‘Gully SMART’ wins award for KaarbonTech

KaarbonTech has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Association of Geographic Information (AGI) award for Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit.  agi_Award_Winner (2)

The company develops software that is used for highways drainage inspection and flood risk management.  The software uses Ordnance Survey GIS data for accuracy and enables users to record and access data using handheld Android and iOS devices.

The Award recognised the reduced flood risk, cost and efficiency savings achieved by Walsall Council as a result of using the ‘Gully SMART’ software.

AGI Award

“We are delighted to be named as winners of this prestigious award,” said Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech. “We are proud to see our innovative ‘Gully SMART’ software being acknowledged for the results that it is delivering for our customers.”

The advanced design of ‘Gully SMART’ enables highways teams to combine the use of geographic location data with environmental data sets – such as flood zones – and to put in place proactive management strategies.

Planned cyclical maintenance programmes are reducing the risk of properties flooding in periods of heavy rainfall. Improved highways drainage is increasing safety of all road users and reducing risk of accidents caused by water on the road.

The award judges recognised that ‘Gully SMART’ also delivered improvements in work productivity. On an average working day of 8 hours teams can complete 9 emergency gully clean outs. However, proactive planned cyclical cleaning using the ‘Gully SMART’ system enables 145 cleans to be completed within the same working day.

The company is building on its success with more local authorities in the process of adopting the ‘Gully SMART’ system.


Notes to Editors:

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) aims to maximise the use of geographic information (GI) for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce

The Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit category recognised outstanding achievement in the use of geospatial technology, particularly those that have had positive impact on business processes or practices (Business As Usual – BAU) and can demonstrate significant return on investment (RoI). The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire on Thursday 13th November.

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

A short film showing ‘Gully SMART’ in use in Walsall can be viewed via this link to You Tube:

In addition to Walsall other local authority customers include Surrey, Norfolk, Croydon, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Photograph: from left to right   Peter Haar, Ordnance Survey (Award sponsor)

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech

Nick Austin, Deloitte (Judge)

Professor Iain Stewart (Compere)


Contact: Nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

Posted: 19th November 2o14

KaarbonTech Shorlisted for Prestigious Award

KaarbonTech is delighted the Walsall ‘Gully Smart’ project has been shorted listed for the 2014 Association of Geographic Information (AGI) award for Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit.

The AGI Awards are widely respected and recognise the best achievements in the geographic information industry and foster a spirit of innovation. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the AGI and the showcase best practice in the geospatial field. 

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 13th November. 

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Posted: 5th November 2014

Contact: Nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

Keeping ‘Gully SMART’ this Autumn

This autumn ‘Gully Smart’ is helping our local authority customers proactively manage the impact of rain and falling leaves on highways drainage.

Walsall Council worked with us to produce a short film showing how it works:


Posted: 23rd October 2014

Contact: nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

Surveyor Magazine: ‘Helping Grit Bins Go High Tech’

In the September issue of Surveyor Magazine subscribers read how KaarbonTech asset management software is saving Surrey County Council money and improving provision for residents.

The Council has calculated that using the KaarbonTech system has delivered a saving of £50,000 between August and December 2013. Tony Casey, Highways Maintenance Team Leader at Surrey County Council, emphasised that, ‘We anticipate seeing on going savings into winter 2014/15, whilst being confident that residents will experience improved service.’

You can read the article via the link below:

Helping Grit Bins Go High Tech




Posted: 7th October 2014

Contact: nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

Cliff and Coastal Erosion

We fly our aerial surveys using the ‘eBee’ which is a nimble and accurate craft and carries a high resolution camera (16Mp) which can capture a photo every 3-4 seconds. Individual flight times last up to a maximum of 45 minutes.

Our pilots are qualified to strict standards set by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In June 2013 KaarbonTech became the first company in the UK with qualified pilots and an approved operating system.

Back on the ground the data and imagery captured is modelled to meet our client’s requirements. Here is an example of data that has been modelled to analyse cliff and coastal erosion:


Posted: 26th September 2014

Contact: nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk


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.

Visit the OS website via the link below:


OS and KaarbonTech Logo

Posted: 21st July 2014
For more information contact: nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

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.”

Read the article in full:


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Posted: 30th June 2014
Contact: nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

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
Contact: Nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

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
For More Information Contact: Nicola.davies@kaarbontech.co.uk

“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.

Read the case study here: