The surveying and mapping industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in surveying and mapping services of the surface of the earth, including the sea floor. These services may include surveying and mapping of areas above or below the surface of the earth, such as the creating over ground and underground utility easements. Utility easements are areas of a property that are predefined for use by utility companies to construct and maintain electric, water, sewer, telephone, and cable television lines.
This report also covers the land & hydrographic surveying market.
Some of the major companies in the market are Fugro N.V., Secom Group, Stantec Inc., AECOM, and Surveying and Mapping LLC.
The countries covered are China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, USA, Brazil and Australia.
The global surveying and mapping services market was valued at $42.17 billion in 2017. Western Europe was the largest region in the surveying and mapping services market, accounting for nearly 30% market share. The US was the largest country in the surveying and mapping services market, accounting for over 18% share in the market.
Companies in the surveying and mapping services industry are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones for faster and cost-efficient surveying. Instead of theodolites, infrared reflectors, and GPS, surveyors can now use drones that autonomously pilot with the push of a button. UAVs are an affordable alternative to field survey personnel, allowing companies to complete projects at a lower cost and with fewer staff. It also helps in capturing data that is more complete over the majority of a site thereby allowing onsite staff to focus on specific areas which may require on-the-ground detail acquisition. For instance, Meridian Surveying Engineering Inc., uses a drone which is managed by a certified pilot to quickly collect accurate site data.
The Surveying and Mapping Services Global Market is segmented By Type of service - Hydrographic Surveying, Cadastral Surveying, Topographic Surveying, and Other Land Surveying Services.
Hydrographic Surveying Market This includes establishments which provide measurements of critical features that impact maritime navigation, marine construction, dredging, offshore oil exploration/offshore oil drilling and other related activities. Examples include surveying activities to help oil and gas exploration and drilling wells.
Cadastral Surveying Market This includes establishments which provide services such as conducting or supervising surveys and advising, reporting, defining, or amending the lines, boundaries or corners of parcels of land or land covered with water. Examples include residential and commercial construction surveys. Surveys of this type are commonly conducted as part of the process of buying or selling property or land.
Topographic Surveying Market This includes establishments which provide topographic surveys that identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features on the surface of the earth or slightly above or below the earth's surface. Examples include heavy constructions such as road, tunnels, and oil pipelines among others.
Other Land Surveying Services This includes establishments which provide services such as construction layout of high-rise steel structures, 3-D laser scanning for commercial and residential developments, buildings, highways, bridges, utilities, waterways and property acquisitions.