3DBODY.TECH 2018 - Paper 18.297

A.F. Ramoa et al., "The Anthropometric Study of the Portuguese Population Using the 3D Body Scanning Technology - Its Contribution to the Improvement of Size Tables", in Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2018 - 9th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 16-17 Oct. 2018, pp. 297-305, https://doi.org/10.15221/18.297.


The Anthropometric Study of the Portuguese Population Using the 3D Body Scanning Technology - Its Contribution to the Improvement of Size Tables


Ana Florinda RAMOA 1, Ana BARROS 1, Jose MORGADO 1, Ana Paula DINIS 2

1 CITEVE - Centro Tecnologico das Industrias Textil e do Vestuario de Portugal, Vila Nova de Famalicao, Portugal;
2 ATP - Associacao Textil e Vestuario de Portugal, Vila Nova de Famalicao, Portugal


This paper presents the methodology used in the anthropometric survey of the Portuguese population. There is a lack of information in the construction of size tables and this could pose a big problem for brands mainly due to a significant increase in online shopping. Clothes should be comfortable and have a good fit. Size tables not adjustable to end users can represent a high return rate, making stock management very difficult. In Portugal there are some anthropometric studies conducted essentially by Universities and medical centres for civilian and military use. However these studies are made only for very restrictive groups of the population and do not provide the information that garment companies need to construct size tables. On the other hand, there is very few information at an European level.
There is an European standard, the EN13402, but when a garment company tries to use its information to build their size tables, they are faced with a lot of difficulties, mainly:
- The size tables used by industrial companies have more measurement points than the Standard;
- The EN13402-3 standard has some examples that are supposed to help companies in the construction of their size tables, however, the combinations of values are numerous, and if garment companies do not have any anthropometric data about their target population it is virtually impossible to construct an adequate size table relying only on the EN13402-3 Standard.
In order to help companies acquire the necessary information to construct their size tables, CITEVE and ATP did an anthropometric study on the Portuguese population, which was carried out on different parts of the country, with the inclusion of both men and women between the ages of 18 and 86 years old. The study was conducted using the TC2 body scanner, measuring 119 different points (waist, hip and bust girths as example).
The main results of the survey are:
- The basic statistics for the 119 measurement points (mean, standard deviation, ...);
- The measurements identification of the "caverage Portuguese", male and female;
- The evolution of the measurement points (bust/chest, hip, waist), by age groups, which is important for the grading system;
- A tool to help companies to analyse if their size tables are adjusted to the Portuguese population and to better manage their stocks inside the shops.


Full paper: 18297ramoa.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2018, 16-17 Oct. 2018, Lugano, Switzerland
Pages: 297-305
DOI: 10.15221/18.297

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