The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and Woolpert were recently awarded Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 2017 Esri User Conference in San Diego. The team was among 180 selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates worldwide for its U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Suite Transition Selection Application project.

Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president, says the SAG awards provide a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding achievements of Esri’s users. "The Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes exemplary organizations implementing spatial analytics technology to change the world,” he said. “Highlighting the good work of users — in industries ranging from commerce to government — benefits the entire GIS community, and that's very valuable."

The AOC partnered with Woolpert to create the House Moves app, a desktop and mobile application that facilitates the lottery for the U.S. House of Representatives new office space selection for the members' two-year term. The tool visually represents the floorplan of each available suite, mapping it in proximity to amenities such as courtyards, cafeterias and elevators. Because only one member can select their suite at a time, the tool also enables multiple members to monitor their status in the selection queue, and to see which suites have already been selected. The Suite Selection Tool makes the suite selection process transparent and streamlined, especially compared to the hand drawings and boards utilized in years past.

Woolpert Geospatial Specialist Chris Hsia provided the on-site support for the House’s weeklong transition, while Woolpert’s Juliana Castillo and Bryan de Jesus contributed to the development of the application.

“I feel both honored and grateful that I could be a small part, in my opinion, in helping Woolpert gain recognition from Esri for the many in our organization who strive to provide outstanding service to our clients,” Hsia said.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that strategically blends engineering with technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually works with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. For more than 100 years and with 24 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. armed forces. 

About AOC

The Architect of the Capitol serves Congress and the Supreme Court, preserves the iconic buildings and grounds of the Capitol campus and inspires memorable experiences for visitors of all ages. The employees of the AOC are an exceptional team, acclaimed for superior service, recognized as trusted stewards and renowned for enriching people’s lives. The AOC cares for more than 17.4 million square feet of facilities, 570 acres of grounds and thousands of works of art. More than 2,100 AOC employees work quietly and effectively behind the scenes day and night to provide Congress and the Supreme Court with facilities and infrastructure to conduct its business. Our employees serve in diverse roles applying both modern techniques and historical tradecrafts in the care and preservation of the Capitol campus.