Land Survey Equipment Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Land Survey Equipment Market by Application – Inspection, Monitoring, Volumetric Calculation, Layout Points

About the Report

The sales of land survey equipment went through a negative phase amid the spread of the Covid-19 crisis. The sales level in this market witnessed a downturn creating potential losses for the global manufacturers. As the condition is normalizing in 2021 due to strong and stringent government efforts, the top manufacturers are trying to recuperate the losses incurred through product diversifications and innovations.

Leading corporations including Trimble Inc., Suzhou Foif Co., Ltd., Topcon Corporation, Hexagon AB, Hi-Target Navigation Technology Corporation, Stonex, CHC Navigation, CST/Berger, South Surveying & Mapping Instrument Co. Ltd., Guangdong Kolida Instrument Co, and others are making high investments in the establishment of research institutes in different regions to come up with improvements in their offerings.

They are adopting business strategies such as sales contracts, strategic alliances, acquiring technical expertise, product approvals, patents and events, joint ventures, partnership agreements, collaborations, digital marketing, mergers and acquisitions, capacity utilisations, technological advancements, etc to lead the global land survey equipment market with largest market share.

For instance, Trimble and Amberg Technologies announced their collaboration to provide a tunnel survey solution. The hardware and software combination solution will enable construction, mining professionals, and surveying service providers. The Trimble and Amberg solution helps in performing underground tasks such as excavation guidance, control, automated survey, and so on.

In addition to this, Trimble launched the Trimble® Roadworks 3D Paving Control Platform for Asphalt Pavers. Trimble Roadworks is an automatic 3D screed control system that can significantly and very accurately improve paving productivity and rideability the newly launched platform minimizes asphalt usage, reduces waste, and finishes a project on time.

In terms of growth, Asia Pacific is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to the government’s initiatives and newly issued guidelines. The North American and European regions are expected to be lucrative owing to the emergence of new players. All the other key regions are driving the market growth and opening various opportunities for manufacturers to retain their position throughout the course of the forecast period.

Land Survey Equipment Market - Key Research Insights

  • The land survey equipment market is estimated to have a CAGR of ~6% over the forecast period, 2021-2031.
  • GNSS systems, total stations, UAVs, and theodolites are among prominent equipment expected to have significant sales in the market due to the necessity of these equipment in end use sectors.
  • By the end of 2031, regions such as Europe and East Asia, are estimated to govern a significant share in the market with a robust construction industry and noteworthy growth in sales of land survey equipment in other segments.
  • Volumetric calculations and layout points are estimated to garner a considerable share in the market with the intense application of these segments in the market.
    • Over the recent past, the construction industry, oil and gas demand, and mining sector have witnessed a sizable upsurge, primarily driven by the population growth and several other driving factors. This has resulted in increased land surveyors, which is estimated to drive the demand for land survey equipment market over the forecast period.

Top Factors Influencing the Growth of Land Survey Equipment Market

Increased Construction Activities to Escalate Sales

Significant growth in construction activities in the private and government sectors is projecting a promising picture for the land surveying equipment market. The eminent need of land survey equipment in construction activities to finalize legal boundaries of the site and to calculate all aspects of the land for proper volumetric calculations to plan further construction process accordingly is driving market growth.

New GNSS systems and GIS Asset collections prove handy to pinpoint the exact location of the asset and the site, which makes it easier for developers to keep track of the construction activities and carry out processes involved in land survey equipment.

Need of Inspection and Monitoring Equipment in Multiple Industries

Over the recent years, due to the negligence of the required safety measures, the incidents of accidents had exponentially increased in order to streamline the work with proper reliability and safety many customers in different end use industries have an increased inclination towards the utilization of land survey equipment for monitoring and inspection which paced up the market for inspection and monitoring equipment to have a proper inspection and monitoring of the remote locations where the manual monitoring is not achievable or is a too tedious task to execute.

Increased Precision and Accuracy Attracting More Customers

Vigorous research and development activities undertaken by land survey equipment manufacturers are supporting the development of advanced and better products in the aspect of technology. Inculcation of new manufacturing practices to cut off costs is providing value for money products, which is further encouraging customers towards procurement of concerned land survey equipment and also has initiated a trend of replacement of conventional products with new products.

Land Survey Equipment Market Structure Analysis

  • The global land survey equipment market is moderately consolidated, with top 5 companies holding dominant share in terms of production. Land survey equipment are exported to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, etc., in bulk quantities.
  • Considerable investments by companies to bring new and robust products are projected to exploit the land survey equipment market growth over the forecast period.
    • Key participants involved in the land survey equipment market are increasing their distribution channels in varied groups by focusing on the establishment of distributors and retailer chains in the market.
    • Globally recognized brands, such as Robert Bosch, Hexagon, Topcon Positioning Group, and Seco, have hefty shares in the global market.

