US-based Windover Construction, a construction-management firm with a focus on innovation, has appointed Amr Raafat to the role of chief innovation officer.
Windover says Amr, who joined in 2017 as director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), has helped to propel the use of technology in construction and position Windover as a key player in the industry.
In 2021, Amr helped launch Innovations for Design, Engineering, and Automation (IDEA), a platform that optimises the use of Windover’s BIM, digital prefabrication, drones, robotics, AR/VR, and reality capture capabilities in a bid to mitigate risk and increase efficiencies.
Windover president and CEO Stuart Meurer said: “We recognise that innovation is the implementation of solutions that challenge the status quo, push boundaries, and achieve growth.
“We know that it is more than just providing new technology – it is a mindset of how we think.”
Amr earned global recognition in 2019 as Autodesk’s Innovator of the Year for his advancement of the industry through novel integration of applications to provide impactful solutions.
Windover says his vision has led to partnerships with companies around the world that have produced “unprecedented solutions and created real value” in the industry.
Meurer said: “Since Amr joined Windover, we have continued to grow our VDC capabilities, and it has been amazing to see the transformation in how we build and how that has impacted our industry.
“This transformational growth has been exciting to watch, and Amr has been an integral part of it and influencing our culture of innovation.”
Windover recently collaborated with Autodesk, New Zealand-based cold-form steel machinery company Howick Ltd, and Canadian software company StrucSoft to develop an adaptive industrial construction technique that fabricates telescopic panels from a digital model.
These panels were then installed in the historic renovation of the Cabot Street YMCA in Beverly, MA, where they were adapted to fit the unique dimensions of the space.
Image: Amr Raafat, chief innovation officer, Windover Construction. Credit: Windover Construction
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