Flexible Rod Extensometer

Geonor, Inc - Precision Instrumentation


The Flexible Rod Extensometer is a low cost, convenient instrument for the monitoring of ground displacements. Designed to withstand severe field conditions and accommodate transverse shear. The unit is supplied completely assembled and sealed for grouting into the borehole. Rod displacement readings may be taken manually using a dial gauge or monitored continuously with a remote readout head.

The extensometer consists of a maximum of 6 or 10 carbon fiber, fiberglass, or spring steel rods, each sheathed in a neat fitting plastic tube. One end of each rod is connected to a ribbed steel anchor, grouted into the borehole. The other end is fitted with a brass cap which is the displacement surface with reference to the collar tube. The multiple rods are sheathed in a polyethylene tube, sealed at each anchor point. This construction provides a void for limited transverse shearing of the borehole without the rods being jammed. Before coiling of the extensometer, the ends of the rods are locked in position at the collar and are released only after the grout has hardened in the borehole.


  • Unit is supplied completely assembled and sealed, ready for installation.
  • Assembly is light in weight and easily handled, allowing for a quick and simple installation.
  • Compact design allows installation in boreholes of minimum size; up to 6 or 10 rods may be accommodated in a 60 mm borehole.
  • Limited transverse shear accommodated, without jamming of rods.


  • Monitoring roof and wall stability in mines and underground workings.


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