Surveying the competition: Poor conditions in construction markets lead to industry 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 the provision of traditional cadastral boundary surveys and services provided to construction markets. Therefore, the industry's performance is heavily influenced by trends in building and infrastructure construction.The industry is expected to generate revenue totalling $3.3 billion in 2016-17, including an expected decline of 13.9% over the current more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Surveyors have faced subdued trends in key building markets over the past five years
  • Surveyors are expected to benefit from investment in major rail and road developments
  • Activity in the multi-unit apartment construction market is projected to regain solid growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry has a low concentration of ownership: it is characterised by many small-scale establishments with the four largest players accounting for less than 20.0% of industry revenue.The concentration of the industry has increased in recent years through merger and acquisition activity between several of the larger players. In April 2013, the operations of AAM and Vekta were merged to create one of the country's largest geospatial service providers. During 2014 and 2015, OTOC Limited made strategic acquisitions to strengthen its position in regional and specialist markets, taking over Bosco Jonson, Geo-Metric and THG. OTOC announced the acquisition of the Perth-based WKC Spatial in August 2016 and the Tasmania and South Australia-based Lester Franks in November 2016...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?

    Companies and independent consultants working in the industry 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
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit wanes
  • Subdued building market
  • Mining and infrastructure markets
  • 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
  • Geophysical and integrated surveying
  • Construction 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
  • 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
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Residential Building Construction (2008-2022)

  • 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.
  • 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 photographs.
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