The great development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in recent years, especially network-based and cloud-based technologies, has led to a significant increase in efficiency of Building Information Modeling (BIM) platforms, which motivated a radical change in the management of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) companies through the implementation of collaborative working environments. However, the methodology for implementing all the involved concepts has a direct influence on the results in terms of quality of AEC projects and of efficiency in their development process. This paper focuses on the similarities and differences between two collaborative arrangements for the adoption of BIM in AEC projects, with a view to choosing best practices for civil construction works management and inspection offices in the context of public works in the Brazilian federal government. The first arrangement uses software from the same developer and proprietary formats, while the second uses software from different developers and formats suitable for interoperability between them. Based on the results, the study points out the limitations, advantages and disadvantages of using the two arrangements, indicating research perspectives for industry and academia.