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Scan posture definition and hip girth measurement: the impact on clothing design and body scanning

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posted on 19.06.2018, 10:44 by Simeon Gill, Christopher J. Parker
Ergonomic measurement is central to product design and development; especially for body worn products and clothing. However, there is a large variation in measurement definitions, complicated by new body scanning technology that captures measurements in a posture different to traditional manual methods. Investigations of hip measurement definitions in current clothing measurement practices supports analysis of the effect of scan posture and hip measurement definition on the circumferences of the hip. Here, the hip girth is a key clothing measurement that is not defined in current body scanning measurement standards. Sixty-four participants were scanned in the standard scan posture of a [TC] 2 body scanner, and also in a natural posture similar to that of traditional manual measurement collection. Results indicate that scan posture affects hip girth circumferences, and that some current clothing measurement practices may not define the largest lower body circumference. Recommendations are made concerning how the hip is defined in measurement practice and within body scanning for clothing product development. Practitioner Summary: The hip girth is an important measurement in garment design, yet its measurement protocol is not currently defined. We demonstrate that body posture during body scanning affects hip circumferences, and that current clothing measurement practices may not define the largest lower body circumference. This paper also provides future measurement practice recommendations.

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Ergonomics

Volume

60

Issue

8

Pages

1123 - 1136

Citation

GILL, S. and PARKER, C.J., 2016. Scan posture definition and hip girth measurement: the impact on clothing design and body scanning. Ergonomics, 60 (8), pp.1123-1136.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

14/10/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Ergonomics on 15 November 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00140139.2016.1251621.

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0014-0139

eISSN

1366-5847

Language

en

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