Extract from National Rock Garden Newsletter No. 10, January 2015

A mobile app has been recently released which enables visitors to Brisbane to access information about the geological materials that have been used in the city’s historic buildings. Similar apps are anticipated to be developed for visitors to the National Rock Garden in years to come so that visitors can obtain details about the rock specimens. This would reduce/eliminate the need for lengthy text on plaques.

In Brisbane, these building stones range from the warm brown sandstone of large civic structures such as the City Hall and Parliament house to granites and exotic marbles from around the world.

The Queensland Division of the Geological Society of Australia first documented these buildings as a self- guided walking tour, and this guide was made available during the International Geological Congress in Brisbane in 2012.

This tour has since been extended and built into a mobile app that is now available for free download from the Google and Apple stores. The app provides a GPS linked map which enables hot-links to the history of each building together with descriptions of the building stones and recent and historical photographs.

Views of the Building Stones of Brisbane app. Image courtesy Global GBM.

The Geological Society of Australia provided the content which has been configured on the mobile app through the Global GBM Enterprise Mobility suite.

More information is available from www.globalgbm.com or by contacting Mr Ken Moule, Chief Technical Officer, Global GBM, Level 2, 143 Charlotte Street Brisbane, 07 3210 0741, [email protected]. Global GBM is a world leading developer of Enterprise Mobility Solutions. The company delivers map enabled mobile apps to government and businesses across the globe.