Nov 17, 2017

Working for the weekend: Braun Intertec selects ShapeArray for time-sensitive installation

Tyler Morency
7 years ago

Working for the weekend: Braun Intertec selects ShapeArray for time-sensitive installation

As part of a four-year project to improve I-35W—one of Minneapolis’ busiest traffic corridors—the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) authorized contractors a full weekend closure of the nine-lane artery to complete a number of time-sensitive and complex operations.

Contractors needed to install a monitoring system that could track settlement of two large, shallow sanitary sewers running underneath the roadway. Braun Intertec needed a fast-installing monitoring solution that could provide real-time data. They suggested Measurand’s ShapeArray.

Jimmy Bennett, associate principal and project engineer, with Braun Intertec, writes:

“Braun Intertec recommended an alternative approach that would not only expedite the installation process and reduce costs, but also increase the survivability of the sensors and system and provide a more comprehensive set of data.”

Read the case study at Braun Intertec.

  • 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