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The Daily

Monday, April 16, 2007

The resource based boom in the West helped propel the surveying and mapping industry to $2.3 billion in operating revenues in 2005, a substantial 15.9% increase over 2004.

Growth in operating revenues outpaced that of operating expenses (+14.1%), resulting in an operating profit margin increase. The operating profit margin was 10.5%, up from 9.0% in 2004.

Salaries and wages of employees are the single largest component of operating expenses at 42%.

Operating revenue for firms whose principal activity is geophysical surveying and mapping services rose from $1.1 billion in 2004 to $1.2 billion in 2005, an increase of 8.0%. In the same period, operating revenues for firms whose principal activity is non-geophysical surveying and mapping services, commonly referred to as land surveying, had a much higher growth rate of 25.4%. These firms saw their operating revenues climb to $1.1 billion.

Businesses of the overall sector generated the majority of their operating revenues from services related to the acquisition, transformation and interpretation of geophysical data (44%), general surveying services (36%), which include land, cadastral, hydrographic, topographic, marine and engineering, and cartography services (7%).

Alberta continues to lead all provinces and territories for this industry due to the significant role played by this province in the oil and gas sector. Alberta based firms accounted for 63% of industry operating revenues, followed by Ontario (13%), Quebec (9%) and British Colombia (8%). For geophysical surveying and mapping services, 83% of the operating revenues in Canada were generated by Alberta-based firms. This, of course, includes revenues derived from work that took place in the province of Alberta, but also revenues from work that Alberta-based firms did in other provinces, territories, at sea and internationally.

Note: Canada's surveying and mapping industry consists of businesses whose primary activity is to gather, interpret and map geophysical data (i.e., locating and measuring the extent of subsurface resources), as well as those providing land surveying and mapping services on the surface of the earth, including the sea floor.

Available on CANSIM: table 360-0006.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 4715.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Nicole Charron (613-951-4133; fax: 613-951-6696;, Service Industries Division.