Jan 25, 2018

The importance of keeping installation records

Tyler Morency
6 years ago

The importance of keeping installation records

When installing monitoring instrumentation in the field, cost, safety, and time are usually prioritized. Detailed record keeping about the installation might not be at the front of mind, but that is something Measurand’s Christiane Levesque, senior support manager, wants to change. Good documentation practice can actually help make installation go more smoothly, in addition to creating records, says Levesque, which is why all ShapeArrays are shipped with a waterproof installation log for customers to fill out in the field.

“The biggest benefit to the client is that the installation log has all the key reminders of things they have to think of when they’re doing their installation,” Levesque says. “Thankfully it gives them a chance to remember everything they need to know when they are doing an installation. And potentially, even planning. They’ll think, ‘Oh shoot. I should have a camera. I should have these tools.”

Prior to the installation log, it was up to those performing the installation to keep track of the details on their own. The installation log eliminates the guesswork and creates a solid record to draw on.

“Anytime geotechnical consultants do a geotechnical report, they have to hand in drawings and logs,” Levesque says. “This helps them organize the information so that it is easier for them to build those logs for when the ShapeArray was installed. So they’ll have it in their files and if they want to they can present it to clients.”

Installation logs are also a valuable resource when bridging the information gap during the potentially long period of time between installation and data review or technical support.

“We can ask them for the installation log and they can go back and look at one that has been submitted and understand how the installation was done… This gives them the one place where they can gather all of the critical information,” Levesque says.

Download printable Installation Log

  • 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