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The Canada geotechnical services market size was worth USD 235.37 million in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 249.42 million in 2023 to USD 348.86 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.91% during the forecast period.
Geotechnical services involve studying the behaviour of soil, rock, and groundwater to understand their impact on construction, infrastructure, and environmental projects. These services provide valuable information for designing safe and stable structures, including buildings, bridges, and dams and assessing the potential risks such as landslides or soil erosion. Moreover, geotechnical engineers analyze subsurface conditions, conduct soil testing, and provide recommendations to ensure the success and safety of various projects.
Disruptions in End-User’s Activities Had a Negative Impact on the Market Growth
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian market was negative. Many construction activities were delayed or cancelled due to lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, and economic uncertainty. This directly affected the demand for geotechnical services, as fewer new projects were initiated. Moreover, geotechnical investigations often require site visits and fieldwork. COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns led to limitations on travel and field activities, slowing down data collection and analysis. Many businesses, including those in the construction and infrastructure sectors, faced financial challenges during the pandemic. In addition, clients' budget constraints affected their ability to invest in geotechnical studies and services. Furthermore, the mining sector also witnessed fewer mineral exploration investments in 2020. This was attributed to the slowdown of overall manufacturing activities, resulting in uncertainty in demand for minerals, consequently hampering the market growth.
For instance, according to Canada's (Department of the Government of Canada, accountable for minerals and metals, energy, earth sciences, mapping, and others) Natural Resources Minerals and Mining Publications, mineral spending is expected to decline in most territories and provinces in 2023. The largest declines are anticipated for Nunavut (-28%) and British Columbia (-33%), owing to a few large projects transitioning from deposit appraisal and exploration to construction.
Shift Toward Renewable Energy is one of the Key Trends in the Market
The shift toward renewable energy is one of the key trends in the Canada geotechnical services market share. These services are essential for assessing the suitability of sites for renewable energy projects, such as wind farms, solar installations, and hydropower plants. Detailed geotechnical studies help identify soil stability, foundation design, and terrain suitability. So, a shift toward renewable energy is expected to propel the market growth.
For instance, in August 2023, Vestas secured an order for a 148 MW Canadian wind project. The order includes supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 10-year service agreement to ensure the optimized performance of the asset.
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Increased Infrastructure Development to Drive the Market Growth
Geotechnical services play a critical role in infrastructure development by providing essential information about the ground conditions at construction sites. As countries invest in upgrading and expanding their infrastructure, including roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and public transportation systems, the demand for geotechnical services rises. These services help ensure the stability and durability of structures, preventing issues such as foundation failures or structural collapse. Before any construction project begins, geotechnical engineers assess the suitability of the land for the intended infrastructure. Due to the increase in infrastructure, the land investigation services and other services keep increasing.
For instance, a federal investment of USD 21.1 million will allow the Pays de la Sagouine, one of New Brunswick's premier tourist and cultural attractions, to transform the visitor experience through the construction of new buildings, a new pedestrian bridge, a multi-use trail and a boardwalk with a viewpoint to be improved and a terrace with kiosks.
Increased Focus On Climate Resiliency in Railway Projects to Bolster the Market Growth
An increased focus on climate resiliency in railway projects is one of the factors driving Canada geotechnical services market growth. Climate change leads to increased extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall, flooding, and landslides. Geotechnical services play a crucial role in assessing the suitability of railway construction sites in vulnerable areas and designing infrastructure that can withstand these challenges.
For instance, the Great Sandhills Rail, Southern Saskatchewan Climate Resiliency Project, Saskatchewan will receive USD 221,292 to conduct geotechnical surveys and excavations and to install cutting-edge geotextile technologies to stabilize and enhance roadbed drainage along sections of track highly exposed to the impact of climate change, as per Transport Canada.
High Cost of Offshore Geotechnical Services May Hinder the Market Growth
The high cost of geotechnical services is hampering the growth of this market. The solution has multiple services, such as geotechnical design, offshore site investigations, foundation design and installation analysis, cable route analysis and planning, and others and each has its initial cost, and involve complex activities, procedures, and surveys that have high cost per location. Due to the complex tools and technique procedures, the cost of offshore equipment and machinery is high. In addition, the cost of advanced technology used in geotechnical monitoring and instrumentation solutions is a major market restraint.
Moreover, the budget and cost of services may vary depending on the offshore location and the complexity of the tools, which also negatively impacts the market growth.
Underground City Space Segment Holds the Largest Share due to Environmental Aspects and Urbanization in Canada
Based on type, the market is segmented into underground city space, slope and excavation, and ground and foundation.
The underground city space segment has the dominating market share. Due to urban management environmental aspects, industry trends are growing. The underground city space segment within this market pertains to the planning, designing, and developing subterranean spaces within urban environments. This could include underground facilities such as tunnels, basements, parking structures, utility tunnels, and underground urban areas. The demand for underground spaces arises from the need to accommodate urban population growth, optimize land usage, and address challenges such as congestion and limited surface area.
Ground and foundation types are also one of the major segments in the market. Geotechnical engineers often evaluate ground and foundation types to decide the most appropriate solutions for construction projects. The geotechnical services demand associated with ground and foundation types is expected to grow as infrastructure development and urban expansion persist.
Municipal Segment Dominates Due to Huge Investment in Municipalities
In terms of end-user, the market is segmented into municipal, bridge and tunnel, oil & gas, mining, marine, building construction, and others.
The municipal segment is dominating the market. The Budget 2022 invested USD 259.5 million in municipalities, comprising more than USD 141 million via special assistance, municipal operations, Canada community building, and community enhancement employment aid. In addition, USD 10 million was for projects under the municipal capital works program, and more than USD 73 million was for community infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada infrastructure program.
The bridge and tunnel is also one of the major segments in the market. For instance, in January 2022, the Ontario government and its major delivery partners, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario, gave a contract worth USD 729.2 million to West End Connectors.
The mining segment is market share is expected to decline during the forecast period. This is attributed to declining mineral exploration spending. According to Canada's (Department of the Government of Canada, accountable for minerals and metals, energy, earth sciences, mapping, and others) Natural Resources Minerals and Mining Publications, Mineral spending is expected to decline in most territories and provinces in 2023.
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Keller Group plc is a Major Player as it offers Solutions to a Broad Range of Geotechnical Challenges Across the Entire Construction Spectrum
Keller Group Plc is one of the leaders in geotechnical engineering services that provides technical and advanced solutions and ground behaviour services to the construction industry.
Its services are widely used in ground activities, including foundation support, ground retention, ground controls, environmental protection, and others, and deliver effective and efficient quality.
The report provides a detailed market analysis. It provides essential information on key products, leading segment information, key market developments, and leading product applications. Along with this information, it provides insights into the market trends. The above factor will reflect the market growth in the coming year.
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CAGR of 4.91% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Million)
By Type and By End-User
Fortune Business Insights says that the Canadian market for geotechnical services was worth USD 235.37 million in 2022.
The market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.91% during the forecast period (2023-2030).
By type, the underground city space segment holds the largest share.
Keller Group plc, Fugro, AECOM, and WSP are some of the top players in the market.
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