DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND
200 STOVALL STREET
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22332-2300
OCT 15 1987
Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
ENGINEERING AND DESIGN CRITERIA AT YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER
--ANNOUNCING THE CCB
(1) Detailed CCB system and subscription information
1. A truly user-friendly, micro-computer based engineering criteria data base
which includes a powerful construction "spec-builder," is being implemented.
An idea conceived at NAVFAC and implemented by the National Institute of
Building Sciences (NIBS)--the Construction Criteria Base is now available to
all activities. Enclosure (1) provides a detailed explanation of the system
and complete ordering instructions.
2. The Construction Criteria Base--or CCB as it is known--is a fully-indexed,
mass-produced package of criteria `libraries,' on Compact Disc Bead-Only-Memory
(CD-ROM) which is micro-computer readable and can hold up to 250,000 pages of
data (the equivalent of 1,500 floppy diskettes). All data is stored full-text
in ASCII code--graphics will be provided on paper until the April 1988 issue.
Currently., CCB contains NAVFAC, Corps of Engineers. and National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) guide specifications--about 50,000 pages of
information. The CCB is continually being improved and expanded and will
ultimately contain all Federal Government construction criteria and perhaps,
non-Government voluntary standards and other construction industry data bases.
3. To take advantage of this systemyou need an IBM personal computer or close
compatible with 512k Minimum Random Access Memory; a hard disk of 20 megabytes
minimum with 5 megabytes free on C: drive: Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) and
EGA monitor: a CD-ROM player and an open expansion board slot for installation
of the CD-ROM card. The required software is MS-DOS or PC-DOS version 3.0 or
greater: microsoft HighSierra Extensions to DOS; Volkswriter 3 and SuperKey (if
SPECSINTACT is used).
4. The current user-friendly system menu includes the following:
o Search Data Bases: Full-text search and retrieval allowing searching
of' data bases for words or groups of words, with the appropriate full text
display in a few seconds.
o Move Files: View files in the data base, tag them, and p&form copies of
the files to hard disk or floppy diskettes.