What is it about?

Many people in industry and science want to use 3D Body Scanning to measure people quickly and accurately, taking hundreds of measurements just a few seconds. Yet industry and science need accuracy in their measurements to produce high quality and reliable work. Accuracy is being able to take the same measurement every time with many people. Research has, until now, ignored posture's impact on accuracy of 3D Body Scanning's measurements. We address this issue and provide a consistent and accurate method of measuring the human body.

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Why is it important?

We prove that by changing the posture people stand in while being scanned key measurements, such as the hip girth, change by such a large amount that the person is classified in a different clothing size! Without standardising posture while being scanned, 3D Body Scanning cannot be used for science, design, or predicting a consumer's clothes size. Our developments allow, for the first time, data to be collected from scanners in different locations and times, for technicians to compare and use with confidence in the compatibility of the measurements.


The need for standardized scanning protocols is made clearly by this paper. The validity of previous anthropometric taxonomies is called into question as if their data sets that calculations were based on are drawn from scanning sessions without standardises posture, then the resulting calculations will be invalid. The scan posture standardisation proposed by this paper should be taken as a procedure as important as statistical power in statistics.

Dr Christopher J. Parker
Loughborough University

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This page is a summary of: Scan posture definition and hip girth measurement: the impact on clothing design and body scanning, Ergonomics, November 2016, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2016.1251621.
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