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Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC - Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL, US

Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC

Expert in construction management | Florida Gulf Coast University


Craig Capano specializes in construction issues, specifically management, education and technology.





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Craig Capano is founding chair of the Department of Construction Management at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a Certified Professional Constructor and Licensed General Contractor (North Carolina) with extensive construction experience on unique and challenging projects. Capano has also been involved with professional construction education as faculty, program coordinator, program head and interim dean.

Areas of Expertise (12)

Construction Education

Construction Management

Construction Technologies



Project Management

Construction Controls

Construction Equipment

Economics of Construction

Construction Issues

Virtual Design Construction (VDC)


Accomplishments (2)

National Outstanding Educator Award (professional)

American Institute of Constructors 2008

National Outstanding Educator Award (professional)

Associated General Contractors of America 2003

Education (4)

Marquette University: Ph.D., Civil Engineering 2006

Dissertation Title: Construction Operations Analysis for Development of Historical Cost Databases

Clemson University: M.S., Construction Science and Management 1994

Wentworth Institute of Technology: B.S., Construction Management 1993

Wentworth Institute of Technology: A.S., Architectural Engineering Technology 1983

Affiliations (5)

  • American Council for Construction Education : Board Member
  • Associated General Contractors of America : Education and Research Foundation Board Member
  • American Institute of Constructors : Member
  • Associated Schools of Construction : Member
  • National Institute of Building Science : Member

Selected Media Appearances (3)

Industry helps build foundation for new engineering program

FGCU 360 magazine  online


Dr. Capano discusses the creation of the construction management program at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Project helps students build experience

Asheville Citizen-Times  print


Dr. Capano discusses the importance of professional consultation in his classes.

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WCU prof heads to China

Asheville Citizen-Times  print


Dr. Capano presents on construction management best practices to audiences in China.

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Selected Event Appearances (3)

Construction Management and ASCE’s 2025 Vision

Associated Schools of Construction International Business Meeting  Omaha, Nebraska


Project Management Software - Application Basics

Construction Exposition (CONEXPO-CON/AGC)  Las Vegas, Nevada


Workforce Issues and Management in Construction

CONEXPO Asia  Beijing, China


Selected Research Grants (4)

Development of Workforce Development Programs for Mississippi Contractors

Mississippi Contractors Education Fund $85,000


Integrating Microsoft’s HoloLens in a Collaborative Class

Microsoft Foundation $154,000


Establishment of a Mock Construction Site Laboratory

Shawmut Construction, Aggregate Industries, and Cement Finishers Local #535 $120,000


Updating Construction Surveying Laboratory

B.L. Makepeace Inc. and Carlson Software $100,000


Businesses (1)

The Capano Group

Dr. Capano started this consulting firm to support construction education.

Selected Articles (3)

Building a Virtual Reality Viewing Device Using 3D Printing

51st ASC Annual International Conference Proceedings

Capano, C. & Gheirshi, M.

2015 The use of Virtual Reality technology in the A/E/C industry is growing quickly. Walkthroughs of these models can be accomplished in 2D quite easily using current technology. However performing a virtual walkthrough in a 3D interactive environment requires some additional costly equipment. The ability to quickly acquire technology inexpensively would enable greater use of collaborative virtual reality tools for design and construction. The growth of 3D printing technology coupled with inexpensive Head Mounted Displays (HDMs) may be a way to expand the use of visualization for field applications. This paper discusses the growth of Virtual Reality in the construction environment and explores a way to develop inexpensive tools for viewing building models using both HMDs and 3D printing.

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Development of a Single Source Digital Repository for Construction Company Procurement Operations Data

Canadian Society of Civil Engineering’s Annual Conference

Capano, C. & Karshenas, S.

2008 Construction companies generate a tremendous amount of data needed for operation. Most companies still record and communicate project data using pen and paper. This has resulted in considerable inefficiencies in various management and control processes. How companies collect their operation data is not a standardized practice. The disparate form of data collection and storage has led to multiple entry and storage of the same data, lack of timely access to business information for decision making and practically inaccessible historical project data. Project data must be collected and archived effectively if it is to be used successfully for business functions. One of these functions, resource procurement, is critical to the timely completion of any project. The data generated must be effectively exchanged throughout the organization. This paper will present an overview of a detailed study of a specific construction company's procurement systems for materials, equipment and subcontracted work. The study included a complete procurement dataflow analysis and the documents used by that company for managing its procurement operations. The results were used to develop an information structure for storing procurement operations data for fast access by various business units and business applications. This provides a central digital repository for procurement data, eliminates multiple entries of the same data, and provides easy access to various views of business data. The paper will present the use cases descriptions developed for a construction company's procurement system. Class structures and database schema for storage, access and manipulation of procurement data was then developed from these models.

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Construction operations analysis for development of historical cost databases


Craig Capano

2007 Construction companies are vast silos of information and data. The companies utilize this data for a host of processes within their organization. The ability to share this data and efficiently query across the variety of data formats and software platforms is still a complex problem that many construction companies are trying to unravel. The data can be in paper or digital forms. There is a tremendous amount of data that is accumulated and stored in the typical business enterprise of all construction companies. Estimates, construction schedules, marketing information, human resources, managerial decision-making, and a host of other functions rely on the accurate exchange of data for planning and forecasting business functions. The problem that exists is that much of this data is stored in multiple places in various formats and cannot be accessed easily when needed. This leaves a tremendous amount of information duplication and manual re-entry. It also limits the ability to query the information for use in decision analysis and forecasting. Construction operations is a key business function for any construction company and is central to completion of projects. An analysis of this function was performed for the purpose of identifying the data generated and development of data models for manipulation and storage of field data used in the process of estimating. A critical business process for a construction company is estimating. Estimating relies on experience and knowledge of past practices. The understanding and definition of the data required to produce estimates is important. This research will also explore the requirements for the estimating process and data collection and will examine how this data should be efficiently structured in a historical cost database to improve access, minimize paper forms, and be available for future estimating purposes.

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