With speed the “critical value for clients,” AEC project managers must maintain timely, efficient access to myriad project related data required in the execution of key process decisions.

With speed the “critical value for clients,” (The Next Architect, p. 67 Östberg 2006), AEC project managers must maintain timely, efficient access to myriad project related data required in the execution of key process decisions.

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Not only must this data be readily accessible, accountability requires that the trail of information, changes, notifications, etc. be maintained across project teams.

New technologies are continually being developed to address this increasingly diverse and challenging information management dilemma. With BIM adoption on the rise, the need to track and access pertinent information for all members of a project team is vital. Emerging and established information management technologies provide a range of a centralized, searchable server-based options for access to documents, messages, and materials.

Email, design documents, and other project related information can now be housed in centralized, web accessible servers across platforms, providing requisite access to the tools for timely decision making. A holistic “process oriented” approach to information management is eliminating much of the time wasted searching for critical files, improving time to market, increasing productivity and equating to enhanced client and project satisfaction.