What’s the Future of Surveying?

More than most other industries, new technology is changing surveying. Groundbreaking innovations are reshaping our work – paving the way for more efficient, safe and accurate data collection.

We can already anticipate tomorrow’s landscape just by our industry’s incredible evolution over the last few years. Look at how quickly automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are maturing – not just in surveying, but in every part of our society.

However, what we aren’t talking enough about is the importance of comprehension and expertise in these new technologies. Are spatial leaders about to be swept up in the tide of innovation, or are we ready to adapt and ride the wave?


According to Markets and Markets, the global surveying equipment market is projected to reach USD 9.9 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.3%. Driving much of this growth is the push towards automation and digitisation, which have benefits for all stakeholders…

Financial value for business

Better resource allocation and lower costs – with more frequently updated data

Opportunities for surveyors

More bandwidth to focus on complex, fulfilling and high-value projects

ai integration

Forbes estimates that jobs requiring AI or machine-learning skills will increase by 71% by 2026. Integrating AI into surveying will not only speed up our processes, but also significantly enhance their accuracy. AI is showing particular promise in areas like…

predictive analysis

Using AI algorithms to analyse spatial data, we can generate models to better plan for the future

image and pattern recognition

AI can help us classify vast amounts of visual data – saving time and improving data reliability


There’s been a lot of talk in the media about how disruptive these emerging technologies could be to careers and even entire livelihoods. Our view is that the role of highly trained and experienced surveyors will only become more valuable.

Smart equipment and AI will never make complex spatial solutions set and forget. We operate in an industry where incorrect data or small mistakes can be both immensely costly and cause serious harm.

You only have to look at skyrocketing demand for qualified surveyors (which we’ve previously spoken about) to know how important they’ll continue to be.


However, surveyors of tomorrow will need to rise to new challenges – both in developing their skill sets beyond measurement-taking and tackling more diverse, complex projects. To succeed, future spatial professionals must…

Apply new and evolving technology practically in the field – particularly drones, robotics and automated monitoring

Interpret complex data and draw meaningful conclusions – training in areas like statistical analysis and predictive modelling

Become hyper-proficient in geographic information systems (GIS) – which will only become a larger part of their day-to-day

Grow project management skills – to integrate more deeply on-site and provide valuable support at intensive projects

Develop stronger communication capabilities – because clients will value clear advice as information gets more complex

Focus on sustainability – learning how to help minimise environmental impact for industries coming under increased scrutiny


Organisations in the spatial industry must adapt to and leverage new innovations where they improve three key criteria: accuracy, efficiency and safety. At SEAM, for example, we’re already empowering our clients to maximise their 3D spatial data. We’re excited to incorporate the next generation of technology to achieve even more.

That’s one of the reasons why the industry’s best surveyors choose to work at SEAM Spatial – you won’t get left behind as the tech landscape changes. Exciting projects and learning opportunities should always be there for ambitious professionals.

Continual learning mindset

Don’t be afraid of what’s coming – embrace projects that broaden your capabilities

Mentorship from industry leaders

Share knowledge and advice – be available for up-and-coming surveyor

Genuine training options

Walk the walk – offer financial support for career and skills development

Talk to the team at SEAM to see how we can leverage the latest innovations on your project.