Environmental Systems Solutions
Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers
|Non-accredited training delivered|
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:
- Glen MacLaren: Bachelor of Forest Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. Glen has taught GIS and database concepts at the University and currently holds an Honorary Fellow position. Glen has had over 10 years experience conducting training in data management systems specifically relating to cultural heritage management. Training has been carried out with government organisations, businesses in the private sector and with many Indigenous groups and organisations.
- Troy Mallie: Diploma in Spatial Information Systems/Diploma in Information Technology. Troy has 10 years experience in teaching people data management concepts and how to use cultural heritage information management systems and data collection tools.
- Stephen Wealands: PhD in Environmental Engineering and has lectured in GIS and database subjects at both undergraduate and Masters levels at the University of Melbourne. Steve has conducted multiple training workshops on data management and the use of GIS for various disciplines including hydrology, ecology and cultural knowledge.
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.
Environmental Systems Solutions has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at June 2013).
PLEASE NOTE: The Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers is provided for information only. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities does not endorse or recommend any listed training provider on the Register or warrant that any providers are suitable or appropriately qualified. Organisations should conduct their own procurement processes before choosing or engaging a trainer. Information on the Register is as provided by the listed training providers.
About the Register
The Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers has been developed as a resource for Indigenous land and sea managers who want to undertake training in cultural heritage management.
Please contact us if you wish to be included on the register, or if you or your organisation is included on the Register and you would like to update any details. Email: workingoncountry@