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Underground Utility Mapping Market Size, COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI4065

Underground Utility Mapping Market size is anticipated to witness healthy growth during 2023 to 2032, owing to its increasing adoption in construction and infrastructure projects. The growing development of industries and surging urbanization is also likely to create a broad scope for the market adoption.

In January 2023, the U.S. government announced an infrastructure investment of over USD 1.2 billion from the National Infrastructure Project Assistance discretionary grant program for 9 projects across the country, creating more impetus for the adoption of underground utility mapping technology.

Many city planners and governments across the globe are increasingly utilizing advanced underground utility mapping tools to meet the utility and infrastructure demand of their growing urban areas, presenting new pathways for underground utility mapping market growth.

In fact, initiatives such as the National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) program by the UK government, for managing and maintaining underground assets efficiently, are paving the way for the market revenue.

Underground utility mapping utilizes various technologies and services to locate underground assets such as electric wires, cables, or pipelines. Its deployment helps project planners accurately determine budget for a construction work beforehand. It is a vital aspect of modern civil engineering and is a money and time-saving option.

Based on product, the underground utility mapping market from the ground penetrating radar segment is set to show healthy growth through 2032. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology is widely used owing to its high level of efficiency and accuracy. In addition, it can differentiate between metallic and non-metallic objects while also providing depth, thickness, and dimension estimates for targets.

Recent innovations in GPR technology such as faster processing of large data sets, algorithm improvements, and new hardware with increased sensitivity, among others fostered its demand. Owing to its high-resolution pictures, quick data capture, and lower expenses during utility mapping surveys, it is widely deployed by utility developers.

With respect to application, the underground utility mapping market from the telecommunication sector is estimated to register considerable gains between 2023 and 2032, ascribed to growing efforts to bring 5G technology across the globe. The telecom industry is one of the major users of underground utility mapping technology and often uses it to lay down communication lines.

Government support for the telecom sector, such as the one announced by the UK in December 2022, for the nation’s 5G and 6G technology adoption efforts, as part of its £110 million (USD 131 million) for the telecoms R&D package.

Regionally, North America underground utility mapping market is expected to see noticeable growth during the forecast timeframe, driven by the surging adoption of 5G networks and the internet. In fact, in February 2023, the USDA announced that it will invest over USD 63 million to provide high-speed internet access to rural areas such as Michigan, Mississippi, and others.

Furthermore, regional growth can also be ascribed to consistent developments across the oil and gas sector. In fact, proven reserves of U.S. lease condensate and crude oil increased by 6.2 billion barrels at the end of 2021. The current advancements in electrical infrastructure are further set to contribute to regional growth.

Some of the leading companies operating in the underground utility mapping market include GSSI, Vivax-Metrotech, Sensors & Software, Stanlay, Diversified Communications, Enviroscan, Plowman Craven Limited, U.S. Radar, Geotec Surveys, and Landscope Engineering Ltd. Many of these firms are focusing on partnerships to reinforce their industry position. Citing an instance, in April 2021, ProStar Geocorp, a U.S.-based software company unveiled its partnership with Vivax Metrotech, a U.S.-based electronic manufacturer, for integrating its flagship product PointMan® into the Vivax Metrotech vLoc3 with real-time kinematic technology.

Impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on underground utility mapping market

The Russia-Ukraine war has impacted various technology sectors, electronics being one of them. It also affected the global supply chains that were already disrupted due to the pandemic. With the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips, innovations in the market and manufacturing of underground utility mapping systems has been limited. Both Ukraine and Russia sit on vast reserves of raw materials used for semiconductor chip production. The longer the conflict continues the more market is likely to be constrained. 

This underground utility mapping market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of USD from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

Market, By Product Type

  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Radio Detection
  • Acoustic Locating
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Magnetic Locators and Wires

Market, By Service Type

  • Vacuum Excavators
  • Specialty Services
  • Private Utility Locating
  • Leak Detection

Market, By Applications

  • Telecommunication
  • Electricity
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas
  • Government and Public Safety

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • APAC
    • China
    • Japan
    • Australia & New Zealand (ANZ)
    • South Korea
    • India
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Israel


What Information does this report contain?

Historical data coverage: 2018 to 2022; Growth Projections: 2023 to 2032.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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