At Windover Construction, Amr Raafat is well known for using technology to connect the dots in the construction planning process. Last month, the vice president of VDC and technology for the New England-based firm received global recognition for his efforts. Raafat was named Innovator of the Year in the Autodesk AEC Excellence awards for his use of BIM, drones and virtual reality (VR) to smooth construction workflows. Usually when drones are used in the industry, it’s to record photos or video of jobsites for inspections. Taking this idea a step further, Raafat developed an in-house platform that uses drone images and ground survey points to establish a 3D model of jobsites and embed them into the BIM workflow.