ADEPT associates a limited set of patterns of connection with a particular set of abstract meanings. These are called the Ontological Constructs. There are seven of them.
The first three constructs each stand alone but the latter four constructs consist of combinations of the first three. Therefore, the first three are called Axiomatic Ontological Constructs and the latter four are called Derivative Ontological Constructs
The ADEPT notation uses a water metaphor to identify the ontological constructs. The image is of a stream of "liquid" information, being naturally ordered in its passage through a constrained framework just like the natural environment pictured here at Semuc Champey, Guatemala.
Depth defines the definite and determinate aspects of a node in its relationships. It may be manifestly actual or just a shadow of potential.
Pool defines the intrinsic and/or extrinsic perspectives of a node in relation to how it was formed, and how it can form other nodes.
Nature defines a node's mode of iteration. Nature can be original, symbolic, productive, volitional or terminal.
The ADEPT Rivulet represents the completed ontological construction of an ADEPT node. It is the sum of axiomatic constructs of depth, pool and nature.
The ADEPT Current represents the relational causality of an ADEPT node. It is the sum of the axiomatic constructs of depth and pool.
The ADEPT Wave represents the relational potentiality of an ADEPT node. It is the sum of the axiomatic constructs of pool and nature.
The ADEPT Surface represents the systematic ordering of an ADEPT node. It is the sum of the axiomatic constructs of depth and nature.