November 22, 2021

Haskell Recognized as a Pioneer in Construction Technology Adoption

Worldwide insurance carrier AXA XL singled out Haskell and two peers for their investment in technology to reduce risk and increase productivity.

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Haskell was one of three contractors recognized for pioneering risk-reducing technologies and achieving the highest scores in the 2021 Technology Adoption Maturity Index (TAMI), announced by global commercial insurer AXA XL.

TAMI is a proprietary benchmarking service to help contractors measure their tech usage against an industry index and their peers to determine optimal investment in new construction technologies.

Haskell counts among its strategic pillars the goal of optimizing intellectual capital, technology and innovation. To that end, it codified and capitalized Dysruptek, its venture arm dedicated to scouting, piloting and investing in emerging technologies, as well as capitalizing on the innovations born within its diverse employee base.

“This is a nice measure of validation for the work we've been doing at Dysruptek,” said Cutler Knupp, Haskell’s Director of Technology and Strategy Innovation. “It’s good to have independent validation that what we’re doing is making a difference, and that at Haskell, we’re not just saying we want to lead technological advancement in the industry, we’re living in it.”

Haskell tied with Boston-based national builder Suffolk for the silver honors in the inaugural TAMI, while PCL Construction, based in Edmonton, Canada, received gold honors.

AXA XL's Construction team designed the TAMI assessment to provide clients a clear picture of how they compared to industry peers and identify areas where additional technology solutions could add the most value to their operations and risk management efforts. Using TAMI, AXA XL's Construction risk engineers evaluate and score contractors on their technology use in four key areas:

  • Enterprise Software, such as solutions for accounting/ERP, document and process automation, Building Information Modeling (BIM), customer relationship management, data analytics, scheduling, bidding, estimating, subcontractor prequalification, and others.
  • Field Management, including prefabrication/offsite construction, robotics, safety management, quality management, project management, worker protection, telemedicine, supply chain management and others.
  • IoT Sensors, including worker wearables, water mitigation, fleet telematics, equipment and asset management, and others.
  • Reality Capture, including drones, laser scanning, photogrammetry, computer vision, augmented reality, virtual reality and digital twin.

Additionally, AXA XL's contractor clients are scored on overall Technology Innovation Commitment to gauge their level of dedication to technology investment, innovation, and the resources required to maximize the effectiveness of the technologies they've adopted. As the industry adoption continues to advance, customers are encouraged to repeat the TAMI each year to continuously assess their progress on their technology adoption journey against contemporaneous standards.

"Interest in new technology, especially to reduce risks and boost productivity, is picking up throughout the construction industry and companies like PCL, Suffolk and Haskell are leading the way, demonstrating to the rest of the market the power and possibilities of great tech adoption,” said Rose Hall, AXA XL Construction's Head of Innovation.

In the Haskell TAMI report, AXA XL chose and elaborated on four Areas of Excellence:

  • Project Management: Standardized Usage of Procore across the company along with use of Procore modules for both Project Management, cloud OAC collaboration, and Drawing management is great!”
  • Alternative Production: “Company focus on modular building and in-house steel fabrication is considered best-in-class!”
  • UAS (Drones): “Company Drone program is impressive. Dedicated FAA pilots and training for new pilots when warranted; great use cases in practice.”
  • Virtual Reality: “Internal use for safety training along with owner visualization is outstanding!”

“The insurance space is understanding the implications of technology and innovation as it comes to safety and quality and the impacts on the business overall,” Knupp said. “I think it's important. I'm excited to see them leaning into it and actually creating a benchmark around this.”

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Haskell delivers more than $1 billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 1,800 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.

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