Project management information systems (PMIS) are socio-technical systems comprising people, organizational systems (processes and organizational structures) and an information technology infrastructure to ensure the effective flow of information. PMIS seek to provide all project stakeholders with the information necessary to undertake their tasks. These systems have changed considerably over the last decade. They no longer focus on scheduling and resource management alone. Instead, they have become comprehensive systems that support the entire project lifecycle. These improved systems have raised several difficulties in the development process which arise from the character of the information itself. Therefore, information models play an important role in the development of information systems, especially in the analysis, design and deployment phases. Reference models are one approach to accelerate the development of enterprise-specific models and provide companies and researchers with an initial solution for the design of organisation systems and mobile applications in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. An understanding of project management information system reference models is critical to improving the quality of computerised system development in the AEC sector. This paper will review and compare the available information system models which are applicable to construction project and programme management. These reference models will provide guidelines for developing a computerised system for construction projects and programmes. The model can also be used for the design of project management software and the setting-up of the surrounding organizational system, as well as to decide on the software requirements that are essential to select a commercial project and programme management software system. Thus, these reference models are important to assist a stakeholder in selecting the right project management system.