Purpose-built with longer one metre segments for heavy duty horizontal installation: soil settlement, rail-line deformation, and pipeline monitoring.


Segment Length:
1000 mm


Settlement monitoring

Project Duration:
Short and long term

Purpose-built for heavy duty horizontal measurement: soil settlement, rail-line deformation, and pipeline monitoring. SAAX1000’s watertight construction combines twist-resistant joints and thick-walled stainless steel segment tubes. The construction contains a compact array of MEMS accelerometers.

SAAX1000 delivers superior cost-benefit returns to project budgets. All ShapeArray installations are fast and low-cost, requiring far fewer people than traditional in-place inclinometers. SAAX1000 is rolled off a reel and set into user-installed conduit.

SAAX1000’s segment length is 1000 mm. SAAX1000 can can be manufactured to a maximum length of 150 m. All ShapeArrays are manufactured in an ISO 9001 certified facility.

Technical Overview

SAAX contains MEMS gravity sensors in every segment that measure acceleration, tilt, and temperature. SAAX is designed for horizontal installations. SAAX measures vertical deformation to produce 2D projections on a horizontal plane, where X represents the array’s length.

The most important benefit of using ShapeArray is automation. Data from the ShapeArray can be collected by a data logger where it can be stored and manually collected or streamed wirelessly to a PC or central server. Data can also be retrieved in the field manually through the SAAFPU.

What are the five key differences between manual and real-time monitoring?

What are the five key differences between manual and real-time monitoring?

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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‚Äč 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