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Built for rapid deployment and repeated use. The instrument of choice for one-shot verification of the alignment of jet-grouting holes. Thick-walled 500 mm segments provide great spatial detail and resist damage.

Designed to be used, moved, and re-used as quickly as possible, SAAScan is ideal for applications where borehole shape must be measured repeatedly—jet grouting and borehole drilling, for example. SAAScan’s robust and durable construction combines twist-resistant joints and thick-walled stainless steel segments. The construction contains a compact array of MEMS gravity sensors.

SAAScan saves time and money. It is a reel-based system enabling the measurement of hundreds of holes. A unique extension hose and cable terminator allows SAAScan to remain anchored on the reel while the rest of the array length is installed to collect accurate real-time data.

SAAScan’s segment length is 500 mm. SAAScan can be manufactured to a standard length of up to 50 m. Contact Measurand to inquire about custom lengths. All ShapeArrays™ are manufactured in an ISO 9001 certified facility.


The development of SAAScan opened a new market: the cost efficient, precise and reliable measurement of borehole deviation. Meanwhile most of the European contractors in Special Foundation Work use SAAScan."

Jürgen Dornstädter
GTC Kappelmeyer GmbH
  • 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