Systems (NCI) in April 2006, and is now part of Cornerstone. 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.

"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

Cornerstone Building Brands 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."

"Instead of taking six months to detail a building, we are able to detail it in a couple of days, and do it much more accurately and with a lot less human error."

"It has allowed us to double sales while increasing the drafting staff only 20 percent."

- Robert Carr, VP, Technical Services

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