On the map: Improvements across construction markets will fuel the industry's continuous recovery

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Surveying & Mapping Services provides up-to-date sales and market data, allowing you to identify the product and customer segments driving revenue growth. The report identifies the leading companies in the industry, and offers strategic analysis of the key factors influencing the market. Our data forecasts are accompanied by full analysis to illustrate how the market is responding to dominant and emerging trends.


Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry will return to growth as demand from the construction sector recovers
  • The slump in housing investment narrowed profit margins for many small-scale surveyors
  • Industry operators will benefit from improved nonresidential construction

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Demand for surveying and mapping services largely depends on the performance of downstream construction industries. As the housing bubble burst, residential and commercial construction markets collapsed, leading to a decline in demand for industry services. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to increase only marginally over the five years to 2016. Fortunately for the industry, the next five years are expected to represent a period of continued growth for the construction sector. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to rise during the period...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Surveying and Mapping Services industry is characterized by a low level of capital intensity. In 2016, industry depreciation charges (used as a proxy for spending on capital) are estimated to account for 2.2% of annual revenue. To remain competitive, operators adopt new technologies, such as the digitization of land information, GPS equipment and other electronic measurement devices. While these technologies have enhanced labor productivity over the past 20 years, labor remains the primary production input. The principal value added supplied by this industry is the provision of skilled labor. In 2016, wages are estimated to represent 42.2% of industry revenue, which indicates that the industry is labor-intensive. IBISWorld estimates that industry operators will spend $0.05 o..

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    Additional Insights for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry are

  • Well-developed internal processes
  • Economies of scope
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from home builders and Government consumption and investment in the Surveying & Mapping Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry?

    Operators in this industry perform surveying and mapping services of the surface of the earth, including the sea floor. These services may include surveying and mapping areas above or below the surface of the earth, such as the creation of view easements or segregating rights in parcels of land by creating underground utility easements, which give certain rights to real property without possessing it.

    Industry Products
    Cadastral, property line and boundary surveying
    Construction surveying
    Topographical and planimetric surveying and mapping
    Geospatial processing services
    Subdivision layout and design services
    Engineering services
    Geophysical processing services
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Aerial surveying services
    Cadastral surveying services
    Aerial photography services
    Geodetic surveying services on a contract or fee basis
    Gravimetric surveying services
    Land surveying services
    Map preparation services
    Nongeophysical mining surveying services
    Nongeophysical hydrographic and oceanographic surveying services
    Photogrammetry seismic surveying services on a contract or fee basis

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from home builders
  • Government consumption and investment
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Local and state government investment
  • Demand from heavy engineering construction

  • Current Performance
  • Construction roller coaster
  • Profit recovers but employment growth remains slow
  • Competition growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Recession roller coaster
  • Industry landscape
  • Competition growth
  • Table: Surveying & Mapping Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Surveying & Mapping Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Utilities
  • Engineering Services
  • Public Administration
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Road & Highway Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Charter Flights
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Data Processing & Hosting Services
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Laboratory Supply Wholesaling
  • Space Research and Technology

  • Products & Services
  • Cadastral, property line and boundary surveying
  • Geospatial processing services
  • Topographical and planimetric surveying and mapping
  • Other services
  • Construction surveying
  • Engineering services
  • Subdivision layout and design services
  • Geophysical processing services
  • Chart: Surveying & Mapping Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • New construction
  • Public funding

  • Major Markets
  • Land subdivision and development companies
  • Governmental bodies (federal, state and local)
  • Construction companies
  • Energy, utility and mining companies
  • Professional technical companies
  • Nonprofit operators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Surveying & Mapping Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
  • Table: Dewberry - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Demand From Home Builders (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Cadastral Surveying
  • A survey related to boundaries and the subdivision of land.
  • Cartography
  • The production of maps, including construction of projections, design, compilation, drafting and reproduction.
  • Hydrographic Surveying
  • A survey that measures, describes and maps the surface waters of the earth.
  • Photogrammetry
  • An activity that involves determining geometric properties of objects based on photographic images.
  • Surveying
  • The process of establishing ground control, providing construction control and setting out and undertaking cadastral surveys. Specialized equipment is used for very high-precision industrial surveys.
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