Carto Group join Mapbox Developer Network


Mapbox have recently launched their Mapbox Developer Network and we are part of it!

Over the past 3 years we have developed a number of web mapping applications on top of the Mapbox geospatial technology and certainly consider ourselves as experts. We have pushed the boundaries of 3D GIS by building mapping applications, integrating Mapbox and Unity gaming technology that includes bespoke service-on-demand and Augmented Reality navigation applications as well as a number of custom mapping apps for construction.

We are impressed with how far Mapbox has come with their platform and how open the technology is, allowing us to develop targeted apps that solve real world challenges or simply bring joy to others.

We have had a number of successful requests from the developer network already and look forward to our continued use of Mapbox geospatial technology.

Navigation geospatial applications
Navigation geospatial applications

Contact us to discuss your mapping projects: [email protected]

LAMP – Effective materials planning in Construction


LAMP Innovation Project

An Innovate UK grant funded project, LAMP (Live Automated Materials Planning) is an SaaS based software solution designed to provide better efficiency and cost management, increased speed and reduced environmental impact on large construction sites. The LAMP project involves three key partners; The Carto Group a specialist Geospatial consultancy and solutions provider focused on the construction sector, Skanska UK Plc, the fifth largest construction company in the world and BRE (Building Research Establishment, a centre of building science in the United Kingdom).

The UK construction contracting market is worth £61bn pa. 100 companies within it have a turnover of >£60M pa (2013). Significant quantities of materials are utilised (58.5M tonnes sand & gravel, 1.83Bn bricks, 71M square metres concrete products, ONS 2017). Market size means that improvements in construction efficiency will bring significant economic benefits, plus increased opportunity for exports. The trade deficit in construction materials and components continued to widen in 2016, with imports more than double the value of exports (trade deficit; £9,1Bn).

The target market for LAMP is construction project planners and managers, especially those dealing with large materials movement to/from site. LAMP will create productivity improvements and savings in project delivery. It will form part of an overall toolset, providing data-driven intelligence-based insights and enabling project teams to better plan, estimate and manage risks associated with materials, plants and people logistics. Most construction projects have risk pots as part of the bid process, LAMP will enable reductions in these risk pots.

Linking open geospatial with machine learning within the construction sector is innovative and scalable. Access to, and scalability of, intelligent big data from disparate sources is something with which the sector has struggled. LAMP will expose complex, intelligent and information-rich patterns and relationships that are almost impossible to replicate in isolation from siloed spreadsheets/databases.

Construction begins on Castle Park View, Bristol’s tallest building


Construction is due to begin this month on what will be Bristols tallest building, Castle Park View. The building, designed by Chapman Taylor for property development company Linkcity, will be constructed by Bouygues as the main contractor.

As part of the complex and challenging planning application process, The Carto Group provided Verified View and Photomontage support to Novell Tullett, a Bristol based Landscape Architecture company.

Our CEO, Tim Hughes, says; “Arguably one of our most high-profile and challenging projects completed to date, it’s always rewarding to when planning is approved and even more celebrated when constructions begins, Most of all, this building will enhance this area of Bristol City Centre and provide much needed housing for the local area. This shows how important Verified Views are to completing a successful planning application in sensitive areas. We are also involved in a similar project in Swindon, Falcon House, providing surveying services to provide affordable homes in Swindon Town Centre and enhance an area that has been derelict for 20 odd years”.

The scheme will contain 300 apartments for private rent and 75 affordable homes.

We will be following this project closely as construction moves progresses over the coming years, with conclusion due to be in 2022.