Drone GIS Mapping Market

Drone GIS Mapping Market Analysis, By Services (Thematic Mapping, Topographic Mapping, Cadastral Mapping, Navigation Mapping, Series Mapping), By End Use Industry (Energy, Construction, Transportation & Warehouse, Agriculture, Mining, Others), and Region - Global Market Insights 2023 to 2033

Analysis of Drone GIS Mapping Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Drone GIS Mapping Market Outlook (2023-2033)

The global drone GIS mapping market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 349.5 million in 2023 and is projected to climb to US$ 1609.6 million by 2033, expanding at a healthy CAGR of 16.5% during the forecast period of 2023 to 2033.

The drone GIS mapping market is about 31.0% of the global drone mapping market and holds around 5.3% of the overall drone service market which was around US$ 6.6 billion in 2023.

Report Attributes


Market Size (2022A)

US$ 300.0 Million

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 349.5 Million

Forecasted Market Value (2033F)

US$ 1609.6 Million

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~16.5% CAGR

North America Market Share (2022)


East Asia Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~17.5% CAGR

United States Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~16.5% CAGR

Key Companies Profiled

  • 3DroneMapping
  • ABJ Drones
  • Aerial Robotix
  • Aerial drone solution
  • AerialWorks Inc.
  • AERIUM Analytics
  • Aerodrome
  • Aeroview Services
  • Afridrones
  • Aivia Group
  • Arch Aerial
  • Avian UAS
  • Astral Aerial Solutions
  • DATA PKT Aviation
  • AUAV
  • Dronegy
  • DJM Aerial Solutions
  • DroneView Technologies LLC
  • EagleHawk
  • Falconviz

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Myriad of application in multiple industries

The drone GIS mapping services are gaining substantial popularity in different industry verticals including energy, construction, transportation & warehouse, agriculture, mining, oil & gas, and others. Over the past few years, both drone and GIS mapping services have gained popularity. With the utility of drones for GIS mapping, users are benefited from gaining higher accuracy maps quickly & easily in complex or difficult-to-access environments. Drones are integrated with advanced technologies and offer clients the capacity to collect information that can be used for geospatial data visualization efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • Short Term (2023 Q1-2026): Post COVID-19, the drone GIS mapping services has grown substantially with construction site got resumed in various economies. The cost & time efficiency offered by these services has increased the profitability of customers.
  • Medium Term (2026-2029): The global rise in the oil & gas industry, agriculture sector, real estate, mining, and others will be a leading factor in the development of the market in the mid-term.
  • Long Term (2029-2033): Infrastructure development is projected to be highly lucrative in the long-term with the development of various buildings, bridges, roads, and others in the future. Owing to this factor, long-term growth for the drone GIS mapping market is expected to be tremendously high.

East Asia is to rise with the highest CAGR of 17.5% in the forecast period. Growth in urbanization in developing economies, government support towards drone utility for commercial purposes, and increasing disposable income of people in the region will escalate the growth of the market.

Drone GIS mapping market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of drone GIS mapping based on services and region. Under the services segment, navigation mapping are accounts for 38% market share.

What are the factors driving the demand of Drone GIS Mapping?

Cost benefits of drones over aircrafts in GIS mapping

Drones are technically evolved in such a way that they can carry various payloads to record data depending on the various utilities. The attachment that drones comprise includes cameras, hyperspectral sensors, and others that substantially help in accessing necessary data for GIS processing.

Owing to all these advanced features, drones are gaining tremendous popularity over costly aircraft for GIS mapping. Since, traditionally for GIS mapping, a customer requires to rent an aircraft with a trained pilot and other attachments for recording from the plan.

Hiring these things is costlier to the customer on the place over drones, which has the advent of flexibility & could be operated in complex environments efficiently. All these facilities could easily be availed with drones & eliminated the hiring of aircraft, pilots, and other instruments, thereby escalating the market growth in the forthcoming period.

Advent of popularity in agriculture sector

Drone GIS mapping services are gaining immense popularity in the agriculture sector. GIS mapping with drones in the agriculture field is beneficial to farmers. They gain optimum information on the fields, soil conditions, crops, and others with the help of drone GIS mapping services in real-time.

Drone covers a large area in a shorter period and collects immense data relevant to the field which ultimately helps in increasing the operation cost of the farmers. Moreover, customers are benefited from the utility of these services in gaining optimum decisions to avoid future loss.

The increasing incidence of crop damage due to inspections & pests and natural calamities has escalated the utility of drones for GIS mapping in the agriculture field. Farmers analyze the total damage that happened to the crops with the help of these services and assisted them in taking essential decisions for future prevention and precautions.

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Key factors restraining the market growth

Presence of strict regulation and limitations on drone utility

The drones used for GIS mapping are an affordable and convenient option for data collection, there are some barriers present with drones that are restraining the market growth in the forthcoming period. For example, there are some stringent regulations are present on the utility of drones for commercial purposes.

The majority of drones for commercial drone use are regulated under Part 107 of the 2020 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which contains new drone regulations. These flights are inside the permitted airspace, under 55 lbs, less than 100 mph, below 400 ft, keeping the visual line of sight, and recently revised night flight operations.

