Aug 29, 2017

Chicago TARP McCook Reservoir project site visit

Tyler Morency
7 years ago

Chicago TARP McCook Reservoir project site visit

Measurand employees visited McCook Reservoir, part of the Chicago Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP)—a massive civil engineering project that was commissioned in the mid-70s and is expected to be completed in 2029. The site visit was part of the 10th Annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course attended by Measurand’s Geotechnical Instrumentation Specialists, Matthew Miller and Robert Praeg, Aug. 14–16.

“You don’t really realize how big (McCook Reservoir) is until you are inside of it,” Miller said.

During the visit they accessed the 10 m (33 ft) diameter McCook Tunnel that runs 490 m (1,600 ft) to connect to the TARP mainstream tunnel. A 93 m (300 ft) deep main gate serves as the tunnels entry point, which exists at a scale that is difficult to believe without seeing it first hand.

“You see people in the distance putting up netting on the side of the walls and you can barely see them. They’re like specks on this huge wall,” Praeg said.

  • 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