Going off map: Poor conditions in several key markets have led to revenue declines

Surveying and mapping services are used to determine the physical dimensions of earth and space, delineate ownership of land, erect buildings and structures, and to create maps. The Surveying and Mapping Services industry derives the bulk of its revenue from providing traditional cadastral boundary surveying for construction markets, although the industry also derives substantial revenue from providing specialist surveying services for mining and energy developments. Furthermore, industry operators also provide detailed mapping and information services to support GPS navigation...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$3bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-4.6%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
14,850
Businesses
3,470
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators have faced a demand slump for surveying and mapping work from several markets
  • Residential building activity is expected to fall in 2017-18, dampening the industry’s performance
  • Short-term demand conditions are set to weaken due to further contraction in the housing market
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry has a medium degree of capital intensity despite its heavy reliance on the provision of skilled labour services. The industry allocates over one-third of its revenue in wage and salary payments to permanent employees, accounting for an estimated 38.4% of revenue in 2017-18. In addition, the industry workforce includes subcontracted labour along with working proprietors that draw income directly from operating profit. The industry also incurs depreciation charges accounting for an estimated 4.8% of annual industry revenue, which indicates that the industry currently allocates $8.00 to wage payments for every dollar spent on capital equipment...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Surveying and Mapping Services Industry

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

  • Economies of scope
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Access to the latest available technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from residential building construction and Demand from heavy and civil engineering construction in the Surveying and Mapping Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Surveying and Mapping Services Industry?

    Industry operators provide professional surveying services spanning a range of markets and disciplines. These include cadastral surveying, construction surveying, mapping services and integrated surveying services.

    Industry Products
  • Cadastral surveying
  • Construction surveying
  • Topographical and planimetric surveying
  • Geophysical and integrated surveying
  • Geospatial image acquisition and processing services
  • Industry Activities
  • Aerial surveying service
  • Cadastral surveying service
  • Engineering surveying service
  • Geodetic surveying on a contract or fee basis
  • Hydrographic and oceanographic surveying
  • Land surveying service
  • Map preparation service
  • Mining surveying service
  • Photogrammetry surveying on a contract or fee basis
  • Seismic surveying service
  • 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 residential building construction
  • Demand from heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Demand from engineering consulting

  • Current Performance
  • Profit wanes
  • Subdued building market
  • Mining and infrastructure markets
  • Public services and technology
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Construction growth supports surveying
  • Mining activity remains subdued
  • Profit strengthens
  • Table: Surveying and Mapping Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • House Construction
  • Road and Bridge Construction
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Non-Scheduled Air Transport
  • Telecommunications Services

  • Products & Services
  • Cadastral surveying
  • Construction surveying
  • Geophysical and integrated surveying
  • Topographical and planimetric surveying
  • Geospatial image acquisition and processing services
  • Chart: Surveying and Mapping Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction companies
  • Engineers and architects
  • Government and public authorities
  • Mining firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Surveying and Mapping Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Subcontractor payments
  • Rent
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Surveying and Mapping Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Surveying and Mapping Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Surveying and 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 and Mapping Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Airborne Laser Scanning
  • A sensing system permitting accurate elevation measurements for terrain modelling.
  • Cadastral
  • Land surveying that relates to the laws of land ownership and the definition of property boundaries. Particularly used in new subdivision development.
  • Cartography
  • The production of maps, including construction of projections, design, compilation, drafting and reproduction.
  • Hydrographic Surveying
  • The process of measuring, describing and mapping the surface waters of the earth.
  • Photogrammetry
  • The process of making surveys and maps by using photographic images.
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