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Canada Geotechnical Services Market Size, Share and COVID-19 Impact Analysis By Type (Underground City Space, Slope and Excavation, and Ground and Foundation), By End-user (Municipal, Bridge and Tunnel, Oil & Gas, Mining, Marine, Building Construction, and Others), and Forecast, 2021-2028

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The Canada Geotechnical Services Market size was USD 179.2 million in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 187.1 million in 2021 to USD 272.5 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.5% in the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with the geotechnical service witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, this Market exhibited a huge decline of -7.3% in 2020. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Geotechnical engineering can be defined as a branch of civil engineering that lays emphasis on understanding the nature of the earth and its materials below the surface. These services are applied at the time of planning infrastructures such as bridges, roads, dams, and tunnels along with buildings and other onshore and offshore constructions. These services involve surveys, numerical calculations, analyzing the stability of cliffs and slopes, settlement and deformation in man-made structures, and assessing load-bearing capacity. High growth in the construction & infrastructure industry across the globe is a major factor driving the market growth.

Standstill Operations of Many Industries Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Affects On Geotechnical Services

COVID-19 was first found in China in December 2019 and has since become a global health threat, affecting more than 195 countries. The construction & infrastructure sector is one of the sectors impacted majorly owing to nationwide lockdowns announced in Covid-19 infected countries. The governments of many countries imposed lockdowns which resulted in delays in various construction projects. Supply chain disruptions and unavailability of manpower created issues in project financing. In March 2020, Boston was the first city in the U.S. to shut down all emergency construction work to curb the COVID-19 outbreak as virus-related deaths and infections mounted and this provided a negative impact on this market.

Furthermore, COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in suspension of several oil & gas, mining, and renewable projects across the country. In April 2020, Ørsted, a Denmark-based company stated that at least five of its projects off the U.S. East Coast could be delayed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. These projects are said to have a total generation capacity of about 3 GW, could fall victim to a slowed permitting process caused by shutdowns.


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Rising Offshore Exploration and Production Activities to Drive Market Growth.

The Canadian government is highly focusing on improving onshore and offshore oil & gas production within the country. Investment in this sector is also widely increasing in the country due to the aboundance of oil & gas reserve. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) have estimated an increase of 14% in investments in the year 2021 in upstream of natural gas & oil. In 2021, the capital expenditure is expected to be around USD 3.4 billion higher and the total investment in 2020 was USD 24 billion in this sector. The geotechnical services are used to help in sampling the seabed characteristics in order to ensure the location conditions are viable.

The consumption of oil & gas is increasing day-by-day and Canada exports large amounts of oil to the U.S. To address the rising demand for fuels, companies are moving toward new areas and working on more deep and remote offshore areas. This makes the geotechnical survey a necessity in exploration activities. Thus, these factors are expected to create wide opportunities for this market during the forecast period.


Rising Investment in Wind Energy to Drive Growth of Geotechnical Service Market

The awareness regarding the environment is widely increasing among the government and population of Canada. This increases the regulations regarding the environment and pushes the government to focus more toward guarding the environment from hazardous factors. This increases the implementation of renewable energy sources as the burning of fossil fuels is a major cause of air pollution that harms the environment significantly. The investment in the renewable sector is widely increasing as installations in wind capacity and solar sources of energy follow. By the end of 2020, Canada’s total installed wind capacity was around 13.5 GW of which more than 166 MW was installed in 2020.

Canada is one of the leading countries in the production and consumption of renewable energy. The country is significantly installing offshore wind energy sources and also focusing significantly towards the development in the offshore wind and marine industry. In 2019, the federal government budget indicates that around USD 14.8 billion was spent on infrastructure projects that includes promoting renewable power plants in the country. Increasing wind energy installations fuel the demand geotechnical surveys as this service helps in physically testing or sampling the respective locations of installation of wind farms. Thus, the rising capacity of renewable sources and rising investment will boost the the Canada Geotechnical Services Market growth.

High Growth in Construction Industry Will Fuel Market Growth

Construction activities are rising immensely in Canada across the residential, commercial, industrial, utility, and infrastructural sectors. The Canadian construction industry has been boosting due to an immense rise in the population and economic position of the country due to strong immigration policies. This increases the demand for housing and infrastructure development in the country. The Canadian government has implemented the Canada Infrastructure Program (CIP) and the government is constantly increasing investments in this sector.

In Canada, more than 206 public-private partnership projects were operational with around 37 projects currently under construction including healthcare, transportation, education, and other projects. In April 2021, the state of Maine was awarded the construction contract for a new bridge that will connect the northern part of the state to the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The project involves a large-scale geotechnical survey. This survey helps in understanding site conditions, and design & construction recommendations to the construction personnel.


Higher Geotechnical Service Cost to Hinder Market Growth

The cost of geotechnical equipment is highly dependent on multiple factors and it keeps on increasing with an increase in the range, accuracy, precision, resolution, and repeatability. The cost also increases with the increase in the use of advanced sensors, software, and complex data acquisition systems. Further, geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring solutions and their associated services involve the usage of various software and hardware due to high technological advances, the cost of such hardware and software depends primarily on the complexity of structures. Thus, the high cost of geotechnical services acts as a restraining factor for geotechnical investigation service providers in the market.