Image-Based Target Detection with ‘Robotic’ Total Stations for ‘Fast-Paced’ Land Surveys

Diverse applications – construction, mining, and oil & gas – tend to couple land survey equipment with automated technologies for enhanced monitoring of land. Advanced land survey equipment, such as robotic total stations (RTS), deliver 3D coordinates for stationary as well as moving entities by quantifying horizontal and vertical angles, as well as distances with the help of time-of-flight techniques.

Robotic total stations, armed with cameras, create images for documentation purposes, setting the stage for detection and tracking of objects left unnoticed by reflectors. Photogrammetric methods, including SURF (speeded-up robust feature), and SIFT (scale-invariant feature transform), are employed in robotic total stations to monitor specific, and clear aspects of the objects in the images.

Following the calibration of the parallaxes between the camera optical center and the total station origin, the pixel coordinates of the aspects provide vertical and horizontal angles. In addition, the motion of the objects is tracked automatically in case the aspects are derived in an array of images.

RTS land survey equipment operate from building models, reducing manual intervention, and enhancing accuracy. RTS requires a single individual to perform land survey in lieu of traditional layout teams, decreasing dependence on labor. Further, land surveying with RTS is paperless affair following the measurements are stored in the tablet devices.

GNSS-RTK Land Survey Equipment – Cost Efficiency and Accurate Positioning

As a breakthrough technology in position determination, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) – a technological headway in position determination - is becoming commonplace in land survey equipment. GNSS land survey equipment deliver cm-degree position referencing of orthomosaic images and 3D models sans Ground Control Points (GCPs), saving time associated with planning and surveying.

GNSS manufacturers are launching receivers that rely on smartphone apps for data acquisition, dismissing the need for an independent data collector to gather cm-degree location information. With the onset of smartphone apps, GNSS receivers are becoming cost-efficient. Coupled with real time kinematic (RTK), the accuracy of GNSS positioning improves - from a few meters to centimeters. This is attributed to the usage of carrier phase measurements in lieu of code phase measurements used by legacy GNSS receivers.

With electronics goliaths, including Xiaomi, introducing dual-frequency GNSS chipset in mobile devices, smartphones are emerging as ideal location tools to achieve greater accuracies. The advent of dual-frequency GNSS chipsets enables surveyors to perform exploration activities with better efficacy.

Increasing Land Exploration Activities in Developed and Developing Countries

Mining operators in China, the US, and Russia are performing land exploration activities in a bid to cater to rising demands for minerals, particularly coal, for a range of purposes. The operators are supposed to survey the land in compliance with regulations to prevent boundary dispute with nearby licenses.

Surging demand for oil & gas in Middle East & Africa – Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq – drives the growth upstream land explorations for oil & gas. As such, market players are eyeing the target regions to offer land survey equipment for safe and efficient monitoring of the desired land. Furthermore, China is undergoing massive infrastructural development under the 13th five-year plan, while India is on the same line under the smart cities project – an attention-grabbing factor for land survey equipment manufacturers.

Leading Players Developing Customer-centric and Application-specific Equipment

Monitoring distant locations in industries like oil & gas, and mining involves considerably high risks of serious potential dangers to human safety as well as assets. Employing GIS (Geospatial Information System) to acquire data regarding hard-to-access areas counters the excessive risk factor. In addition, land survey equipment find application during reconnaissance activities of oil wells and new sites to find new reservoirs.

To enhance user experience, market forces are designing smartphone-based land survey apps coupled with GNSS for accurate land survey activities. Land survey equipment require maintenance after complete inspection of the desired land, as such, market players are offering after sales services to the customers for proper maintenance of the equipment.

How Growth will Unfold

Proper and sufficient lands on the concerned locations in metropolitan regions are on the edge of shortage, giving rise to incidents of encroachment and illegal possession. Majority of such incidents invite repugnant legal disputes. Customers are turning to precise analyzation and legal survey of the land to ensure the legal boundaries meeting the required technicalities and prevention of legal conflicts in unison.

Construction buildings are liable to catastrophes due to technical faults and erroneous survey, resulting in humongous loss of resources and lives. As such, builders are embracing advanced land survey equipment for accurate monitoring of the constraints of the concerned site in a bid to plan accordingly and design well-suited infrastructures.

Further, next-gen technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), are spectated to complement existing land survey equipment and methods to enable straightforward operations. Cloud-based data acquisition will stand akimbo as the norm for instant access of data, accompanied by UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).


Product Type

  • GNSS
  • Theodolite
  • Level Equipment
    • Total Station
  • Laser Scanning
  • UAV
  • GIS Asset Collection
  • Data Collectors

By Application

  • Inspection
  • Monitoring
  • Volumetric Calculation
  • Layout Points

End Use

  • Oil & Gas
  • Construction
    • By Government
    • By Non-Government
  • Mining
  • Agriculture


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Japan

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