Geophysical Surveying & Mapping Services Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 4/15/2024
SIC Codes: 1382, 8713
NAICS Codes: 541360
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Companies in this industry gather, interpret, and map geophysical data. Major companies include Global Geophysical Services, and NuTech Energy Alliance (all based in the US), as well as Logan International (Canada), TGS ASA and Petroleum Geo-Services (both based in Norway), and WesternGeco (UK).

Worldwide, oil and gas exploration drives demand for geophysical surveying and mapping services. To meet growing demand and make up for depletion of existing oil sources, new oil reserves must be discovered. The top five crude oil producers in 2021 were the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Iraq.

The US geophysical survey and mapping services industry includes about 900 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $2 billion.


Demand is driven by oil and gas exploration activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on their ability to maintain a steady flow of contract work. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in purchasing and administration, as well as the ability to serve major clients from multiple locations. Small companies can compete by specializing in a specific geography or survey type. The industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for about 80% of revenue.


Major services for geophysical surveying and mapping services include data collection, data sales, and integrated geophysical services. Integrated geophysical services and geophysical data processing each account for 25% of revenue. Other services include geophysical data acquisition (20%) and ...

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