In April, the world watched as the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was consumed by fire. Considering that the cathedral is one of the most prominent pieces of remaining Gothic architecture, it was fortunate that most of the building was saved thanks to the heroic actions of firefighters. However, now, it is time to restore the building to its former glory with the help of craftsmen, builders and architects.
With billions of euros pouring in to rebuild the Cathedral, its restoration is reminiscent of Windsor Castle. So far, a large focus of the rebuild has been on the technology available to assist with the rebuild efforts. As such, less emphasis has been placed on estimating and enterprise management software which play a considerable role.
With a project as complex and intricate as the Notre Dame the importance of cost control cannot be overlooked. Ultimately, cost control will play a role in the entire project from the tender submission to project handover. Enterprise solutions will give the companies insight into budgets and costs they need to succeed in the reconstruction effort.
Estimating and enterprise management software will enable a company bidding for Notre Dame work to accurately estimate costs. With high-level pricing or First Principle Resource-Based Estimating, the software enables project resources and costs to be depicted accurately from feasibility through project execution, to project completion.
As with any project, budget and time play a pivotal role in determining the project’s success. With appropriate enterprise solution in place, clarity in terms of spending, subcontractor performance, potential problem areas and other key information, enable companies to take timely corrective action where necessary.
By having access to specialist software, companies are able to have a competitive advantage at all stages of the construction process.
Evidently, Notre Dame promises to be a fascinating showcase for modern technologies and techniques available to the construction industry. Some examples of the technologies available to assist in reconstruction include building information modelling (BIM), 3D printing, 3D laser-scanning, drones and robots.
Although it took nearly a century to originally complete the cathedral, the cathedral will be quickly be rebuilt. Currently, French President, Emmanuel Macron, aims to rebuild the site in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. With significant digital technology assisting in the reconstruction process, the legacy of the Notre Dame will continue for centuries.