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Environmental Systems Solutions

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Glen MacLaren
Mobile: 0416 269 496
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Torres Strait, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
  • Management planning - process & key steps
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Recording oral history
  • Mapping skills and field data collection techniques
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Assessing significance
  • Identifying management issues
  • Identifying and recording evidence of threats and deterioration
  • Identifying and describing cultural materials
  • Monitoring cultural places
  • Using databases to manage cultural information
  • Other: Cultural site survey - field data collection methodologies and technologies


Environmental Systems Solutions delivers training through a partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and trainers are experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


The team has the following relevant qualifications and experience:

Training experience

Over the past 11 years Environmental Systems Solutions (ESS) has delivered training to over 30 Indigenous groups throughout Australia and the Pacific. ESS implements cultural heritage database systems that are used to manage a diverse range of data including cultural site locations, photos, audio, video and documents. These systems include a "Google Earth" style mapping interface for recording and interrogating cultural features within the landscape. Databases are based on web technology which provides groups with the option of hosting these systems on a private network or to a broad audience over the internet.

ESS conducts training courses in the use of these database systems. Courses are used to teach people basic data management skills that are essential for managing data in an organised and effective manner. Subject material includes data formats, data entry, data sharing and protection using local cultural protocols, system navigation, reporting and database administration.

ESS works with Indigenous groups and other cultural heritage managers to establish protocols, methods and workflows that relate to the capture and utilisation of data. Once established, ESS provides training to staff to help them understand, embrace and follow these methods.

ESS provides tuition in the use of data collection tools such as GPS, cameras (both still and video), audio recording devices and hand held computers (including those that utilise the Cybertracker software). These courses are often tailored to meet the specific needs of the training group.

ESS also teaches various aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for managing spatial information used to represent cultural landscape features such as sites, tracks and management zones.

Recent experience

Environmental Systems Solutions has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at June 2013).

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