Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Market By Type (Triangular Irregular Network (TIN) DEM, Raster DEM), By End-Use Application (Geological Exploration & Surveys, Aerospace, Planning & Construction, Telecommunication, Mining, Metrology, Military & Defense, Others) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026

Industry Outlook

The graphical representation next best to real topography allowed digital elevation model (DEM) to register a market value of US$ 667.2 Mn in 2017. The market projected to grow and reach market value of US$ 2,106.7 Mn in 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2% throughout the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. Digital elevation model is the graphic representation of actual topography by measuring the elevations and depressions on earth’s surface. Such methods are extensively helpful for several end-use applications including geological explorations & surveys for oil & gas and mining sector. Besides, planning & construction, telecommunication, aerospace and military & defense are few of the other notable end-use applications that rely extensively rely on digital elevation model. Continuously growing significance across various sectors projected to lift digital elevation model (DEM) market to new heights, making the market a lucrative one to watch for.

Market Synopsis

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"Raster DEM Projected to Lose its Dominance to Triangular Irregular Network (TIN) DEM"

Raster DEM is the most easily available and commonly used digital elevation model at present. Raster DDEM is easy to design and does not involve intricate details of a given topography. The precision and accuracy are compromised in raster DEM, however, the short-comings are compensated with its low cost and fewer efforts required to map compared to triangular irregular network (TIN) DEM. Raster DEM is generally used by small applications such as telecommunication mapping and where cost is more of priority compared to accuracy. However, applications such as aerospace, military & defense and planning & construction prefer triangular irregular network (TIN) DEM for its great graphics representation and precision to few decimal degrees or meters. The technique is expensive but with continuous development in computer graphics and effective measuring techniques, the price of TIN DEM expected to come down, making the segment dominant in coming years.

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"Geological Exploration & Surveys Conducted by Governments by Countries Worldwide Helped the Segment to Lead the Way"

Every country across the globe are mapping their territories and understanding their topology in order to carry out geological exploration and surveys. These explorations and surveys help nations to identify and define their boundaries and utilize their natural resources to the optimum level. Planning and construction trail geological exploration and surveys in terms of market value. Rapid urbanizations and expansion of human habitat forced authorities to use DEM for planning and construction in order to ensure safe and economic construction of infrastructure. In addition to the aforementioned end-use application, telecommunication is one of the fastest growing sectors in overall digital elevation model market. Introduction of 5G module encouraged telecommunication companies to incorporate digital elevation model for their macro and microanalysis for telecommunication grid. These companies are using DEM to explore locations for their towers for better signal reception and dispersion. Besides various other end-use applications such as training and simulations, gaming and transportation industry are exploring utilizes of DEM, thus, encouraging the growth of DEM market in coming years.

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"Developing Countries of Asia Pacific are the Most Lucrative Market for DEM Developers to Watch-out for"

North America backed by a strong market in the U.S. hold the top position in the overall digital elevation model (DEM) market in the year 2017. Various end-use sectors often study their digital elevation model of the desired location before initiating any major planning or construction. The DEM of the U.S. is available free of cost on government portals for common public. These models are updated periodically. Europe is the second most dominating region in DEM market after North America. However, developing countries such as China, India, and South Korea among others are the most lucrative market for DEM developers in coming years. Significant activities in planning and construction sector and rising expenditure for military and defense applications are the major factors supporting the growth of DEM market in Asia Pacific. The Region is the fastest growing region in overall digital elevation model (DEM) market in coming years.

Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Market

Market Segmentation


Research Period  2016-2026
Base Year 2017
Forecast Period  2018-2026
Historical Year  2016
Unit  USD Billion

 By Type (2016–2026; US$ Bn)
 • Triangular Irregular Network (TIN) DEM
 • Raster DEM

 By End-use Application (2016–2026; US$ Bn)
 • Geological Exploration & Surveys
 • Aerospace
 • Planning & Construction
 • Telecommunication
 • Mining
 • Metrology
 • Military & Defense
 • Others (Gaming, Training & Simulation, Transportation & Tourism, etc.)

 Geography Segment (2016–2026; US$ Bn)
 • North America (U.S. and Canada)
 • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, and Rest of Europe)
 • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, and Rest of Asia Pacific)
 • Rest of World (Middle East & Africa (MEA), Latin America)

"Consistent Up-gradation is the Key for DEM Developer Companies to Stay Competitive"

The digital elevation model (DEM) market is consolidated with a limited number of notable players contributing majority of share in the overall market. These players incorporated the policy of upgrading their existing DEM maps with better resolution, computer graphics, and user interface in order to maintain their significance in the market. Besides, acquiring government contracts and strategic partnerships with aerospace, military & defense organization to provide latest DEM mapping is another vital growth strategy observed by the DEM developers. Some of the most prominent and notable players in digital elevation (DEM) market profiled in this research study includes TomTom International N.V., Harris MapMart,  LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping, LLC., CompassData, Inc., DHI GRAS A/S, Telespazio SPA, Apollo Mapping, CATUAV, VRICON, PASCO Corporation, and NIRAS A/S among others.

Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Market

Key questions answered in this report

  • What are the latest up-gradations and refinements in the digital elevation model (DEM) market and potential opportunities for the players?
  • How will growing demand from governments worldwide affect the global as well as regional digital elevation model (DEM) market?
  • Which is the largest and fastest growing segment in terms of type, and end-use application?
  • Which is the most attractive geographical region/country for overall digital elevation model (DEM) market?
  • How will growing importance of geological exploration & surveys play a vital role in overall digital elevation model (DEM) market in coming years?
  • What is the market size and trends in developing regions such as Asia Pacific, and Latin America?
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Published Date:  Aug 2018
Category:  Technology & Media
Report ID:   59252
Report Format:   PDF
Pages:   120
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