Feb 7, 2017

SAAV beta installation in Monaco

Tyler Morency
7 years ago

SAAV beta installation in Monaco

Measurand and SIXENSE went onsite to the Princess Grace Hospital in the principality of Monaco to test our newest monitoring instrument model, the SAAV.  At the end of January, Measurand’s Geotechnical Specialist Christiane Levesque, and Marketing Manager Erika May, assisted SIXENSE install a new model of ShapeArray—SAAV—to monitor deformation behaviour during construction of the Princess Grace Hospital’s expansion.

The Princess Grace Hospital, founded in 1902, is built into a sheer cliff slide overlooking the French Riviera. The hospital expansion is a massive construction project that will occur in four distinct phases over the next several years. Construction on a new multi-level parking structure with a capacity of 534 spaces—the first phase of the project—is underway. Hospital services will operate normally throughout construction.

Initially, inclinometers were used to measure movement at the site during demolition of an existing structure. Given the site’s close proximity to other buildings and the potential risk to the public, engineers needed to make sure movement was closely monitored. SIXENSE had previously used ShapeArray during the Crossrail project in the United Kingdom because of the instrument’s ability to provide engineers with real-time data.

This project was a perfect setting to test the new SAAV model ShapeArray. SAAV’s unique cyclical method of installation allows the instrument to be fit into standard inclinometer casings rather than the 27 mm PVC conduit required for SAAF model installations.

As every phase builds on top of the last, the shifting loads will continue to require monitoring. The test SAAV will remain part of SIXENSE’s ongoing monitoring plan as construction continues.

  • 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