Ordnance Survey partners with a select group of businesses who license their location data to provide products and services to industry, commerce and consumers.

KaarbonTech is one of these businesses and is now listed in the Ordnance Survey online Partner Directory.

Included below is an excerpt outlining the innovative approach taken by KaarbonTech:

Partner solutions

KaarbonTech combine mobile technology and Ordnance Survey data with a focus on easy asset collection for “non-surveyors”. They automate risk values for each asset and simplify the ongoing updating of inspection/maintenance records.

The software is predominantly used in the management of highway and land infrastructure by engineers with no surveying experience.

KaarbonTech also provide an aerial surveying solution for Aerial Photography and Topographical Surveys, Flood Risk Management, Volumetric surveys and construction monitoring.

Working across the world they have surveyed anything from quarries to renewable energy sites to Olympic parks and activity centres. The focus is not on providing a tool to collect data but enabling clients to use collected data intelligently, flexibly and strategically.

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Posted: 21st July 2014
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Are we still a nation of inventors and innovators?

At KaarbonTech we believe in innovation and the positive use of technology to improve and business practice and deliver solutions that work with our environment.

This month the well respected publication ‘The Manufacturer’ has been asking the question: ‘Are we still a nation of inventors and innovators?’

We agree with the analysis of Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF who writes: “If Britain is to continue to innovate then we need to start shouting about our achievements. We have to ensure that everyone is aware that success lies before us and not just in the past. Above all, we must give greater recognition to our inventors and innovators, so as to encourage more young people to want to learn the right skills to follow in their footsteps.”

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Posted: 30th June 2014

How do we conduct a UAV survey?

We are often asked what is involved in carrying out a survey using an unmanned aerial vehicle and what do the final results look like.

To answer those questions we have produced a short film showing the whole process. The survey featured was carried out at Norton Fitzwarren Dam in Somerset.

Take a look:

Posted: 29th May 2014

KaarbonTech complete first Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle survey over London

KaarbonTech has become the first company to receive a special permission from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle within London airspace.

The first flight, commissioned by The GeoInformation Group, took place over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the home of the London 2012 Games.

Flight plans, prepared by qualified pilots, were approved in advance by both the CAA and London City Airport. London City Airport controls the airspace around the Olympic Park.

KaarbonTech selected the SenseFly eBee aircraft to carry out the survey. The eBee is proven for ability and speed and carries a high resolution camera (16Mp) which can capture a photo every 3-4 seconds and means that approximately 1sq km can be captured per flight.

The aircraft was airborne on three occasions, each for a maximum of 45 minutes, and during that time captured high quality imagery of both the velodrome and outdoor cycling zone along with the hockey centre.

The high resolution imagery collected during the flights was subsequently processed and delivered to the client along with a highly accurate Digital Surface Model made from millions of point measurements compiled from on-board sensors. This data material will be used in both managing the facility and in marketing material.

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech, said:

“It was a privilege for KaarbonTech to survey a site as iconic as the London Olympic venue and to have our flight plans approved by both the Civil Aviation Authority and London City Airport. Our pilots are highly qualified and utterly professional in their approach to safety and preparation.”

Aerial surveying used Unmanned Aerial Vehicles piloted by experienced professionals is an option increasingly being used by major leisure and public access venues.

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Notes to editors:

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. In June 2013 KaarbonTech became the first company in the UK with qualified pilots and an approved operating system.

KaarbonTech provide unmanned aerial surveying across the UK to a range of clients using the SenseFly eBee and SenseFly Swinglet. They offer in house data processing and produce topographical maps, digital elevation models, volumetric measurements and orthomosaics to meet client’s requirements.

Clients include the Womad Festival, National Trust, Burghley House and Lee Valley Country Park (host to the London 2012 white water sport events).


Posted: 27th May 2014
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“Pioneering and the best in the industry”

Lafarge Tarmac has produced a case study explaining the impact of our software on gully maintenance in Walsall.

The excerpt below outlines the results and benefits of using our software:


- A change to the working practices ‘jetting and manual dig outs’ was implemented to minimise the travel time and a longer working day was agreed to increase productivity.

- We have been able to supply tailored technology in the field to help capture highly accurate information about the condition of the gullies and report it in a live system.

- Searching and exporting information to WMBC is simple which saves much valued management time.

- The information now available to WMBC is pioneering and the best in the industry.

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Taking to the air to reduce flood risk

The  May/June edition of Geo Connection magazine reports one of our surveys which provided a fresh perspective on flood risk and mitigation options:


Posted: 9th May 2014

Aerial Surveys Show the Way Forward

The use of aerial surveying using unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs or Drones, is anticipated to grow strongly within the the UK quarrying, aggregates and waste management sectors.

