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

The Surveying and Mapping Services industry provides a wide range of technical services. Demand for industry services largely depends on the performance of downstream construction industries. The industry's primary markets are building and construction companies; government departments and agencies; land development companies; professional service operators; and various utility and mining operators. The past five years have been defined by increased demand from downstream construction markets, both residential and nonresidential, leading to increased demand for much of the surveying and mapping services necessary for these projects. Consequently, revenue is expected to increase over the five years to 2017...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$8bn
Annual Growth 12-17
3.6%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
58,297
Businesses
17,473
Market Share of Companies
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry will return to growth as demand from the construction sector recovers
  • Despite employment growth, nonemployers and smaller operators have left the industry altogether
  • Demand from home builders is projected to continue rising, but at a slower rate
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Surveying and Mapping Services industry has grown steadily over the five years to 2017, including strong growth in the beginning of the period as the industry rebounded after a spell of decline. Since the early 2000s the industry has been largely influenced by trends in downstream construction markets. As a result, the industry experienced strong growth due to the rebounding residential construction market, as well as growth in corporate profit that boosted demand for private nonresidential buildings.Industry revenue fell in line with growth in the construction and housing markets during the five-year period. Demand from home builders began to rebound in 2012, causing industry revenue to grow 13.4% in that same year. Add...purchase to read more.

    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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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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 growth
  • Profits and employment
  • Competition growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Slower growth
  • Industry landscape
  • Competition
  • Table: Surveying & Mapping Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • 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
  • Topographical and planimetric surveying and mapping
  • Construction surveying
  • Other services
  • Geospatial processing services
  • 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
  • Other
  • Governmental bodies (federal, state and local)
  • Construction companies
  • Professional technical companies
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    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 competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Dewberry
  • Table: Dewberry - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Surveying & Mapping Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Demand From Home Builders (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    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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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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