3D Imaging Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Curator Division, Photography Branch. The selectee will provide 3D imaging products based on scanning, 2D or other light-based (photo) imaging, relating to architecture, construction and historic preservation, as well as education, training and communications for the Capitol Hill complex.

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The 3D Imaging Specialist will document construction and renovation projects, art, architecture and other cultural heritage assets, and create previsualizations to assist in project planning and execution, in order to provide a chronological historical and legal documentation for a range of uses by the Architect, his staff and the Congress. Will work with Photo Branch photographers, operate 3D imaging scanners, process raw 3D data files, and transmit 3D imaging products electronically.

Major Duties

Image Data Processing
  • Uses professional digital scanning, photogrammetry and editing software to produce, process and analyze point cloud data, register, clean, correct, model and modify images for the architectural record, active projects, simulations, education and communications. Analyzes and optimizes images with local changes or measurements, geometric manipulation or image alterations. Builds scripts in software for automating image processing and data analysis or capture.
  • Prepares finished 3D imagery for distribution to a variety of business interests, including architecture, project visualization, historic preservation, building information management and historic BIM, digital preservation documentation and reproduction; manages versions of digital image files with the advice and guidance of the Photography Archivist in accordance with established archival procedures.
  • Uses electronic digital asset management system to caption and catalog new image products, to retrieve scans and to manage a permanent digital archive of "born" digital image records. Uses professional industry standard software to produce edited packages; outputs include interactive 3D images, data layers for H/BIM, time-lapse and other animations and virtual tours.
  • Prepares digital imagery for delivery into a wide range of workflows, including publication in various screen formats and for web and electronic presentations. Independently performs 3D processing, registration, point cloud analysis, modeling and output delivery.
  • Uses computers to edit, retouch and manipulate 3D imagery to produce special products for use by architects and engineers in planning projects. Creates 2D and 3D graphics digitally to enhance print, web and motion picture content.

3D Technical Advice & Planning
  • Produces 3D imagery in support of research conclusions, testing operations, informational programs and technical and management decisions. Assists in coaching colleagues in the adoption of new techniques and processes. With limited input from senior colleagues or Supervisory Photographer, adapts scanning equipment and varies technique to achieve desired effects.
  • Applies knowledge of reflectance, translucency, natural and supplemental lighting to effectively light and scan elements and components, especially art and architectural components. Uses ingenuity and artistic imagination to achieve scanning tasks not amenable to standard practices and subjects ranging from the miniature to huge.
  • With general guidelines directed by Historical Photography Program Manager, consults with architects, engineers and other project managers to determine needs and to review conditions of sites to be scanned. Provides on-site and off-site technical assistance with scanning equipment, both in the laboratory and in the field.
  • Assists the Curator, Communications and other related interests across the AOC in the production and presentation of educational exhibits, programs and websites relating to the history of the Capitol and related buildings and grounds, art, historical artifacts and related subjects. Recommends material and equipment resources to be stocked to provide mission support.

3D Scanning Equipment Operation
  • Operates a range of highly specialized, state-of-the art 3D scanning equipment, tailoring equipment to a range of interior and exterior assignments. In consultation with colleagues and Program Manager, selects types of scanners, lenses, sensors and lighting to be used, considering such factors as atmospheric and materials conditions and available light sources.
  • Employs a growing range of professional techniques and equipment to enhance and ensure high resolution for scans performed under less than ideal circumstances or conditions. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, stationary and handheld 3D scanners, optics, filters, grips and modifiers; structured light and infrared systems; field and studio "cold", "hot," and natural light systems, modifiers and power sources; calibration hardware and systems and hardware used for wireless transmission of picture data.
  • Produces 3D documentation of construction projects and other subjects using state-of-the-art scanning equipment.
  • Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and that required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is utilized.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

*** Please Note: This position is temporary in nature and will not exceed 5 years. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved and that the temporary appointment is limited in duration. The duration of this temporary appointment may be shorter or longer, depending on the duration of the work or project. The temporary position may also be terminated at any time due to lack of work and/or lack of funds without any advance notice. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes experience: (1) Using professional digital scanning, photogrammetry and editing software to produce, process and analyze images; (2) Using an electronic digital asset management system to caption and catalog new image products, and to manage a permanent digital archive of digital image records; and (3) Utilizing various personal computer systems and software in the production of 3D imagery and modeling.


There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

--Professional knowledge of the 3D scanning process as it relates to the scanning and documentation of architectural, engineering and cultural heritage subjects.

--Professional knowledge of a wide range of specialized 3D scanning equipment, software, techniques and processes to develop, modify or adapt equipment and procedures to meet new requirements or to perform assignments involving unusual or unprecedented situations that require 3D scanning. Knowledge of the use of various personal computer systems and software as used in the production of 3D imagery and modeling is required.

--Knowledge of the handling of archival photographic materials and the specialized techniques used in handling damaged, fragile or deteriorated source media.

--Knowledge of scanner technology and electronic imaging methods. In 3D image production, knowledge of the methods of producing, editing, manipulating and distributing products using specialized data and image capture, editing and distribution technologies.

--Ability to edit, manipulate and apply electronic imaging to 3D scans, in order to enhance scan data electronically to produce a final result that is of the proper tonal range and color.

--Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AOC organizations and contractor personnel.

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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