Building at the Speed of Innovation with BIM, Automation and Adaptive Prefabrication

By Amr Raafat, Vice President of VDC & Technology, Windover Construction

Amr Raafat, VP of VDC & Technology, Windover Construction
Amr Raafat, VP of VDC & Technology, Windover Construction
A breakthrough in Industrialized Construction:
Tradition meets innovation at many of windover construction projects, while laser scans and drone mapping combined with BIM data are instrumental in supporting informed decisions during design and construction; Digital prefabrication has become an essential part of how we approach existing building renovations. To mitigate risk in existing building renovations regular QA/QC overlays between existing site laser scans and 3d design models communicated in real-time with design teams always help detect conflicts early in the process.
Windover utilized telescopic studs technology for an existing 100 year old building with various ceiling heights, a leading-edge unprecedented approach by Howick allowing the digital prefabrication of cold formed steel of telescopic studs directly from Autodesk Revit models. These telescopic studs are a prime example of adaptive industrialized construction. Offering clients substantial cost and time savings on fast-track fit out and renovation projects. The flexibility of adjusting the studs onsite redefine what is possible to expedite schedules, avoid costly delays and enable construction teams to work with any existing buildings with no surprises onsite.
Offering Real-time solutions:
Windover recently launched Innovations for Design, Engineering and Automation ™ (IDEA) platform, optimizing the use of BIM, digital prefabrication, 4D planning, drones, robotics, MR/VR and reality capture to mitigate risks, increase efficiencies and bring our clients’ vision to life., extending leading-edge technology services to Architectural, engineering and construction firms nationally. IDEA is offering real-time creative solutions to help move the industry forward through QA/QC, mitigating risk, streamline decision making and expedite project schedules towards certainty of outcome.
Industrialized Construction and Mixed Reality
IDEA is Unifying BIM data with manufacturing technologies, transforming the level of effectiveness in the way we plan and execute projects. It is not only how we collect, draw, and analyze the data, more importantly is how we have been taking the data to the level of making and production. Windover recently digitally prefabricated nearly a thousand roof trusses at the Cape Ann YMCA’s new facility in Gloucester, MA. By combining the BIM data, digital fabrication and mixed reality, the trusses were fabricated off-site in record time by first using the Autodesk Revit data and then using the Fologram mixed reality assembly technology to efficiently assemble building trusses on-site.
The innovative Fologram technology helped visually guide the field team to assemble the trusses without looking away from the task in hand, which is making the process safer and faster in three days versus the seven days using traditional methods. This is an important evolution in the way we build. Mixed reality for years has been utilized for visualization on how we would build and how buildings will look on jobsites before construction starts. Today, IDEA is using mixed reality in a way that directly assists in the building and making of building components. These advancements provide more than 70% time and cost savings by drastically reducing the on-site assembly and installation time.
Putting Robots to work right now on jobsites.
Robotics has been instrumental in saving time and increasing efficiencies on Windover jobsite, Windover utilized the robot Oliver an autonomous laser scanning and utilities/walls layout, a collaboration between Windover and NeXtera Robotics. The robot is able to layout utilities and walls directly from BIM data 10X faster than traditional methods. Bridging the gap between information-rich models and field operations. As well as performing autonomous laser scans eliminating the tedious work for BIM team to perform laser scans in person and supporting safety in environmental hazard areas.
BIM-Based solutions for Modular and offsite construction
Windover Construction recently took on a modular prefabrication projects for several academic clients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to build temporary dorms so students at could return safely. With drone fast-track Building Information Modeling (BIM) reality capture, the Windover VDC team streamlined the decision-making process and schedule. During the first few hours onsite detailed site topography data were captures accurately allowing to embed the collected data into the BIM workflow quickly, creating 3d models. Windover’s VDC team then utilized Autodesk software BIM workflow to help in the BIM-MEP Coordination of the modular boxes, 4D planning animations to expedite onsite construction coordination, unit layout and underground utilities planning.
Innovative solutions for Life Science and Healthcare Construction:
Evolving and adapting to life science facilities to keep pace with the brilliant innovation occurring within its walls is mission critical. But what happens if organizations are challenged by lack of time, resources, and capital to dedicate to this purpose? The road to innovation does not have to stop there. With today’s emerging construction technologies—Building Information Modeling (BIM), Reality Capture, Digital Fabrication, and Robotics—the design, construction, and maintenance of your life science facilities is made easier than ever. Construction technologies like these are optimizing facility management and paving the way for even greater life science innovation. Recently IDEA’s solutions helped make facility management a more collaborative, economical, and efficient process. For example, laser scanning has been leveraged during different phases of a construction project to enable QA/QC processes and a user-friendly facilities maintenance asset for the future of their facility as well as meeting fast track construction projects through Building at the speed of Innovation.