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Underground City Space Segment Held Dominant Market Share in 2020

On the basis of type, the market is segmented into underground city space, slope and excavation, and ground and foundation. The underground city space segment held a dominant share of the market in 2020. This service is majorly used for constructing underground tunnels for rails, metros, water & gas pipelines, and other public service facilities. In Canada, the population is increasing rapidly as the number of immigrants is increasing and this increases demand for public service facilities like metro, rail, and other public services. In July 2020, in Canada, the province of British Columbia awarded USD 1.32 billion worth of contract of the Acciona-Ghella consortium for the Broadway Subway Project. The scope of this project includes the design and construction of around 5.7 km of the underground network. The government of British Columbia has planned to complete the project by 2025 and geotechnical engineering work is to be completed by 2021.

The ground and foundation segment is likely to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The ground and foundation service is used before the construction of the building, municipal activities, defense activities, and others. Increasing bridge, tunnel, and municipal projects in Canada increase demand for ground and foundation services in the country.

By End-user Analysis

Municipal Segment  to Dominate the Canada Market

Based on the end-user, the market is segmented into municipal, bridge and tunnel, oil & gas, mining, marine, building construction, and others. The municipal segment is estimated to dominate the market. This segment consists of such geotechnical services which are used for utility pipeline construction, dam construction, government buildings, power plant construction, and airports among others.

The government in Canada is highly focusing on infrastructure development and upgrading works. The geotechnical survey is an important part of all these construction activities that come under the municipal segment. In September 2020, the city of Toronto, the TTC, Metrolinx, and Region of York announced plan to  extend the Yonge Branch line by 7.4 Kms through the Thornhill area of Markham and Vaughan to Richmond Hill. The involved two agencies and two municipalities are starting the preliminary planning and design. The geotechnical survey continues till October 2020 for the Yonge North Subway project.

The bridge & tunnel, building, and construction segment is also estimated to contribute significantly to the growth of this market during the forecast period. The construction activities in Canada are widely increasing. The infrastructural development in the country is going on and the government is also widely investing in the construction segment. The government of Canada announced infrastructure funding nationwide over 12 years of over CAD 180 billion in 2016. Since the implementation of this finding, around 35,336 new projects across all sectors have been approved with a total value of around CAD 25.5 billion. The geotechnical services play an important role in the construction of these infrastructures. The rising construction activities in Canada increase the geotechnical services market share.


Key Participants are Primarily Focusing on New Contracts

This market is fragmented owing to the large number of players operating in the market. Currently, Fugro, AECOM, Stantec, and Kiewit Corporation lead the market accounting for a dominant share in 2020. The major players in the market are employing several strategies to consolidate their position in the market. Focusing on new geotechnical service contracts is one of the preferred strategies by companies. For instance, in May 2021, Fugro announced that it has been awarded a contract by Equinor to investigate 1,200 meter deep waters of Canada’s Flemish Pass. Fugro will run a field campaign that will involve an environmental survey, soil investigation, and seabed survey from July until August. The Seabed and environmental survey will be performed using the Echo Surveyor VIII which is Fugro’s newest autonomous underwater vehicle.


  • Keller Group Plc (U.K.)

  • AECOM (U.S.)

  • Stantec (Canada)

  • Fugro (Netherlands)

  • WSP (Canada)

  • SGS (Canada)

  • Tetra Tech (U.S.)

  • TERRAPEX (Canada)

  • Canadian Geo Parkland (UAE)

  • Canadian Engineering Services (Canada)


  • In October 2020, WSP extended the business of Canadian tunnels with world-class experts. This expansion will help WSP grow the practice for tunnels and deliver timely solutions with innovative & cost-effective factors. The company announced to deliver best-in-class projects with innovative. Timely, cost-effective solutions. It focuses on local needs and ground conditions along with working extensively with leading-edge technology, including BIM, VDC, and ground/structure interactions.

  • In April 2020, Keller Group Plc worked on a research project to make more sustainable geotechnical energy.  Keller Group plc collaborated with the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability. This research project aims toward embedding sustainable development as a framework and identifying & implementing best practices in geotechnical companies


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The Canada Geotechnical Services Market research report includes a detailed industry analysis and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, leading type, and end-user of the market. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the advanced market over recent years.




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By Type and By End-user

By Type

  • Underground City Space

  • Slope and Excavation

  • Ground And Foundation

By End-user

  • Municipal

  • Bridge and Tunnel

  • Oil & Gas

  • Mining

  • Marine

  • Building Construction

  • Others

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the Canada market size was USD 179.2 million in 2020.

The Canada market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% in the forecast period

The underground city space type segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

The Canada industry size is anticipated to reach USD 272.5 million by 2028 growing at a substantial CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period (2021 -2028)

High growth in the construction & infrastructure industry driving the growth of the market.

Fugro, AECOM, Stantec, and Keller Group are the key players in the Canada market.

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