Height Measuring Instruments


Height measuring instruments are used across a variety of industries. You may be most familiar with those used in the medical field to confirm your height since childhood. Different height measuring tools are used for infants, who cannot stand up to be measured. Other applications for height measuring tools include measuring tree height and even the height of ocean waves.

Human Height Measuring Instrument

  • A stadiometer is a vertical height measuring instrument most of us have encountered in the doctor's office. This is the instrument used to measure adults' and small children's height by moving the plate up or down and resting on the top of the head while standing. A measurement board is a tool that lies on a horizontal surface, like a table; infants are placed on the board to be measured while lying down.

Height Measurement Instrument for Engineers

  • Engineers or inspectors may use a digital motorized height measuring instrument in their work. The height measuring instrument can be used for complex tasks like measuring the height of grooves, planes, bores and shafts, which are surfaces engineers may need to measure in their work. Without such a height measuring tool, engineers would need to get into difficult spaces and perform mathematical calculations to get correct measures.

Tree Height Measurement Instruments

  • An abney level is an engineer's tool that measures tree height by reading the degrees and slope. A blume leiss reads tree height either below eye level or above eye level. The user needs to stand 15 to 40 meters away from the tree. A relaskop will read tree height using the same method as the blume leiss. It can also take other measures at the same time, so it can be a bit more complex to understand the readings. A criterion laser is a newer technology that uses a computer chip to measure height along with an angle reader.

Wave Height Measurement Instrument

  • A wave height and wave direction measurement instrument uses a platform sensor and a single accelerator to measure the pitch, direction and roll of waves, and then consolidates this information to get the wave height. The instrument can measure in half-hour intervals, may include a GPS receiver for recovering it from the working location and can operate on solar power for one to three years.

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