Australia Asia Pacific



RPS' highly skilled, multi-disciplinary Heritage team offers a full range of heritage consultancy services across Australia and the Asia Pacific.


RPS has assembled an industry-leading team of specialists to assist our clients with all their heritage management requirements. 

Our team includes heritage planners, archaeologists, built heritage experts, heritage surveyors and geomatics professionals. Our team members are experts in their fields and have considerable experience delivering workable solutions for a range of clients using a range of traditional and high technology options.

We are perhaps unique in Australiain that we are able to augment standard heritage services with high tech heritage investigation solutions including ground penetrating radar (GPR), 3D terrestrial scanning and drone surveys in any part of the country.

Our projects cover the full spectrum from resource exploration and development to infrastructure, masterplanned communities and urban infill development.

Our team of specialists has the experience and skills to meet the needs of any project, in any environment, on time and within budget.

RPS Heritage services include, but are not limited to:

Heritage planning

Ethnographic and Aboriginal studies

Aboriginal archaeology

Historic heritage impact advice and assessment

Historical archaeology

Historical and Aboriginal archaeological excavation

Community consultation

Cultural heritage management plans

Oral history recording

Historical research

Government liaison

Regulatory advice and interpretation

Archaeological geophysics (e.g. GPR)

3D scanning and photogrammetry

3D visualisation

LiDAR and unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) surveys

Satellite remote sensing

High precision surveying

GIS services

Predictive modelling.

Key Contacts

Darrell Rigby

Darrell Rigby   |   General Manager – Newcastle / Regional Technical Director - Cultural Heritage  |   Send Email

Darrell leads RPS’ highly regarded cultural heritage service line and is also General Manager of the RPS Newcastle Office.

Possessing a multiplicity of skills garnered across several disciplines over a more than a decade, Darrell manages projects of all sizes across Australia and coordinates logistically difficult operations. He has a diverse set of Aboriginal and Historic cultural heritage skills combined with urban and regional planning credentials and qualifications in GIS spatial analysis and modelling. Darrell has managed many complex cultural heritage projects across a wide range of industries which includes extractive, utilities, infrastructure, urban planning, transport, energy and resources.

Realising early on the advantages of using high technology solutions to create high quality cultural heritage outcomes, Darrell has championed the use of advanced surveying, visualisation and geomatics techniques and equipment to make RPS Cultural Heritage the leading industry provider in this field.

Darrell has experience in remote locations having on ground experience at multiple project sites in North Western Australia and South West Queensland. He has conducted community consultation in communities spread between the Pilbara WA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland.