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Cultural Heritage

Rising global awareness of cultural heritage resources and cultural differences has dramatically increased the role that archaeological and historical considerations can play in a business’ success.

Local stakeholder concerns and greater regulation around cultural, archaeological or historic resources mean that due diligence and proactive planning must be embedded throughout a project’s lifecycle. However, even with thorough planning, unanticipated discoveries occur and unless carefully managed, can cause prolonged delays and extended consultations.

Combining local expertise with state-of-the art technology
ERM’s advanced methodology and technology enable us to quickly and efficiently generate cultural heritage baseline mapping. This helps our clients to plan proactively and greatly reduces costly project delays by minimizing adverse impacts to archaeological and historical resources.

We use remote sensing, digital reconnaissance and satellite imagery to develop geographic information system (GIS)-based archaeological predictive models. This approach significantly reduces the level of fieldwork so that reconnaissance and testing resources are focused on the areas of greatest concern.

ERM’s team of archaeologists, marine archaeologists, architectural historians, anthropologists and heritage planners offer unrivalled experience and credentials in local and global jurisdictions and local fluency to support native peoples’ consultation. Their expertise spans:

  • Cultural resource identification, evaluation, and mitigation;
  • Management plans and historic preservation planning;
  • Unanticipated discovery planning; 
  • Interpretive programming, public outreach, and education; 
  • Compliance reporting;
  • Research design for data recovery and investigations;
  • Architectural inventories and assessments; and
  • Artifact analyis.

Achieving strategic goals
ERM’s proactive and respectful management of cultural heritage helps organizations realize their strategic goals and complete capital projects on time and on budget. We have effectively reduced permitting costs and time, and avoided construction phase risks for some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects. Additionally, we have supported clients facing legal, lender, risk management, or stakeholder drivers realize significant value. With our support, clients can:

  • Safeguard regulatory compliance;
  • Accelerate project timelines;
  • Avoid costs; and
  • Reduce risk.

Our unique approach also boosts our clients’ public reputation, creating competitive edge and additional shareholder value at a time of greater global awareness of cultural, archaeological and historical issues.

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