How Digital Tech And Renewables Are Changing Construction

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Look around you. It's safe to say everyone's working harder than ever before.

We have no choice than to look to digital technology to save time and money - alongside existing technologies, of course - to get the job done, and get it done efficiently.

That's why small, medium and large size businesses are now looking at renewable energy and environmentally sustainable solutions, including construction and building equipment hire services.

This article is brought to you by Coates Hire, working to change the face of construction in Australia.

Customers are able to hire with much more confidence, thanks to local hire specialists supplying the best of the best. Not only do they offer top-line machinery, vehicles and workplace equipment, they also ensure all goods are regularly cleaned and checked. How's that for service?

To make it even easier, digital technology has made it possible for customers to reserve their construction equipment online or over the phone - given that we're always on them anyway.

It makes the whole process of hiring building and construction gear more cost-effective, saving on purchasing costs, maintenance costs and storage costs (not to mention dramatically reducing your carbon footprint).

So how are hire specialists making it easier?


Construction technology

Digital technology is instrumental in optimising systems all-round, reducing complexities and enhancing productivity in the workplace, meaning you can get a stack more done.

The types of technologies that make this difference assist with design specifications, improve collaboration and simplify partnership strategies. This is everything from 3D printing to robotics, and even the use of drones for geolocation work.


Hybrid systems

We're all environmentally-conscious, so the move from petrol toward electric and battery-operated equipment was a key area of technological evolution.

The best hire centres are at the forefront of that change, introducing business owners to tough and versatile equipment, such as indoor/outdoor high-reach access equipment.

If you're all about renewable energy, opting for diesel-electric hybrid knuckle booms enables an Australia-wide network of hire branches to work together to lower fuel emissions and our overall carbon footprint. Winning all round, really.

How? The diesel motor can be used to charge the battery (ultimately lowering fuel costs) while quiet electric operation of technologically improved machinery makes indoor use possible (even where noise regulations are in place and your neighbours are the fussy type).


Digital technology on the ground

Getting the job done right means getting it done accurately - it makes a huge difference in maximising productivity and profitability.

Large building and construction companies are all about this.

One way they do it is by hiring earthmoving and compaction equipment that includes grade-control technology for measuring every stage of a road-building process.

Grade control technology senses and measures layers of compacted material, from sub-base to asphalt. The results are then received for review in real time on the operator or project manager’s screen.

Can't get much more accurate than that.


How do businesses benefit?

The above are just a few examples of digital technology and renewable energy in the construction sector. Businesses are the ones who really benefit from these hire centre initiatives, with aims that include:

  • Using a transport management system to reduce emissions and improve efficiency.
  • Increasing the use of renewable energy in the construction industry.
  • Reducing reliance on carbon-intensive building materials.
  • Supporting sustainability through planning, measurement and performance.

As a serious player for helping Australia reach 2030 emissions reduction targets, equipment hire experts are helping to make the change possible.


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