Provincial Trunk Highway

SECTOR: Urban Construction

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Settlement Analysis on Highway Interchange

The construction of a new interchange was recently finalized in the northeastern end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Overseen by Manitoba Infrastructure (MI), this new Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) interchange was built to alleviate increased traffic congestion on Winnipeg’s highways and to also help to renew aging existing transport infrastructure.

Largely completed during the autumn of 2018, the interchange is located between the Red River (to the west) and the Winnipeg Floodway (to the east), at the intersection of Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 59N (also called Lagimodiere Boulevard) and PTH 101 (otherwise known as the north perimeter highway).

During the mid-2010s, MI confirmed their intent to build this full free-flow interchange and forged a partnership with the KGS Group, who became the design-build team that created the geotechnical design. Construction began in 2015 and was finished approximately three years later.

As a completed project, this Winnipeg interchange features seven bridge structures at four locations. Their embankments measure up to ten metres above the original prairie elevation and were built on eight to 15 metres of compressible clay. To accelerate settlement and meet the design requirements, wick drains were also installed into the clay.

Throughout the construction of the interchange, it was fully instrumented, but these installations did not all occur concurrently. Upon completion in 2018, the on-site instruments include 60 settlement plates, over 40 vibrating wire piezometers, over 15 Inclinometers, and nine ShapeArrays.

Providing around 770 linear metres of ShapeArray, the instruments were installed horizontally: one at a pipeline crossing and the other eight allocated individually to each of the eight abutments. The placements of these ShapeArrays also typically coincide with the settlement plates’ locations. Together, along with the piezometers, they work to collect data to monitor the settlement and degree of consolidation within the embankments.


D. Kurz, P. Papadimitropoulos, J. Tallin, and J. Barrett., “Settlement Analysis on Glacio-Lacustrine Clays using Observational Method for a New Interchange in Winnipeg, Manitoba,” GeoSt.John’s 2019, St. John’s. p. 8. 2019.

  • 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