The 'M' in Management

Building Information Management

The official meaning of BIM is the acronym for Building Information Modeling. However, for us and other industry specialists, this term nowadays doesn’t accurately reflect what BIM has evolved into as a discipline. Especially since the publication of ISO 19650, which solidifies the idea that BIM is a methodology oriented towards digital information management. This information, obviously, needs to be created, meaning modeled, but above all, it needs to be managed correctly. That’s why at Coloma+Armengol, we have decided to stop referring to Building Information Modeling and instead start talking about Building Information Management to describe this methodology, which consists of using a shared digital representation of an asset to facilitate design, construction, and operation processes, and provide a reliable basis for decision-making.

As you can see, the acronym remains unchanged, but this change helps to convey more accurately the scope and meaning that BIM currently holds. We will only talk about Building Information Modelling when referring to everything related to the creation of Building Information Models.

Bibliographic references

As you can see in this graph, the number of publications in scientific journals mentioning the term ‘Building Information Management’ has continued to grow in recent years.


Here are some examples:

FAZLI, A., FATHI, S., ENFERADI, M.H., FAZLI, M. y FATHI, B., 2014. Appraising Effectiveness of Building Information Management (BIM) in Project Management. Procedia Technology, vol. 16, ISSN 2212-0173. DOI

KOCAKAYA, M.N., NAMLI, E. y IŞIKDAĞ, Ü., 2019. Building Information Management (BIM), A New Approach to Project Management. Journal of Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, vol. 4, no. 1,

LIU, Z., CHI, Z., OSMANI, M. y DEMIAN, P., 2021. Blockchain and Building Information Management (BIM) for Sustainable Building Development within the Context of Smart Cities. Sustainability [en línea], vol. 13, no. 4, ISSN 2071-1050. DOI 10.3390/su13042090. Disponible en:

MCARTHUR, J.J., 2015. A Building Information Management (BIM) Framework and Supporting Case Study for Existing Building Operations, Maintenance and Sustainability. Procedia Engineering, vol. 118, ISSN 1877-7058. DOI