Moreover, some drones are built with limitations regarding range, battery life, and storage of data which is restricting the adoption of drones for GIS mapping services.

Country-wise Insights

United States to exhibit leading share in drone GIS mapping market

United States drone GIS mapping services are expected to rise with growing technological advancement in the agriculture sector and growing demand from the construction sector in the region. In United States, Construction spending was projected to total US$1,794.9 billion in October 2022, a 0.3 percent (1.2 percent)* decrease from the revised September estimate of US$1,800.1 billion.

Construction investment for the first ten months of this year totalled US$ 1,507.8 billion, 10.8% (1.0%) more than US$ 1,360.8 billion for the same time in 2021. The U.S. agriculture sector grown beyond the farm business to comprise a range of farm-related industries.

To increase productivity and reduce operating costs in agriculture drone GIS mapping services are adopted by the garments. Through these services, a farmer can gain various data relevant to the farm, crop condition, soil condition, and others and substantially takes prominent decisions regarding farming and crop harvesting.

China to rise with fastest CAGR in the forecast period

China's drone GIS mapping market is expected to rise with the highest CAGR of 18.2% in the forthcoming period. Development of mining, oil & gas, and real estate industry in the country is a major factor escalating the demand for drone GIS mapping services.

China reported production of oil of about 3,987.7 barrels/day in 2021. With the rising oil & gas industry, drone GIS mapping services are utilized to gain advanced mapping & spatial analytics, growing operational efficiency by rich location intelligence.

Also, it captures, stores, and analyses necessary data about drilling sites. Moreover, China has witnessed with significant shrink in the price of real estate. Along with the country observed rapid urbanization and population growth which is escalating the demand for drone GIS mapping services to have essential insights & data regarding the property to the customer.

Category-wise Insights

Navigation mapping to manifest leading share in service segment

Instead of employing the more traditional method of manual assimilation of data for the development of navigation content, navigation mapping supports the suppliers of navigation content using GIS, GPS, and Remote sensing technologies.

The new technology's accuracy guarantees the production of perfect maps. Drones could be employed in the current situation for navigation mapping to provide customers with a clear view of their destination or point of interest. By developing an Application Programming Interface (API), which enables users to build their map-driven apps based on the Google mapping service, Google® has elevated the level of its mapping service.

The Google map application is being used to build a variety of applications, including websites for real estate agencies and event maps. Street-level images for several cities have also been offered to their mapping service. This enables a user of Maps to view a picture of the street they have entered into the program.

Construction industry to exhibit leading share among end-user industries

Drones for GIS mapping are beneficial in the construction industry to offer precise project evaluation and ensure desired standards are met by the project managers. GIS mapping with drones easily accesses the progress happening in the construction sites and captures essential data to have insights regarding project completion.

It is a cost-effective approach that helps in the timely and accurate mapping of the construction site. The growing urban population and increasing construction activities worldwide are expected to exhibit the demand for drone GIS mapping services.

Drone GIS mapping services offer various benefits like infrastructure management, information related to the environment, and works related to transportation. Owing to all these benefits, the construction sector is projected to have the leading utility of these services and is expected to rise at a substantial rate in the forthcoming period.

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Competitive Landscape

Key market participants in the drone GIS mapping services market are 3DroneMapping, ABJ Drones, Aerial Robotix, Aerial drone solution, AerialWorks Inc., AERIUM Analytics, Aerodrome, Aeroview Services, Afridrones, Aivia Group, AMKVO, Arch Aerial, Avian UA, Astral Aerial Solutions, DATA PKT Aviation, AUAV, Dronegy, DJM Aerial Solutions, DroneView Technologies LLC, EagleHawk and Falconviz.

The drone GIS mapping market is highly fragmented with the presence of various market players in the industry. Strategic moves like launches and mergers & acquisitions to stay ahead of the competition are witnessed in the market.

For instance :

  • In September 2021, Esri India, which is a leading GIS software & solution provider has introduced Site Scan for ArcGIS. It is a cloud-based drone mapping solution that captures data, analyzes data, and does drone fleet management for the customer.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the provider of drone GIS mapping market positioned across regions, revenue growth, and service offering expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of the Drone GIS Mapping Market

  • By Services :

    • Thematic Mapping
    • Topographic Mapping
    • Cadastral Mapping
    • Navigation Mapping
    • Series Mapping
  • By End-use Industry :

    • Energy
    • Construction
    • Transportation & Warehouse
    • Agriculture
    • Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction
    • Public Administration
    • Real Estate & Industrial Plant
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

- FAQs -

What will be the market size of drone GIS mapping in 2033?

Worldwide drone GIS mapping is projected to reach US$ 1609.6 million by 2033-end.

How will the market perform during 2023-2033?

The drone GIS mapping market is expected to evolve with a CAGR of 16.5%.

Which region is expected to register the highest CAGR growth in the forecast period (2023-2033)

East Asia is projected to register a CAGR of about 17.5% during the forecast period.

Which end-use industry most widely demands drone GIS mapping?

The construction sector to exhibit a leading share in the end-use industry with 33.0% of market share.

Drone GIS Mapping Market