Technology Company KaarbonTech have completed their first aerial survey of a UK waste management site.
A recent example is company KaarbonTech who were commissioned by APR Services, on behalf of a client, to conduct an aerial survey verifying the volume of waste at a landfill site in Kent. Accuracy was essential as the data was destined for submission to the Environment Agency.

KaarbonTech pilots are fully qualified and operate within flight guidelines approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The survey process is quick and non-disruptive to the function of the site.

Pilots establish a mobile hub from which to remotely pilot the SenseFly eBee aircraft. High accuracy GPS is used to plot key reference points across the survey site. The team then fly the aircraft in a precise grid pattern to cover all of the designated area. The aircraft carries a high resolution camera (16Mp) which captures a photo every 3-4 seconds.

Andy Bradford, Survey Director for APR Services, who commissioned the survey said:

“We compared the accuracy of the data set provided by KaarbonTech and were pleased that the results were comparable with traditional methods of surveying. The speed of the service allowed us to provide a quicker solution for the site owner with the added benefit of high resolution aerial imagery.”

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech said:

“The adaptability and accuracy of aerial surveying using unmanned aerial vehicles is proving of commercial interest to the aggregates, quarrying and waste management sectors.”

Traditional ground based methods of surveying remain of value but are likely to be increasingly complemented if not replaced by maturing aerial technology.

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Image 2 – Shows Digital Surface Model (DSM) of the survey site


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Fresh Thinking from Ordnance Survey and KaarbonTech

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Industry leaders call for professionals in the highways asset management field to join them in a discussion group focusing on the opportunities of digital mapping and mobile working.

Ordnance Survey, mapping experts since 1791, and KaarbonTech, developers of innovative asset management software and digital surveying methods, are joining to promote sector wide debate on the use of geographical information for better asset maintenance.

Ordnance Survey collects and maintains the geospatial database for Great Britain, making on average 10,000 changes a day by capturing the changing urban and rural landscape of the nation. The intelligent, up to date database is used to create a range of trusted products and services that have great potential for the better management of highways assets.
KaarbonTech develops proven software packages that enable highways assets to be monitored and work tracked using iOS and Android devices. KaarbonTech has proven that GIS data sets like Flood Zones, Elevation profiles and urban density can be harnessed to deliver cost effective and proactive maintenance of drainage networks.

Land & Property Relationship Manager Gary McDonald at Ordnance Survey said:

“We have been impressed with the simplicity of KaarbonTech’s system and grasp of using other GIS data in this way. By bringing together industry leaders in discussion we can ensure that more people can benefit from the vast amount of intelligent Ordnance Survey data available.”

The challenging context of on-going budget reductions across the public sector points clearly towards the importance of sharing knowledge and innovation. Future success is likely to rest on smarter working methods and realising the potential of technology.

KaarbonTech Managing Director Mark Entwistle said:

“Traditionally time, money and fuel have been wasted on unnecessary or reactive visits to assets such as gullys and street furniture. The application of technology and combining of accurate digital mapping data with software enables engineers to work smart and deliver better results.”

The group will share and discuss how different Ordnance Survey data sets have been used in the past with positive results and how mobile technology can provide a platform for easy data collection. Interested in becoming involved and joining this discussion group?

Please contact or call 0800 804 8844 for more information.

Notes to Editors:

KaarbonTech delivers innovative software solutions that enable local authorities to manage their highways assets in a strategic and proactive manner.

KaarbonTech products use GIS data sets and software designed to work seamlessly either in the office on the desktop or remotely on iOS and Android devices.

GIS data sets are used by local authority customers of the company to manage a range of highways assets including drainage and grit bins. Customers include the following councils – Walsall, Surrey, Norfolk, Croydon, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

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Phone: 07774 353 139
Posted:6th May 2014

Kaarbontech featured in Highways Magazine

Surrey County Council is using our software to manage the 1800 grit bins located across its highways network. The results have been featured in an article published in the April issue of Highways Magazine. Here is the opening paragraph:

“When harsh winter weather sets in the British public has high expectations of its highways authorities. KaarbonTech software is enabling Surrey County Council to monitor the location, filling and usage of grit bins using iOS and Android smart devices. Accurate data collection allows work to be planned strategically and results in lower carbon emissions, lower fuel costs and budget savings.”

Read more via the link below (page 18)


Posted: 1st May 2014
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