Jun 21, 2018

The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering looks towards the future

Tyler Morency
6 years ago

The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering looks towards the future

Measurand, along with over 400 participants from all over Canada, attended The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering’s (CSCE) annual conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 13–16.

Over 360 technical presentations, along with the keynote speeches, and plenary sessions focused on the theme “Building tomorrow’s society,” by exploring issues of designing for accessibility, disaster mitigation amid climate change, and importance of evolving structural health monitoring technologies as infrastructure ages.

Measurand’s Robert Praeg, geotechnical instrumentation specialist, and member of the CSCE Young Professionals Committee, volunteered to help organize the event and moderating a panel.

“It helps to learn about different engineering trends and projects, not necessarily directly involved in what your company is doing. It provides a lot of value to you in your career,” Praeg said. “It develops your personal skills as well, being able to discuss different projects with people and networking.”

The CSCE’s history program commemorated Fredericton’s William L. Barrett Water Treatment Plant as a national historic civil engineering site. The plant provided Fredericton’s firefighters with pressured water when it was constructed in 1883. The plant introduced a rapid sand filtration system in 1906, and then North America’s first large scale-chlorination system for a municipal water source, which helped to reduce the number of deaths from typhoid fever. The treatment plant continues to provide Fredericton with potable water.

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  • 1993

    The Beginning

    Measurand is established in Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • 1994

    Bend sensor development

    Measurand develops and patents fiber optic bend and position sensors for the medical and automotive sectors

    U.S. Patent 5,321,257

  • 1995

    Canadian Space Agency

    Receives funding from the CSA to develop sensor technology that ultimately leads to invention of ShapeTape

    U.S. Patent 5,633,494

  • 1999

    Patent on fiber optic sensor

    Measurand receives patent for "Fiber Optic Bending and Positioning Sensor" issued June 29, 1999

    Canadian Patent 2,073,162

  • 2001

    ShapeTape & ShapeHand debut

    Measurand designs and develops innovative motion capture technology

    U.S. Patent 6,127,672, 6,563,107

  • 2002

    Measurand Attends the ICPMG

    First contact with the geotechnical sector at the International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG)
  • 2004


    Design patent application sent about a new product designed to meet the specific needs of the geotechnical industry

    U.S. Patent 6,127,672, 6,563,107

  • 2005-08


    Measurand debuts ShapeWrap motion capture technology for the film and animation industry

    U.S. Patent 7,296,363

  • 2006

    Malibu installation

    ShapeAccelArray installed for ground monitoring for the first time​ in Malibu, CA

    Canadian Patent 2,472,421

  • 2007


    Suite of instrumentation developed for motion capture within Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines

    U.S. Patent 7,296,363

  • 2011

    SAAScan launched

    Built for rapid deployment and repeated use

    Canadian Patent 2,472,421

  • 2014

    SAAX launched

    Purpose-built for heavy-duty horizontal installation

    Canadian application 2,815,199 & 2,815,195

  • 2017

    SAAV launched

    The only geotechnical instrument with a patented cyclical installation method

    Cyclical Sensor Array, Canadian application 2,815,199 & 2,911,175