SAN DIEGO — The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and Woolpert were awarded Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on Wednesday 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.

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, recognizes the innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization and thought leadership through geographic information system (GIS) technology at its annual conference.

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 wipe 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.

Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president, said 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,” Dangermond said. “Highlighting the good work of users—in industries ranging from commerce to government—benefits the entire GIS community, and that’s very valuable.”

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.

About Woolpert
Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that delivers value to clients by strategically blending engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners like Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. Woolpert’s mission is to help its clients progress—and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 26 offices across the United States, Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the United States Armed Forces. The firm currently is doing business in all 50 states and in six countries. For more information, visit or call 937-531-1258.

About Esri
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at

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