Seeking direction: A sharp decline in global commodity prices led to decreased demand for industry services

The past five years have been defined by lower demand from downstream nonresidential construction markets, which, in turn, was driven by a sharp decline in global commodity prices between 2014 and 2016. As Canadian oil, gas and mining companies cut back spending on exploration and development projects and construction stalled in resource-rich provinces, demand for surveying and mapping services necessary for these projects fell. The growth of downstream construction markets is expected to create demand for the Surveying and Mapping Services industry over the next five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The growth of downstream construction markets promises to create demand
  • The decline across downstream construction markets was short lived
  • The housing market recovery has been fuelled by government stimulus
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Cadastral, property line and boundary surveyingCadastral, property line and boundary surveying represents an estimated 44.4% of industry revenue. This segment is directly correlated to the health of residential and commercial property markets, Therefore, demand for these services has expanded as the housing market has grown over the past five years. The pace of revenue growth in cadastral surveying is constrained by the advancement in surveying and data storage technologies, which reduce the time allocation per transaction in the long-term. An area of industry expansion over the past decade has been in developing GPS that involves satellites and 3-D positioning with Earth-based equipment for surveying, mapping and navigation. GPS...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 Value of nonresidential construction and Value of residential construction 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
  • Topographical and planimetric surveying and mapping
  • Geophysical surveying and mapping
  • 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
  • Non-geophysical mining surveying services
  • Non-geophysical 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
  • Value of nonresidential construction
  • Value of residential construction
  • Government expenditure and investment
  • Overnight rate

  • Current Performance
  • Construction turndown
  • Profitability and industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand from construction industries
  • Adoption of new technology
  • Profit expansion entices entry
  • 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 In Canada
  • Engineering Services in Canada
  • Public Administration in Canada
  • Commercial Building Construction in Canada
  • Road & Highway Construction in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling in Canada
  • Data Processing & Hosting Services in Canada
  • Laboratory Supply Wholesaling in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Cadastral, property line and boundary surveying
  • Other
  • Geophysical surveying and mapping
  • Topographical and planimetric surveying and mapping
  • Chart: Surveying & Mapping Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Other businesses
  • Construction, architecture, engineering and technical companies
  • Individuals and households
  • Government (federal, provincial and municipal)
  • Sales outside of Canada
  • 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
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and Utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Surveying & Mapping Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Surveying & 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 & 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
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Value of nonresidential construction (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    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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