The global civil engineering market size was estimated at USD 8,652.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% from 2023 to 2030. This growth is attributed to the increase in the number of infrastructure and capital projects. Additionally, increasing disposable income in emerging economies is anticipated to drive the growth of the infrastructure segment over the forecast period, thereby propelling the growth of the construction industry.
The COVID-19 outburst across the globe severely impacted the trade relations of major players in the market from different industries. The development of the structural designing business global civil engineering industry sector is mainly attributable to the expanding investment combined with innovative progression in the development projects. However, the lockdowns in the different nations have suspended the development exercises and stopped the framework advancement, particularly in arising economies like India, China, and other South-eastern nations, which has radically affected the development of the market of civil engineering.
The market for civil engineering in North America is led by the U.S. owing to the presence of an extensively developed manufacturing industry, government initiatives to develop public infrastructure, and increased demand from the residential sector. A rising number of construction and refurbishment activities in key sectors, such as offices, the educational sector, hotels, restaurants, transport buildings, and online retail warehousing, is anticipated to fuel the market growth of civil engineering within the region. In addition, the growing residential sector on account of the increasing rate of immigration is projected to promote industry growth.
The abundant availability of raw material suppliers is expected to affect the buying power of consumers. Markets with oversupply are likely to export raw materials to import-oriented regions to reduce buying power. On the other hand, suppliers in import-oriented markets shall have a larger say in pricing, thus increasing the bargaining power of suppliers.
The housing and construction industry is cyclical in nature and can witness unforeseen fluctuations in construction activities. Such fluctuations can adversely affect the demand for products down the value chain of the construction industry. The world economy faced a severe downturn in the past years that affected developed as well as developing countries. This, in turn, led to a reduction in economic activities and investments in the construction sector. Thereby, impacting the market for civil engineering worldwide.
Increasing infrastructural activities in emerging economies and growth in the number of refurbishment projects in developed economies are factors expected to contribute to civil engineering demand. The construction industry in Asia Pacific is developing rapidly the recent years. The industry has witnessed numerous technological advancements and the proliferation of unique architectural designs.
The construction services segment led the market and accounted for more than 27.7% share of the global revenue in 2022. Increasing demand for various rail structures, tunnels, bridges, and other civil works on account of the growing population and traffic issues across the globe is anticipated to propel the civil engineering industry’s growth.
The planning & design service segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth with a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period owing to the presence of multiple well-established global civil engineering companies in the market. Planning & design is an essential parts of any construction project, which ensures the proper integration of the design and construction process.
The maintenance of a structure is an essential part of civil engineering to prolong the life cycle of a structure and to avoid losses. It includes a number of tasks from cleaning and repairing to replacements. An increasing number of maintenance and redevelopment projects across the globe is anticipated to promote the growth of the civil engineering industry.
Other services include renovation activities, retrofitting, reconstruction, and alterations made to the existing structure. Increasing renovation activities owing to the rising need to prolong the life of a structure is expected to aid the market growth of civil engineering. In addition, the rising number of installations of energy-efficient products is anticipated to further drive the market growth of civil engineering.
The government customers segment led the market and accounted for more than 41.2% of the global civil engineering industry share in 2022. Favorable government policies for the development of railways and road infrastructure, as well as the renovation of public infrastructure buildings and their maintenance, are projected to benefit the segment growth.
Rising public spending in housing projects with increasing investments in new construction and renovation is expected to have a major impact on the market for civil engineering across the globe. In addition, rising investments from the public sector in the non-residential segment suggest several government programs and policies supporting the development of non-residential construction.
The private sector, including construction contractors, individuals, and real estate developers, are also the major customers of civil engineering services. Increasing investment by private companies in construction activities including housing projects and the development of healthcare centers & new schools indicates the rising demand for civil engineering services from private institutions.
Major infrastructure projects rely on both public and private funds. The projects, which are conducted jointly between public and private companies encourage the private sector to engage in high-budget infrastructure projects. Therefore, it is expected to propel the market demand for civil engineering during the forecast period.
The real estate segment accounted for over 42.5% share of the global revenue in 2022 and is expected to witness significant market growth for civil engineering over the forecast period. Rising purchasing power and consumer confidence are fueling the recovery of housing construction including both new constructions as well as renovation. This is expected to result in overall market growth for civil engineering.
