In addition to specific equipment trends, the Surveying & Mapping Industry Equipment User Study, conducted in by Clear Seas Research in 2019, was able to point to some broader industry trends. Among these was a rise in the percentage of companies reporting their primary surveying application is in building and construction. Coupled with engineering design surveys, the two categories account for just over 50 percent of surveying.

On the equipment side, some of the more consistent tools in use range from basic components like tripods and magnetic locators to data collectors and controllers. These appear to remain pretty steady while newer technologies such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are showing a steady rise in interest and purchase plans.

The user report, published in February 2020, is available to POB Premium members at

Data included in the user report, which will not be in the March feature:

  • Construction applications on the rise for land surveying equipment use. Surveyors report increases in construction demand for services.
  • Are more sophisticated tools replacing the standards? Examine trends from total stations and GNSS to lasers and UAVs.
  • How much do survey firms plan to spend on equipment, and for what categories? Budget totals are on the rise.

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