Scaling down: Industry revenue has been wiped off the map due to weak demand conditions

Firms in the Surveying and Mapping Services industry determine the physical dimensions of earth and space to delineate ownership of land, erect buildings and structures, and create maps. The industry derives the bulk of its revenue from providing traditional cadastral boundary surveying for construction markets. The industry also derives revenue from providing specialist surveying services for mining and energy developments. Furthermore, industry operators provide detailed mapping and information services to support GPS navigation. While trends in key building and infrastructure markets mainly drive the industry’s performance, it is also influenced by advances in surveying and mapping technology, and competition from consulting firms that offer multi-discipline more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for surveying services has fallen in the mining and infrastructure markets
  • The current fall in residential building activity is expected to dampen the industry’s performance
  • The public sector’s shift towards outsourcing specialist surveying services will support demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Surveying and Mapping Services industry displays moderate capital intensity, despite its heavy reliance on skilled labour. Labour payments made to permanent employees represent the largest component of the industry's cost structure, with wage costs expected to account for 38.1% of revenue in 2018-19. 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, which are expected to account for 4.8% of revenue in the current year. As a result, the industry spends an estimated $7.94 on wage payments for every dollar spent on capital equipment in the current year...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Surveying and Mapping Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Surveying and Mapping Services are:

  • Economies of scope
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient 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
  • Engineering surveying
  • Mining, geophysical and integrated surveying
  • Topographical and planimetric 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
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • 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 trends
  • Subdued mining activity
  • Profit trends
  • 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
  • Mining, geophysical and integrated surveying
  • Engineering 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
  • Other markets
  • 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • 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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