BIM is a collaborative approach to project delivery that integrates project participants in a single shared project database, where key information required for making decisions about the facility being built is found and continually updated.
This methodology is enabled by technology through BIM-supporting software. It is based on the work processes of the people involved in the project, with recognition of the industry procedures and government regulations that govern the construction industry.
Information management – shifts the focus back to the people and their processes of generating, collecting, storing, retrieving, disseminating, and sharing data and information about the proposed facility.
Information optimization helps us recognise the need for making the best and most effective uses of this project’s information (the right information to help make project-based decisions).
Project participants must be aware of the decision-supporting information requirements of others and produce and share the right information, at the right time, in the right file formats, and with the right details to help them make decisions faster and execute the project efficiently.
The underpinning technology and associated software are just enablers due to their automation capabilities.