Low-Pressure VW Piezometers

Durham Geo’s Low-Pressure VW Piezometers are specially designed to monitor small changes in pore-water pressure. Low-pressure VW Piezometers can also be used, in conjunction with a barometer, to monitor water levels in open wells and wiers.


The VW piezometer converts water pressure to a frequency signal via a diaphragm, a tensioned steel wire, and an electromagnetic coil. The piezometer is designed so that a change in pressure on the diaphragm causes a change in the tension of the wire. When excited by the electromagnetic coil, the wire vibrates at its natural frequency. The vibration of the wire in the proximity of the coil generates a frequency signal that is transmitted to the readout device. The readout device processes the signal, applies calibration factors, and displays a reading in the required engineering unit.

Advantages of Vibrating Wire Piezometers

High Resolution: VW piezometers provide a resolution of 0.025% of full scale.

High Accuracy: Slope Indicator’s automated, precision calibration system ensures that all VW piezometers meet or exceed their accuracy specifications.

Groutable: The VW piezometer can be directly grouted in with a bentonite-cement grout. More information about the direct grout-in method can be found in the VW piezometer manual and a technical note.

Rapid Response: VW piezometers offer rapid response to changes in pore water pressure, whether they are grouted in, pushed into cohesive soils, or embedded in a sand filter zone.

Reliable Signal Transmission: With properly shielded cable, signals from the VW piezometer can be transmitted long distances.

Temperature Measurement: All VW piezometers are equipped with a temperature sensor.

For more information

Please download the datasheet and manual for the VW Piezometer. These documents can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. For more information about fully-grouted piezometers, please visit our Papers and References page.

Low-Pressure VW Piezometer Specifications

0.7 bar (10 psi) Piezometer52611610
1.8 bar (25 psi) Piezometer52611625
Signal Cable50613824

VW Piezometer Specifications

Sensor TypePluck-type vibrating wire sensor with built-in thermistor
RangeStandard ranges are listed at left. Custom calibration ranges are available
Accuracy±0.1% FS for 0.7 – 7 bar sensors, ±0.3% FS for 17 and 35 bar sensors
Maximum Pressure1.5 x rated range
Filter50-micron, sintered stainless steel. A ceramic 1-bar high-air entry filter can be ordered for standard and heavy-duty piezometers by specifying part number 60101240 in addition to the piezometer part number
Temperature Coefficient< 0.04% FS per °C
MaterialsStainless steel
SizeStandard: 19 x 195 mm (0.75 x 7.75″)
Low-Pressure: 29 x 191 mm (1.125 x 7.5″).
Heavy-Duty: 29 x 191 mm (1.125 x 7.5″).
Push-In: 35 x 270 mm (1.385 x 10.5″)
WeightStandard: 0.16 kg (0.3 lb).
Low pressure: 0.45 kg (1 lb).
Heavy duty: 0.8 kg (1.75 lb).
Push-in: 1.2 kg (2.75 lb).
Signal Cable50613824Shielded cable with four 22-gauge tinned-copper conductors and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) jacket armored
d Signal Cable50613586Shield cable with four 22-gauge tinned-copper conductors, inner polyurethane jacket, steel braid armor, and outer high-density, polyethylene jacket. For heavy-duty piezometer only
VW Data Recorder52613500
Jumper Cable for Terminal Box52613557
Terminal Box for 6 sensors57711606
Terminal Box for 12 Sensors57711600
Terminal Box for 24 Sensors97711624
VW MiniLogger for 1 Sensor52613310
4-Channel V-Logger52615140
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