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CONSTRUCTION CRITERIA BASE (CCB)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BUILDING SCIENCES
A HIGH-POWERED BUILDING CRITERIA LIBRARY ON A SINGLE LASER DISC: Today, CCB
consists of the full electronic text of the guide specifications of three
Federal construction agencies. That is about 25,000 pages of information on
o n e plastic disc. U s i n g C C B s o f t w a r e i t i s p o s s i b l e t o t h i s i n f o r m a -
tion properly coded for most popular word processors.  What's more, besides
t h e traditional formats for these guide specifications, CCB also is testing
out a  new format  that for the first times makes it possible to interchange
g u i d e specifications among agencies and also provides a  host of advanced
s p e c i f i c a t i o n s processing features. And this is just the start.
CCB will expand substantially in content in coring months. Additional Fed-
eral agencies are expected to begin participation in CCB. Soon, CCB coverage
o f criteria will expand beyond guide specifications to include other docu-
ments such as technical manuals.
C C B is more than just a high density disc for disseminating data f'iles.
Already, it provides a variety of features such as super fast full text
s e a r c h and retrieval that normally can only  be performed on a mainframe
computer system. CCB is something that has to be seen to he believed.
C C B utilizes Compact-Disc, Read-Only-Memory (CD-ROM) laser discs read by a
Each disc can hold the
special player unit attached to your  computer.
e q u i v a l e n t of 250,000 pages of information or 1,500 floppy diskettes. No
No keeping track of
complicated telephone hook-ups or hourly usage costs.
hundreds of floppy diskettes that can be erased by mistake.
Full text is
NAVFAC, CORPS OF ENGINEERS,  AND NASA GUIDE SPECIFICATIONS:
provided. directly accessible to IBM-compatible personal computers. Graphic
In coning
m a t e r i a l from the guide specifications is provided in a binder.
months the graphics will be on screen_-- complete with zoom capability:
QUARTERLY UPDATE :  Each quarter, subscribers receive a CD-ROM disc contain-
ing the fully updated and indexed CCB data base.
FULL-TEXT SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL:  Most word processors have a search routine
Searching a
that lets the user search through text for any word or phrase.
data base  the site of CCB this way would take days.  CCB makes it possible
to search any CCB data base for any word. or group of words in about 5 sec-
onds.  CCB provides a listing of the titles of documents with matches. Then
the user can see the full text on screen, copy retrieved documents to com-
puter disk, or print them.
CCB Introduction - Page 1





 


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