GeoConnexion Magazine Reviews the 2014 AGI Awards

The January/February 2015 issue of GeoConnexion Magazine includes a review of the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) Awards held in November 2014.

KaarbonTech were announced as winners of the award for ‘Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit.’

Posted: 22nd January 2015


Drain Trader: Gully SMART wins award

We start the New Year with a reminder of our success at the 2014 Association of Geographic Information awards.

The January 2015 edition of Drain Trader features an article about the award which recognised the reduced flood risk, cost and efficiency savings achieved by Walsall Council as a result of using the ‘Gully SMART’ software.

Read the article below:

Posted:6th January 2015

Fresh technology for the arborist’s tool kit

The Arboricultural Association has featured our ‘Tree SMART’ software tree management system in the winter issue of it’s magazine to members.

The piece asks readers whether their handheld smart phone or tablet is a much a part of their kit as a rope, harness or chainsaw. You can read the piece below:

Posted: 10th December 2014


The 21st Century Arborist: Getting Tree SMART

The November issue of ‘PRO ARB’ magazine included an article about our software product ‘Tree SMART’ and featured the first hand experiences of users from Gloucestershire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

You can read more below:

Posted: 5th December 2014


‘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)



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


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:

OS and KaarbonTech Logo

Posted: 21st July 2014
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