the ability of two or more systems* to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged. definition adapted from the one contained in ‘ISO/TS 27790:2009, Health informatics— Document registry framework by BIM Interoperability Expert Group (BIEG) *interoperability is referenced in terms of systems that are employed to implement the UK BIM Framework. […]


in relation to data and information – also linked to interoperability means that it is provided or made available in a format that can be accessed and used withoutrecourse to the software that generated it. Openness is the opposite of proprietary, whereinformation and data are in the generating software’s native format and may or may […]

open interoperability

the meaning and benefits: single procurement of information that can be relied upon over time, removing the need for it to be repeatedly re-procured; a ‘Golden Thread’ of information to provide statutory information in order to improve compliance, health and safety and zerocarbon targets; faster, more efficient and reliable decision making using reliable information; efficient […]

BIM collaboration format (BCF)

BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is an open file format that allows the addition of textual comments, screenshots, and other information on top of the IFC model layer for improved communication among coordinating parties. It decouples communication from the model itself.

Information Interoperability

Information overload What makes construction management so challenging is the sheer amount of information available, the volume of the data means that we are often not able to extract or analyse the information quickly to make good project management decisions. The difficulty is not only the volume but also the format of the information. While […]