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 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 FPU is convenient for use in the field or in the office when manually collecting data from an ShapeArray. The connection is made via an included USB cable or wirelessly via Bluetooth. A USB port driver is required to operate the FPU and is included in the downloadable SAARecorder application via SAASuite.

The FPU is designed to get the most out of your investment in ShapeArray instrumentation. Geotechnical instruments generally use only a few sensors. ShapeArray often has hundreds of sensors in one instrument. The FPU makes connecting to a ShapeArray in the field easier, while providing consistent results. It has an internal battery and an interface that provides the same power control, voltage boost, signal conditioning, and surge protection as other Measurand ShapeArray interfaces. The wireless interface makes data collection easy from a nearby vehicle if the weather is not perfect.

Related products: ShapeArraySAASPD

  • 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