The Results of Aerial Surveying

What happens to the data collected during an aerial survey? How can it be analysed and how is it displayed? We have produced a short film to show you – please take a few minutes to watch:

14th April 2014

Flying High to Promote Anglesey


The clear aerial pictures were commissioned to promote the investment opportunities available to businesses in Anglesey.

The island of Anglesey is famous for Holyhead which is the second busiest ferry port in the UK and handles over 70% of all road vehicles passing through Welsh ports.

This is another example of the innovative range of uses of unmanned aerial vehicles and the way in which they can promote business investment.

Watch our aerial imagery being used to promote Anglesey Enterprise Zone:

20th March 2014

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Resourceful with Drainage

Handheld Screen Shot

Our drainage management software is featured in the March edition of Local Authority Plant and Vehicles magazine.

Resourceful with Drainage

“Walsall Council evaluated its gulley cleaning policy, and found that the cost of reactive response was more than ten times higher than a preventative clean. With flooding and budget restrictions being at the forefront of the Council’s mind, proactive steps needed to be taken. KaarbonTech provided the technology solution.”

Read the rest of the article (pages 26 & 28) by clicking on the link below:

KaarbonTech: Resourceful with Drainage

Posted 07/03/2014

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Thinking of planning a programme of CPD seminars for your staff?

CPD Capita

We are running a series of continuing professional development sessions for businesses and organisations to explore the increasing commercial role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

Capita, Royal Haskoning and Atkins are just three of the major companies we have visited recently. The picture shows the team running a seminar for Capita.

The CPD sessions are tailored to meet the interests of each company and cover both the design and operational technology of the aircraft as well as the software options for analysing the collected imagery and data. Audiences have been surprised to learn that organisations as diverse as the National Trust, WOMAD music festival and energy renewable energy firms have all used aerial surveying.

Exploring the range of ways in which aerial survey imagery and data can be recorded, shared and viewed opens new possibilities for asset management.

Attendees’ professional expertise and knowledge has been expanded to include knowledge and familiarity with volumetric measurement, topographical drawings, master map alignment and point cloud generation.

Get in touch to discuss how a session could expand the knowledge of your staff and contribute to their ongoing professional development.

Contact via email at or by phone on 0800 804 8844 to find out more.

Posted: 10/02/2014


Rainfall and flooding: It must be January 2014!

So, it is official the UK Met Office has confirmed that across southeast and central southern England this has been the wettest January for a century.

We have seen nightly on the television news images of the destruction and disruption caused by flooding.

Heavy rainfall also causes problems for highways if local gullies designed to carry away excess water are blocked, or have been poorly maintained. Council officers, elected members and general public all experience the impact if a gully fails.

It is also a good bet that flooding and drainage problems will happen out of office hours and therefore, be more costly and time consuming to resolve.

Our unique gully inspection software has been enabling our local authority customers to manage localised drainage and avoid the costly flooding caused by unmaintained highway gullies.

We are working on a case study for a key trade publication exploring how our software has enabled one local authority to reduce flooding and save money. Keep an eye out for more over the coming weeks ….
Flood Risk SlideSoftware Development

Where will you find a frog, a tennis racket and a traffic cone?

Gully Inspection Software
A frog, a tennis racket and a traffic cone are among a range of unexpected items recovered by highways crews whilst cleaning gullies across Walsall.

Other surprising items found this year have included fishing gear, cycle parts, broken up wardrobes, laminate flooring, car parts and street signs.

During 2013 Walsall Council and their contractors Lafarge Tarmac have been using specialist drainage inspection software developed by the firm KaarbonTech.

The software enables teams to monitor and check which gullies have been cleared and to plan routine maintenance strategically. This has resulted in the equivalent of 43 double decker buses (516 tonnes) full of debris being cleared from gullies across Walsall this year.

Mr John Roseblade, Walsall Council Group Manager, Highways and Environment, said:

“The Gullies across the borough are receiving more attention than at any time in recent history.”

“The intelligence being gathered using the KaarbonTech system enables us to prioritise areas of greatest need in the future allowing us to make the most of our limited resources.”

Mr Mark Entwistle, Managing Director, of KaarbonTech said:

“Our first year of working with Walsall Council and Lafarge Tarmac has delivered real benefits for Walsall residents. Well planned gully maintenance will reduce incidents of localised flooding caused by block gullies.”

There are an estimated 33,000 gullies across the borough – 66% have now been cleared and work will continue on the further 34% in the New Year.

Notes to editors

Walsall Council and their contractor Lafarge Tarmac have been working with KaarbonTech software since February 2013.

Data referenced above is drawn from a Report on the Gully Cleaning Project delivered to the Walsall South Area Panel on 10th December 2013 by Mr John Roseblade, Walsall Council Group Manager, Highways and Environment. A link to full Report is below:


KaarbonTech provides drainage inspection software, flood risk management tools and specialist asset data collection software to the UK market.

