This guide will walk you through installing SAAV in existing standard sized (70 mm or 85 mm outer diameter) inclinometer casing with the provided SAAV casing cap. 

NOTE: For installation in non-standard sized casings from 47 mm to 100 mm internal diameter, please refer to the Installing SAAV with the Compression Clamp guide in our support web site.


Measurand's SAAV Casing Cap provides a simple, clean, and efficient way to complete an SAAV installation. The SAAV Casing Cap consists of a weather-resistant enclosure with two interchangeable collars to fit the two most common inclinometer casing sizes.

NOTE: More information about installing SAAV can be found in the SAAV Manual.


Figure 1: SAAV Casing Cap Install Kit: (goggles, dust mask, and documentation not pictured)


The following table outlines the tools and equipment required to install an SAAV with the Casing Cap installation kit into existing inclinometer casing.


Pry bar

Reel Stands and 2" Steel Pole

Extension Coupler *

#3 Phillips Drive Bit *


Box Cutter

Microsoft Windows Laptop Computer with latest Measurand Software



Wire Cutter

Measurand Interface (e.g. SAA Field Power Unit)

Hack saw or Key Hole Saw

Phillips Screwdriver

Adjustable Wrenches

SAA X-Mark Protractor *

Goggles *

Ratchet *

9/16" Socket

Electric Drill

Dust Mask *

7/16" Deep Socket *

(Up to 3) 1 1/4” Long 3/8”- 24 Hex Bolt *

13/64" Drill Bit

Small Flat-headed Screwdriver

3" Bronze Compression bolt 1/4-20 *

(Up to 3) 3/8”-24 Nylon-Insert Locknut *

(4) 3/4” Long 1/4-20 Self Tapping Cap Screws *

Casing Cap Assembly *

* Starred items are included in the Casing Cap installation kit


The SAAV Casing Cap Installation kit includes the starred items in the table above. It also includes the Compression Clamp assembly and some extra hardware required for installing SAAV into non-standard sized casings from 47 mm ID to 100 mm ID. The extra hardware that is not used with the casing cap installation is as follows:

  • (1) Compression Clamp Assembly
  • (2) 0.734” Washer
  • (1) 1/2” Long 1/4”-20 Bronze Hex Bolt


NOTE - Measurand ShapeArrays are shipped on wooden reels with wooden facets stapled to the outside. A pry bar, hammer, and pliers will be required to remove the facets from the reel prior to following the steps below.


The following video provides an overview of the installation process with a casing cap. Each step in the installation process is described in more detail below the video.



Step 1 - Place the Casing Cap on the Inclinometer Casing


Ensure you have the proper sized collar connected to the Casing Cap assembly. Instructions for replacing the collar on the Casing Cap assembly can be found in the "Changing the Collar on the SAAV Install Kit's Weather-Resistant Enclosure" guide. Remove the cover of the Casing Cap by removing the screws in the four corners with a Phillips screwdriver.


Figure 2: Remove the four screws in the cover of the Casing Cap


Remove the Extension Tube Anchor from inside of the Casing Cap by removing the 3” long Bronze Compression Bolt 1/4-20 holding it in place. This will require the included ratchet and 7/16” deep socket. Place the disassembled Casing Cap onto the inclinometer casing. 



Step 2 - Insert SAAV Into the Borehole


Place a set of reel stands approximately 1 m to 1.5 m away from the borehole. Place a 2" steel pole through the middle of the reel and use it to lift the reel onto the stands. Ensure that the reel is oriented such that the SAAV will be unreeled into the borehole from the top of the reel. Cut the zip ties holding the SAAV's eye bolt end to the reel with a box cutter or wire cutters. Insert the SAAV into the borehole through the Casing Cap. Do not detach the springbox assembly from the reel at this point.


Figure 3: Insert the SAAV into the borehole by unreeling it from the top of the reel into the Casing Cap



Step 3 - Attach Extension Tubes to the Springbox Assembly


With the springbox assembly still attached to the SAAV reel, detach the Extension Tubes from the reel by cutting their zip ties with a box cutter or wire cutters. Attach an Extension Tube to the Springbox assembly using the supplied 1 1/4” Long 3/8”- 24 Hex Bolt and 3/8”-24 Nylon-Insert Locknut. 

WARNING: Ensure that the Extension Tube is attached to the Springbox assembly such that the X-mark on the tubing aligns with the X-mark on the Springbox.


Figure 4: Attach the Extension Tube (green) to the Springbox assembly (grey) with the supplied hardware while the Springbox assembly is still attached to the reel


If more than one Extension Tube is required, use the included extension coupler and hardware to attach them, as shown in the figure below.


Figure 5: Attaching additional extensions - (A) Extension Tubes (grey), (B) Coupler (green), (C) hardware for connecting tubes, and (D) Assembled Extension Tubes.


Once your extension tubes have been attached, the zip ties holding the springbox assembly and cabling can be cut to detach them from the SAAV reel. Insertion into the borehole can then be completed. 



Step 4 - Settle the SAAV into the Inclinometer Casing


Once the Extension Tubes are attached and the SAAV is resting on the bottom of the borehole, mark the position of the SAAV inside the casing on the Extension Tubes. Lift the SAAV between 0.5 m and 1 m and then force it down into the casing again using a pumping action similar to churning butter. This will cause the SAAV to settle further into the casing. Continue to lift the SAAV up and force it down until you notice that the mark made on the Extension Tube is no longer settling down inside the casing. 


