Smart Monitoring

Understanding the Evolution of Tools and Technologies in Geotechnical Monitoring

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Smart Monitoring

Smart Monitoring

Understanding the Evolution of Tools and Technologies in Geotechnical Monitoring

Geotechnical monitoring is undergoing a radical digital transformation as new technologies replace traditional, manual methods of collecting, sharing and analyzing the data that drives decision-making. This new white paper, Smart Monitoring: Understanding the Evolution of Tools and Technologies in Geotechnical Monitoring offers an overview of emerging technologies from sensors to data management and analysis software.

Smart Monitoring is informed by insightful interviews with geotechnical monitoring experts on three continents, who generously shared their time and observations. These industry leaders provided frank guidance on how best to get the data flowing from field to office, advice that can be applied at every project stage, from pre-planning and construction to maintenance and even decommissioning. Interviews include Dr. Andrew Ridley of Geotechnical Observations, Alex Pienaar of sensemetrics, Nimantha Baranasuriya of Ackcio, Savanah Herman of RST Instruments, and Terry Patterson of Measurand.

Download this white paper to learn about the technological advances in:

  • Sensors
  • Nodes and loggers
  • Wireless data connectivity
  • Automation
  • Data management
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  • 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