What we do
Production of bespoke applications (apps) for mobile and desktop platforms across multiple operating systems. With a specific interest in apps for geotourism and geoconservation.
The set of apps featured here relate to the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark trail. The trail is a 109 mile walk starting in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England and ending at Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucestershire, England. The trail is divided into 17 sections to provide walks that can be comfortably achieved in a day. An app has been produced for each section.
Each app has the following features (views) in common.
Information about where you are (if GPS or some other location data available). There is the option here to active a walk recording feature that will plot on the map (by small semi-transparent dots) where you have been. This feature also gives a guide (based on your average walking speed) how long it will take you to complete the current trail section. In the Location section you may also set the direction of your walk (the default is south going). This selects the pictures you are presented with as you walk.
Map of the trail overlain on a geology map (1:50000) with data derived from the BGS Digital Maps services. The map is zoom able by a 'zoom gesture' or double tapping - zooms up to x4. Press the Map button to reset the zoom back to the default and reposition the map to its default. Touch the map (for around a second) and information about the rock at that point will display (this data is also based on that provided by the BGS on-line digital services). As you touch the map (especially along the red line of the trail) a camera icon will appear. This shows where a photo was taken and the direction it was taken. Touch the Photo button to see the photo and any associated data. As you touch the map (will happen automatically when GPS available and you are using the app within the area featured) and bring up rock data, touch the Paleogeo button to get the 'deep time' information about the period at which this rock initially formed.
Displays the photo for a given location. The photo may have some accompanied textural information, plus in some cases a button that looks like a 3D rock section. Touch that button to access more information, normally of a geological nature, some of this material will be quite 'technical' but we are aiming the apps at a wide range of users!
This brings up information about the global setting of a given time in earth history: environment reconstructions, tectonic plate maps, past temperatures, carbon dioxide levels, extinction rates...
Links to organisations that have and continue to play a significant part in he Geopark and its trail, plus a link to this website.