Tuesday 22 October 2013

The original NBS Specification Manager promotional video

Rewind back to Autumn 1990...

...the first bit of construction software written for the UK market on Microsoft Windows 3.0* was released. BDS Software part of Newcastle University and owned by Professor Steve Lockley wrote NBS Specification Manager for NBS Services... and that is the reason the NBS Research and Development team is here today. Some screenshots and a retro video below...
The famous Specification Manager juggler splash screen
A drawing board - not a computer in sight!
Who needs t'interweb when you can have thousands of books on book shelves across the office?
Good old "F30" used for years in NBS demo videos
Accompanied by a suitably futuristic purple light is... a computer!
Write your spec to the left - guidance and standards to the right - what's changed?
Manufacturer information from Celotex
(23 years later, still a valued customer of ours and now taking National BIM Library)
Export the data to COBie? I don't think so - printer paper with holes in will do
Watch the video below...

For more memories on our dedicated '40 years of NBS' page see:

Also, anyone want to guess the architectural practice? Add your comments below.

* Prof Lockley promises me that this was the case.


  1. I am pretty sure this is Faulkner Browns offices as I recognise the ceiling! Do I win a prize?

  2. Can you please let me know Is it available in other country ?

  3. Jack,

    The content is currently to British and Irish building standards. So it is currently only suitable in countries that design and build to these codes of practice.


    1. Hi Jack,

      Thanks for replying me.

      You are doing an excellent job.