A building information model (BIM) is just one component of the jigsaw puzzle of high quality information management to control the life cycle processes around building structures. A BIM in itself is not sufficient to solve adequately the ICT support shortcomings of the building production chain. The BIM should be embedded in a formal description of all needed exchange requirements. The ISO/buildingSMART standard Information Delivery Manual (IDM) is a perfect point of departure for such a formal interaction framework. In addition, the significance of (standard) object type libraries is still seriously underestimated. Real interoperability can only be established with a BIM that maintains strong links to one or more object libraries. This paper discusses how the interaction frameworks, object libraries and the building information model are related and demonstrate the way this approach is applied to introduce BIM in an actual highway design/ build/maintenance project in the Netherlands.