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


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


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



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:

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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.”

Read the article in full:

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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.

Read the case study here:


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