Figure 6: Pumping an SAAV installed in standard inclinometer casing


Connect a Microsoft Windows computer with the latest Measurand software to the SAAV through an interface such as an SAA Field Power Unit (SAAFPU). Use the SAAV Installation Verification tool from the Diagnostics menu in SAARecorder to confirm that the SAAV is properly settled. More information on using this tool is available in the Verifying your SAAV Installation guide.






WARNING: If you are installing a ShapeArray in Low Power Mode for use with certain low power data loggers, then you will need to be using an SAAFPU interface with at least revision R.4B or an SAA232 interface with revision R.2B. Older interfaces are NOT supported. While the SAAV Installation Verification diagnostic is open, the instrument will temporarily be placed in regular power mode. When the SAAV Installation Verification window is closed, the instrument will automatically be returned to Low Power mode. Do NOT disconnect the ShapeArray from the computer without closing the window or the instrument could be left in regular power mode.


Figure 7: The SAAV Installation Verification tool in SAARecorder


Step 5 - Measure the Azimuth Offset


The SAA X-Mark Protractor consists of two pieces: a square protractor with directional arrows and a clear plastic disk with an X-Line marked on it. Place the square protractor around the Extension Tube at the top of the ShapeArray. Rotate the square protractor until the arrows are pointed to one of the following:

  • The expected direction of movement  
  • Other job site datum


Place the clear disk marker with the X-Line around the Extension Tube and on top of the square protractor so that the X-Line is aligned with X-Mark on the Extension Tube. The X-line, the X-Mark on the Springbox Assembly, and the X-mark on the Extension Tube should now all be aligned. Make note of the angle at the X-Line. This will be used in Measurand software when specifying the azimuth offset angle of the ShapeArray.


Figure 8: Align square protractor with desired direction (left) and then align clear plastic disk with X-mark to get azimuth offset angle (right)



Step 6 - Securing the Casing Cap to the Inclinometer Casing


Rotate the SAAV Casing Cap so that the Extension Tube Anchor will be directly above the Extension Tube when screwed into place with the Casing Cap assembly. The Extension Tube should be as level as possible when making the connection to the Casing Cap. Before securing the Casing Cap, make sure that the collar screws are not aligned with the grooves in the inclinometer casing. Hand-tighten three of the four self-tapping screws into the collar to hold the casing cap in place temporarily. With an electric drill, drill through the inclinometer casing through the empty hole in the collar where the fourth screw would be placed. 

NOTE: Any drill bit between 3/16” (4.80 mm) and 7/32” (5.50 mm) can be used. Measurand recommends 13/64” (5.10 mm).


Figure 9: Securing the casing cap to the casing with the four self-tapping screws into the collar


Screw the fourth self-tapping screw into place through the collar and into the inclinometer casing using the electric drill and the included #3 Phillips Drive bit. Remove each of the remaining self-tapping screws in turn and repeat this process until all four holes have been drilled and all self-tapping screws are in place.



Step 7 - Cut the Extension Tube and Apply Final Compression


Set the Extension Tube Anchor on its short edge inside the Casing Cap. While applying a light amount of force on the Extension Tube (approximately 5 kg), mark a line along the anchor on the tube with a marker, as shown in the figure below.


Figure 10: Use the Extension Tube Anchor to mark the Extension Tube


Cut the fibreglass Extension Tube along the marked line using a hack saw or keyhole saw. Insert the Extension Tube Anchor into the top of the tube. Compress the Extension Tube until you can screw the bolt into place using the included ratchet and 7/16” Deep Socket.

NOTE: When cutting fibreglass, be sure to use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), such as the included goggles and dust mask. Please refer to the SAAV Manual for a full description of PPE.


Figure 11: Insert the Extension Tube Anchor into the Extension Tube and compress the tube until the bolt can be screwed into place


Tighten the bolt until the Extension Tube Anchor makes contact with the bottom plate or until the anchor can no longer be moved.

WARNING: Do not use power tools to secure the bolt. This can damage the threads and/or the plate. Use the supplied ratchet and deep socket to secure the Extension Tube Anchor to the Compression Clamp.



Step 8 - Route Cabling and Secure the Casing Cap


Use a small flat headed screwdriver to remove the connector from the end of the ShapeArray cabling. Feed the ShapeArray cable through the cable gland in the Casing Cap. Ensure that approximately 15 cm to 20 cm (6” to 8”) of slack ShapeArray cable is left inside the Casing Cap into the casing for strain relief. 


Figure 12: Feed some slack cable into the casing and the cable gland


Verify that the gasket is in place in the weather-resistant enclosure cover. Place cover on the top of the Casing Cap and secure it with the Phillips screws in each of the four corners. Tighten the nut on the cable gland on the outside of the Casing Cap.


Figure 13: Once the nut on the cable gland is tightened, the installation is complete



Following steps are required to do in SAA Suite Software during SAA Installation Procedure:

Install the SAA in the bore hole/ casing as described above. Read the SAA sensor by the SAA Suite Software. Open Manual Data Collection > Connect SAA > SAA Field Unit > Connect to ComPort > Select the USB Port connected to SAA Field Unit




Step 1: To verify the SAA Installation, go to Diagnostics > SAAV Installation Verification

If the Average Tilt is less than the required value, it shows a red button, need to “pump” the SAA until it shows a green button below, i.e. the segments are fixed in place in relation with the casing.


Save the Raw Data for record.

Step 2: Run a Diagnostic Test, go to Diagnostics > Diagnostic Test > Complete Diagnostic Test



Step 3: Open File > Save Raw data File <Space Bar>

This is a compete procedure to install a normal SAAV Sensor.

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