Record and represent everything in context



ESS have enhanced their comprehensive database systems to allow users to record and represent everything in context, however they choose. Unlike traditional GIS, where you are limited to representing where something is by using a top-down map view, our database management systems allow you to define things within the context you choose (e.g. both spatial location and in-situ position).

For example, archaeologists use our systems to record rock art sites. They can now record and represent the individual components of a site (e.g. individual motifs, artefacts, shell middens) using their own site plans or panorama photos, thereby providing a thorough representation of where and what things are. Similarly, waterway managers can now record GPS coordinates for their in-stream works (to represent on a map), but also identify the components of the works within site photos, thereby improving the representation and reducing confusion over where and what things are.

This new technology has been developed in response to client needs and is being used for recording the position of complex things such as:

  • the arrangement of rock art motifs within a rock art site;
  • the position of stone artefacts or grinding grooves within a culturally-important site; and
  • the organsation of stream bank works on properties.

We're excited about this new approach to representing things and believe it has many useful purposes. We're keen to talk more with existing and prospective clients about using this approach for managing your own unique data needs.