Building Information Modeling
A key parameter of the BIM method is the ability for every team member to use its own specialized software to produce the design deliverables, and to share information with other team members. This way there is a significant reduction in the overall time needed for the design process, vis-a-vis an elimination of inconsistencies between design disciplines.
Furthermore, the shared model can be accessed by the design team members, as well as all other stakeholders in the project (Owner, Manager, Contractor) using software freely available on the internet.
Using the BIM method, the entire life-span of a building can be managed by many different participants using different software that communicate using a common language and relying on the shared model.
Office work and methods on BIM are presented as «a case study» on the book Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling by Erica Epstein Architect Editor ARTECH HOUSE BOSTON/LONDON page 155.