The infrastructure segment is estimated to register the fastest growth at a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period. Increasing public and private investments in infrastructure projects development including railways, roads, airports, waterways, and others are projected to drive segment growth over the forecast period. In addition, a rising inclination towards the design and development of flexible infrastructure is expected to propel the segment’s growth.
Industrial application is expected to register a significant CAGR of 6.1% over the forecast period. Increasing manufacturing activities coupled with rising demand for industrial infrastructure including R&D, manufacturing, processing facilities as well as warehouses are expected to result in the rising demand for civil engineering services across the globe.
The market players involved in the engineering, design, and construction of industrial facilities offer a broad range of services to manufacturing companies, the oil & gas industry, energy & power, aviation, and several other industries for development and maintenance, thereby driving the industry growth for civil engineering over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific region accounted for a market share of 33.1% in the global civil engineering demand in 2022. The region is likewise expected to observe the most extreme development rate over the conjecture time frame. While greater parts of the organizations are situated in the US, the Asia-Pacific region has seen a mind-boggling expansion in the interest of the civil engineering industry sector. Organizations based out of the U.S. are currently setting up activities in countries like India & China, which offer tax breaks and decreased assembling costs.
The North America civil engineering industry will showcase a significant CAGR of 7.3% over the forecast period. Increasing investments in infrastructure & construction projects by major market players and growth in the U.S. economy are among the prominent factors supporting the business expansion. Additionally, the continuous development of sewage networks across major metropolitan cities in North America will further propel the industry landscape.
Strict regulations about VOC emissions during construction activities are expected to boost the demand for precast/prefabricated construction products in Europe. The introduction of new materials, such as construction additives and eco-friendly building materials, is expected to create lucrative opportunities for market participants in the civil engineering industry over the forecast period.
Central & South America is expected to grow owing to the rising number of construction and refurbishment activities in key sectors, such as offices, the educational sector, hotels, restaurants, transport buildings, and online retail warehousing, which is anticipated to fuel the market growth of civil engineering in the region. In addition, the growing residential sector on account of the increasing rate of immigration is projected to promote industry growth.
The market players are expected to witness a low threat of new entrants owing to the capital-intensive nature of the market. The key players are well-equipped with innovative technologies and advanced machinery to offer engineering solutions, which requires a high initial investment. However, the rising demand for innovative solutions is expected to open new avenues for market entrants.
Major players have a significant market share, in terms of revenue, through domestic and international projects. The companies are involved in mergers & acquisitions to enhance their industry share. Some prominent players in the global civil engineering market include:
Amec Foster Wheeler plc
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG (Galfar)
Tetra Tech, Inc.
Market size value in 2023
USD 9,094.5 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 13,700.9 billion
CAGR of 5.9% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends
Services, application, customers, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; Russia; China; India; Australia; Indonesia; Brazil; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Qatar
Key companies profiled
AECOM; Amec Foster Wheeler plc; United States Army Corps of Engineers; SNC-Lavalin; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG (Galfar); Fluor Corporation; HDR, Inc.; Tetra Tech, Inc.; Stantec, Inc.
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global civil engineering market report based on services, application, customers, and region:
Services Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Planning & Design
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Customers Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global civil engineering market size was estimated at USD 8,652.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 9,094.5 billion in 2023.
b. The global civil engineering market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate a CAGR of 5.9% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 13,700.9 billion by 2030.
b. The construction services segment dominated the civil engineering market with a share of 27.44% in 2022, owing to the rising demand for building of various structures including residential and commercial buildings, public infrastructure including healthcare facilities, recreational parks, community centers, and bus stations & railway stations, airports.
b. Some of the key players operating in the civil engineering market include AECOM, Amec Foster Wheeler plc, United States Army Corps of Engineers, SNC-Lavalin, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG (Galfar), Fluor Corporation, HDR, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., Stantec, Inc.
b. The key factors that are driving the civil engineering market include increasing urbanization and industrialization across the globe. In addition, the introduction of new machinery and technologies such as using prefabricated modules, pre-engineered buildings in the implementation of large construction projects while maintaining building standards are anticipated to further benefit the market growth.
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