Experts in Heritage Management
Ability to deliver successful outcomes for large projects
Every project is different and important
"We are very pleased with the work the CHMG team did for us. Their creative insights, combined with superb technical capabilities made them a great contributor to our projects."
GOULBURN VALLEY WATER
"CHMG are always available and answer any questions we have promptly. They did an excellent job achieving successful outcomes for our cultural heritage salvage programs and I would highly recommend them to others looking for a professional cultural heritage firm."
Accurate advice that is project specific
'John was very understanding to customer needs and highly efficient in delivering positive outcomes. He always worked closely to his budgets and helped his co-workers to his best ability. He was the best senior project manager and a great mentor for the whole team'
SENIOR FUND ACCOUNTANT at SS&C GLOBEOP
The cultural heritage division is responsible for developing methodologies for the research design, field recording and analysis strategies, all of which contribute to the development of Cultural Heritage Management Plans [CHMPs], Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Tests [PAHT], historic heritage assessments and CHMP compliance projects such as salvage programs. Our cultural resource specialists provide legislative guidance across all states for a range of projects, as well as ethnographic research, site interpretation development, peer reviews, CHMP audits and cultural heritage compliance training.
CHMG provides cultural heritage consulting services to help you plan your project around archaeological sites, historic properties, traditional cultural properties, and other cultural heritage constraints. Our extensive experience and strong connections with regulatory agencies and Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAP), Native Title and Traditional Owner Groups allow us to reduce risk and ensure that projects stay on track.
CHMG has extensive experience preparing CHMPs and Cultural Heritage assessment reports across all states of Australia. We are experts at risk minimisation at desktop level using our vast experience in developing predictive models which incorporates archaeological, geomorphological and GIS data to assist at the design stage or to inform on potential risk to any sized project.
CHMG has a broad range of resources at hand including a a 1.5 ton Kubota excavator and an electric, work-safe compliant mechanical sieve. In addition, we maintain a fleet of modified 4WDs to assist with access across any terrain in any condition.
In addition to a complete suite of cultural heritage services, CHMG also provides a full range of historic heritage services, including architectural history, archival research, oral history programs, historical archaeology investigations, historic property documentation, historic preservation planning, and State and National Register eligibility evaluations and nominations.
Development projects, including both urban and rural settings, often have profound effects on the character and setting of existing structures and communities. Many policy frameworks such as those projects subject to the Heritage Act 1995 require the history of the area, the individual structures within, and the surrounding region, be determined prior to permit approval. As with all cultural resource identification and evaluation undertakings, information gained early in the design process allows the best possibility for cost-effective project redesign in an effort to avoid costly impact mitigation.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
CHMG has significant experience in employing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer-aided Design (CAD) software to the understanding and evaluation of cultural heritage projects. We currently use the latest versions of ESRI suite of GIS software, Trimble products, MapInfo, Manifold and Quantum GIS.
GIS and computer modelling of cultural heritage resources allows us to integrate archaeological and historical information with contemporary and historical maps, aerial photographs, DGPS and Total Station data. We can also recreate historic landscapes and settings using both photorealistic and immersive 3D modelling software. Some of our GIS modelling projects include our recent work in developing and assessing prehistoric landscapes as well as the development of GIS-based probabilistic models.
CHMG has developed numerous predictive models using various intuitive, inductive or deductive strategies for projects across the country. GIS and spatial analysis is at the forefront of land management tools for cultural heritage preservation and mitigation.