Vibrating Wire Soil Extensometer

The Vibrating Wire Soil Extensometer measures lateral deformation of soil and rock, particularly in embankment dams and quarry or mining excavations.


A chain of successive displacement transducers and anchor beams may be employed to provide a continuous profile of movement. The Extensometer consists of a Vibrating Wire displacement transducer contained within a heavy-duty sealed housing.

A telescoping PVC sleeve protects the extension rod from soil contact, ensuring its free movement.

As lateral movement occurs, the distance between the VW transducer and the anchor is changed. This causes a change of frequency in the VW transducer; the change is measured and can be converted to give the displacement in millimetres.  

The Vibrating Wire Soil Extensometer includes the following features:

Product Features
  • Accurate, robust and very good long-term stability
  • Heavy duty steel housing suitable for burial in rock-fill
  • Suitable for remote reading
  • Over-voltage surge arrestor fitted to protect against electrical damage
  • Connecting cable is strong, flexible, armoured and can be used in lengths in excess of 1000m
  • Waterproof and sealed to 1000kPa
Product Benefits
  • Suitable for remote reading and datalogging
  • Very heavy duty
  • Accuracy unaffected by cable length



The Soil Extensometer is connected between two anchor beams.

Any displacement between the anchor beams will cause movement to the VW transducer, via its connecting rod. This changes the tension in the vibrating causing a change in frequency.

The resulting displacement can then be measured in mm.



The measurement of soil and rock movements including:

  • Horizontal and vertical displacements within embankment fill material
  • Displacements of retaining walls and abutments
  • Foundation spreading
  • Control of natural and cut slopes, quarry and mining excavations

Technical Rating


E7 - Vibrating Wire Soil Extensometer Datasheet

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This downloadable PDF is the new itmsoil datasheet. 

Man065 - Vibrating Wire Soil Extensometer User Manual

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Western Australia

Perth Office

209/396 Scarborough Beach Road
Osborne Park
WA 6017


New South Wales

Sydney Office

Unit 137, 18 Buchanan Street
NSW 2041

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