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Queuing to find more about KaarbonTech Software


On 28th November the KaarbonTech team spent a busy day exhibiting at Mapping Showcase 2013. The event, held in conjunction with GeoDATA, took place at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.

Professionals involved in CAD, GPS, GIS, cartography and navigation attended and visited our stand. The high level of interest was very positive and our software attracted a lot of attention from visitors.

The Showcase is the biggest mapping-based event to be held in the UK this year and offers a platform for technological innovation across the mapping industry.

The relaxed format of the event allowed the team to talk with visitors about the innovative KaarbonTech software.

Our material was much in demand – our case studies will have made interesting reading for many visitors on the journey home.

We are looking forward to Mapping Showcaseworking with our new contacts in the future. KaarbonTech

Reducing the carbon footprint when the snow falls

Specialist Asset Inspection Software

Innovative use of technology developed by KaarbonTech is enabling local authorities to keep their community grit bins topped up this winter – whilst reducing their carbon emissions.

Preliminary findings of a survey of English and Welsh highways authorities by the Local Government Association reveal that 79 per cent of councils are using community grit bins to enable members of the public to access road salt.

These findings fit with the feedback being received by KaarbonTech from local authorities.

Highways authorities are looking for innovative ways to manage their costs whilst maintaining or enhancing service delivery to the public. KaarbonTech is focused on developing products that will help local authorities achieve that objective.

Unique KaarbonTech software enables councils to monitor the location, filling and usage of grit bins using iOS and Android smart devices.  Carbon emissions are reduced as work can be planned more strategically resulting in lower carbon emissions, lower fuel costs and budget savings.

Wireless handheld devices are used by mobile teams to record bins in need of repair and/or filling before allocating work packages wirelessly to a team in the field. Three key benefits are:

  • Field users can easily see the work packages on a map and navigate to each destination.
  • One click view of last known grit levels.
  • Linking to other works order management and GIS systems to share the inspection details.

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director, said:

“KaarbonTech is already working with Surrey County Council and we are seeing interest from other authorities.  This demand for effective data management systems corresponds with the LGA finding that 79 per cent of councils are using community grit bins.

“Our devices and software are easy to use and deployed effectively contribute to lower carbon emissions, lower fuel costs and budget savings for local authorities.”

The traditional shovel partnered with the innovative use of KaarbonTech technology will be helping the people on the move this winter.

Notes to editors

The LGA’s Research and Information team conducted an online survey of all highways authorities in England and Wales who carry out winter weather gritting activities (all councils except districts).

Initial findings from fieldwork which took place between 23 September and 4 November 2013 with an initial response rate of 42 per cent (73 councils) were published on 9th November 2013.

The final report is due to be published at the end of November.

Details of preliminary findings:

KaarbonTech provides drainage inspection software, flood risk management tools and specialist asset data collection software to the UK market.

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No winter hibernation for KaarbonTech or the eBee

Unlike its distant relative the honeybee the SenseFly eBee, unmanned aerial vehicle, flown in the UK by KaarbonTech is showing no signs of needing winter hibernation.

Instead of collecting pollen, the eBee has been up in the wintery skies gathering image data for a diverse range of KaarbonTech clients.

Since its first UK flight in June 2013 the eBee has completed aerial surveys for, amongst others, the National Trust, Womad music festival and green energy company Ecotricity.

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director, said:

“The eBee is impressing clients with the quality of image it is able to capture.

“It has been tested in temperatures ranging from -15°C to 35°C and is more than a match for any weather the British winter has in store.”

The craft has a flight time of up to 45 minutes and is highly portable – fitting into a small carrying case – combined with the fact that it is easily launched it is proving an ideal solution for clients.

The images captured are processed in-house by KaarbonTech to create bespoke maps and precision  elevation models.

Notes to editors:

The eBee, from SenseFly has a 16MP camera allowing it to shoot aerial imagery at down to 3cm/pixel resolution. The images can then be used to create accurate maps and elevation models.

Its aerodynamic profile allows cruising speeds of 36-57km/h (10-16m/s). The eBee can resist winds of up to 45km/h (12m/s) increasing the survey success rate in British weather.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) implements a strict permissions system before allowing companies to operate in the UK. All pilots must pass flight tests to CAA standards and companies must have an approved operating manual showing how they complete surveys safely.  KaarbonTech passed both areas with ‘flying colours’ in June, making them the first company with qualified pilots and an approved operating system.

KaarbonTech also provide aerial surveying across the UK using the Swinglet UAS, another Sensefly plane. They also process all their data in house to produce topographical maps, digital elevation models, volumetric measurements and orthomosaics for the complete service.

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