Jun 7, 2018

ShapeArray monitors movement after airport runway slope failure and during the reconstruction work

Tyler Morency
6 years ago

ShapeArray monitors movement after airport runway slope failure and during the reconstruction work

ShapeArray played an important role in the monitoring strategy of the Yeager Airport runway following a slope failure in 2015 and now, during the project’s reconstruction.

The Yeager Airport, approximately 5 km east of downtown Charleston, West Virginia, sits on a hill with steep slopes on several sides and handles approximately 250,000 passengers per year. The airport’s safety overrun collapsed after heavy rains in 2015, releasing 288,000 cubic metres of debris downslope. After the slope failure, Schnabel Engineering installed two SAAF model ShapeArrays to monitor the slope for further movement.

Construction on the safety overrun rebuild began in spring, 2018. Schnabel Engineering along with sensemetrics installed SAAF model ShapeArray into soldier piles to monitor deflection during the backfill and anchor stressing stages.

The SAAF’s were connected to sensemetrics’ THREAD platform which allowed for the rapid deployment of the monitoring system and access to real-time data within hours.

Photos courtesy of Todd Roberts, Director at sensemetrics

  • 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