Portable <strong>Diagnostic Unit</strong>

Portable Diagnostic Unit

A compact power and communication device designed to quickly test and verify ShapeArray installations prior to configuration for automated data collection.



Interface units control communications and power between the ShapeArray and the data logger and power supply. The SAA232 interface ensures each sensor contained within the ShapeArray gets the right amount of voltage when it needs it and when properly ground, the SAA232 minimizes the risk of power surge and lightning strikes.



The SAA232-5 interface unit delivers the same functionality as the SAA232 but increases the number of ShapeArrays that can be linked into a serial COM port from one to five. This allows a data logger to collect and store information from multiple ShapeArrays (10 ShapeArrays into CR800 or 20 ShapeArrays into one CR1000 logger).

SAA<strong>232-PC Cable</strong>

SAA232-PC Cable

The SAA232-PC Cable connects a SAA232 or SAA232-5 interface unit output to a PC running SAARecorder software via USB input, allowing the user to collect data directly from a ShapeArray.

ShapeArray™ <strong>Field Power Unit</strong>

ShapeArray™ Field Power Unit

The ShapeArray™ Field Power Unit (FPU) is a portable battery powered device designed to connect all models of ShapeArray to a PC running the SAARecorder software application.



The SAAUSB adapter is an interface device that is used to connect any ShapeArray to a PC running SAASuite via USB port.

  • 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