Human Solutions' Body Measurement Initiative Takes Aim at Kids' Sizing

Together with the Canadian Apparel Research and Innovation Center Vestechpro, Human Solutions is to launch a major anthropometric serial measurement survey that is representative of the many demographic populations in the United States and Canada. 3D body scanners will capture up-to-date body measurements in various postures and the acquired data will subsequently be prepared for the requirements of the automotive and apparel industry. This initiative is aiming to be inclusive and will include a systematic survey of children from the age of 6 years and up.

The survey, "Size NorthAmerica" is the most extensive serial measurement survey project on the North American continent to date. The project aims to develop current and representative dimensions for the automotive and apparel industry. Body measurements, dimensions, proportions, and demographic data of more than 17,000 men, women and children will be collected.

People change – and precise knowledge of the human bodyshape is indispensable for the development of vehicles and apparel. Body measurements, proportions and the demographic structure have changed significantly over the past few decades. The currently available anthropometric data and the standard size tables, which are based on these data, present problems and are challenging for the apparel industry. Changes and detailed information for the specific target group markets have not been tracked properly. Size NorthAmerica aims to capture and document these changes. Body measurements of children in particular have been poorly monitored.

The serial measurement survey of children and juveniles is also a point of focus, as is the updating of measurement tables for adults. A special survey for the age group between 6 and 17 years has never taken place until now in North America. Children's size tables currently used are related to datasets from 1930 to 1970.

Revising sizes classification in line with the relevant market
"The large-scale serial measurement program in the United States and Canada carried out with our project partner, Vestechpro, will enable us to determine the changes in the body measurements and proportions of the North American population. Based on the data acquired, we'll process the current body dimension statistics for the requirements of the automotive and apparel industry", says Michael van Genabith, president of Human Solutions of North America, Inc. d/b/a Assyst. "The Size NorthAmerica serial measurement survey will provide us with relevant information on safety, handling and comfort for product development in the automotive industry. We enable apparel manufacturers to analyze body measurements and assign current body proportions to company-specific size tables – allowing them to optimize their sizing concept."

Measurement results are integrated into the iSize database
For the first time, results will be available in a completely new form: the iSize web portal. The iSize web portal provides quick and convenient access to the results and is also flexible with comfortable evaluation and analysis functions. Participating companies can carry out company and target group specific evaluations. The Size NorthAmerica survey will be carried out by the Human Solutions Group in cooperation with Vestechpro. Human Solutions has an experienced team of ergonomics and anthropometrical specialists, state-of-the-art 3D-measuring technology, the IT infrastructure, and nearly 20 years of experience in the field of 3D body measurement extraction. This globally-leading technology and expertise for large serial measurement surveys has already proven itself in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, China, Spain and many other countries.

In order to tailor the serial measurement survey to the needs of the industry from the outset, companies and organizations are invited to participate actively. Companies can register for participation in the Size NorthAmerica survey from now until Sept. 30, 2015. 

At a glance: What data is acquired – and how?
• Measurement with 3D body scanners
• More than 100 measurements taken per individual
• 4 postures to be scanned per individual: 3 standing and 1 seated position
• Compatibility with ASTM measurement definitions
• In accordance with ISO 8559 (garment construction and anthropometric survey)
• In accordance with ISO 7250 (basic human body measurements for technological design)
• Demographic questionnaire
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