Author: Karina Lykke Lumholt

Zero-emission or low-emission operation is one of the main development goals in the construction industry today.

Many European cities are working towards lowering emissions on construction sites with the aim of improving the overall carbon footprint from the construction industry, advancing the quality of life in the cities, ensuring a safe and pleasant work environment for the workers, and significantly decreasing operating costs.

In 2020, the city of Oslo in Norway has for example set up a goal to lower CO2 emissions by 95 % and to reduce fossil fuel use completely by 2030. One of the initiatives has been taken to replace diesel-driven machines with electrical vehicles.

Makin’s main contribution to the industries goes through our technology

As a supplier of machine control and project control solutions to the construction industry, an increasing number of Makin systems are now being installed on electrical excavators. Recently, a Makin’s 3D system was installed on the first electrical Volvo ECR335 El delivered to the Norwegian company Stangeland Maskin as a replacement for an older machine control system.

Makin' 3D system installed on the first fully electrical Volvo ECR 355 EL owned by the company Stangeland Maskin.

Makin’ 3D system installed on the first fully electrical Volvo ECR 355 EL owned by the company Stangeland Maskin.

“We are following world trends within the construction industry, such as zero-emission construction sites with great interest,” says Sten Kristensen, CGO in Makin ApS. “We know that adding machine control to an excavator not only ensures higher accuracy and faster project completion time, but also helps contractors save CO2 emission, simply because the work is done correctly the first time, without the need for rework.”

Adding machine control to an excavator can lower the CO2 emission by at least 40 tonnes per year, and this is even a conservative figure, because other savings are made thanks to less wear and tear on the machines, less driving from the office and out to the site for traditional surveyor tasks such as stake-out and grade checks as well as less driving for support.

You can read more about how Makin’s technology contributes to CO2 savings by clicking here.

Makin installation on the first electrical Liebherr excavator in the Netherlands

The construction company Cornelisse Elst has bought the first fully battery-electric driven Liebherr A 916 Electric excavator in the Netherlands. Cornelisse Elst has been a family business for more than 50 years and is a specialized in the field of earthmoving, sewerage, demolition projects, tank remediation, liquid-tight floors, machine paving, landscaping, machine rental and transport.

Cornelisse has long been focused on emission-free earthwork, and adding Makin’ 3D machine control to the machine can further improve the efficiency and thereby the sustainability of the earthmoving work.

Electric Liebherr excavator

One of the first fully electrical Liebherr machines in the Netherlands delivered to Cornelisse Elst.

Makin’ 3D systems are fully digital and cloud-based solutions

Makin’ 3D systems are fully digital and cloud-based solutions, which means not only cost savings but also savings on the customer’s CO2-emission. Support and communication can be performed as remote support, so that a technician does not necessarily has to drive out to the site for support jobs.

“We believe that Makin in this way further contributes to supporting a more sustainable future,” says Ole Helge Aalstad, CEO at Makin.

Adding productivity saving technology such as machine control is just one of many tools to help the construction industry improve their environmental footprint.

“The future is all about handling data to improve the efficiency on the construction sites of tomorrow. This will be at the core of Makin’s future development,” concludes Ole Helge Aalstad.