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  • 23 Jul 2015 7:01 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    Hi everybody,

    If you are planning to attend the IEA in Melbourne and interested in anthropometry we’d like to specially invite you to attend two meetings. First on Tuesday please feel free to come to the Anthropometry Resource Australia Special Interest Group meeting (ARASIG)

    Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

    Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2015 (4.15 – 5.45 PM in Room 107)

    Link: http://www.iea2015.org/index.php/program/program-2

     (Please note that the room number might be subject to change, the link above will provide you the latest program)

    We’ll be talking about what group members have been doing over the last 12 months or so, we’re interested in your ideas for the future and what your needs might be and how we can plan to incorporate your ideas into our group. We would like to invite anyone who would like to stay and have a chat after the meeting.

    We’d also like to invite you to the IEA TC Anthropometry meeting

    Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

    Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2015 (5.00 – 6.30 PM in Room 104)

    Link: http://www.iea2015.org/index.php/program/program-2

     (Please note that the room number might be subject to change, the link above will provide you the latest program)

    Anyone interested in anthropometry can come to the meeting so please come along! We’ll be talking about plans over the next 3 years plus there will be an election of a new IEA TC Chair. Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • 09 Jul 2015 8:55 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)
    Melbourne, 9 -14 August 2015


    With this year's theme of 'Reaching Out', the 2015 congress program aims to provide delegates with a plethora of topics which will question and challenge current burning local and international issues that will shape the future of ergonimics in this region of the world. Consisting of plenaries, panel discussions, concurrent workshops, and free communication sessions, the IEA 2015 Congress program is not to be missed.

    http://www.iea2015.org/index.php/registration

  • 18 Jun 2015 8:54 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    Melbourne, 9 -14 August 2015

    With this year's theme of 'Reaching Out', the 2015 congress program aims to provide delegates with a plethora of topics which will question and challenge current burning local and international issues that will shape the future of ergonimics in this region of the world. Consisting of plenaries, panel discussions, concurrent workshops, and free communication sessions, the IEA 2015 Congress program is not to be missed.

    http://www.iea2015.org/index.php/registration

  • 10 Mar 2015 8:09 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    One of our WEAR founding members, Karen Bredenkamp (ERGOnomics TECHnologies, South Africa) has written an interesting piece on "The Dimensional Divide":

    I am of the opinion that an ‘oversized’ gap exists between scientific analysis of anthropometric data and anthropometric inputs used for apparel and product design. So, where does the problem lie? Is it with the training courses for designers? Do they not have enough (if any) exposure to all types of (traditional and three dimensional (form)) anthropometric data or the software used for analysis thereof?


    If designers do not get the required exposure, why is this? The question of availability of anthropometric databases comes to mind. In most cases, the anthropometric data that is available freely to the public, including students, are small datasets and more often processed data such as minimum, maximum, average and some percentile data. The range of variables might not be extensive enough to include all dimensions required by the designers. Therefore, they are forced to do the unthinkable: add and subtract percentile data to derive variables not
    included in the original dataset. Some insightful teachers and professors might warn the designers of the future, of the risks involved in deriving variables in this way. But with the lack of other data, what are the students left to do? Another issue is the unavailability of population specific data. As a result, designers resort to using whatever data they can find… because we are all human and humans look “similar”.


    For some disciplines, this assumption of similarity might be sufficient, but within the science of anthropometry this assumption is detrimental! As a result of the unavailability of RAW, population specific, and especially three-dimensional form anthropometric data, there is limited to no exposure to the development of analysis know-how, specialised methodologies and software tools by which to analyse body form and size data for implementation in design.


    So, why is anthropometric data not freely available? I like the statement made by Wilson et al. (2014) “Data management and stewardship problems continue to be addressed piecemeal. Each organisation responds to its own needs with its own data standards and policies”. Funding an anthropometric survey is costly. Especially a well thought through survey which includes all the ‘cheques and balances’ to ensure high levels of data accuracy. In today’s cut-throat, cashstrapped times, organisations which can see their way through spending their money on such a survey, want to see some form of return on investment! Normally, this could be in the form of a product which will sell to make LOTS of money. This product will have competitor’s edge since it was based on access to data that ‘noone else has’. This edge ends up being a double edged sword because now we end up right where we started: anthropometric data for designers who don’t have the required know-how, procedures or tools to analyse.


    Then we get to the question of “Is it really fair to expect designers to be experts on anthropometry?” Designers find themselves preoccupied with development and design aspects, such as latest material technologies, design tools and software, design rules and principles to mention a few.

    On the other hand, the scientists specializing in anthropometry normally have a scientific background in anthropology, anthropometry or other related disciplines. This knowledge together with the knowledge of the potential added benefit of raw, population specific anthropometric data, is used to motivate for population specific surveys with appropriate decision makers and funders. Normally, such funding institutions also make funding available for research which could include exposure to analysis methodologies and software tool development. So now, the data can be analysed, extracted, compared and studied. Unfortunately, because they are scientists and not designers, this is normally where it stops. Or, the processed data is handed over to designers. In the event that there is a close working relationship and shared goals between the anthropometry specialists and the designers (normally because they work for the same organisation and they have shared goals and interests) it might be possible to get to an end product which incorporates all that
    the latest anthropometric data and analysis tools have to offer. However, in most cases, the anthropometry specialists and the designers speak two different languages and have isolated expectations, work pressures and deliverable priorities.


    Either, the anthropometry specialists cannot provide the anthropometric inputs in a format that the designer can use, or the designers do not have the know-how of how to design from anthropometric data ‘from scratch’. Designers might have become so accustomed to design using design guidelines (typically taught during their design course) based on long forgotten, processed anthropometric data (I can assume that it most probably was not population specific). So, all the advantages of advancements in anthropometric data quality and analysis tools are lost.


    So, what is needed to bridge this gap? An industry that is keen to evolve and embrace everything that new technologies and advances in the field of 3D anthropometry has to offer! A closer working relationship, tolerance and willingness to share and learn attitude between anthropometry specialists, apparel and design training institutions and industry designers. And finally, but most importantly, funding sources that are willing to spend money on POPULATION SPECIFIC anthropometric surveys (focused on ensuring high levels of data accuracy) and make data freely
    available to industry!


    Wilson, A., Downs, R.R., Lenhardt, W.C., Meyer, C., Michener, W., Ramapriyan, H. and Robinson, E. 2014. Realizing the Value of a National Asset: Scientific Data.
    Eos 95: 50 (16 December 2014).

  • 03 Mar 2015 7:29 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    If you've got anything interesting, please send me a link at daisy@sharpdummies.com.au so we can add it in our Flipboard magazine "Bodysizeshape"

    https://flipboard.com/@sressler/bodysizeshape-vdm2b5ery

  • 03 Mar 2015 7:05 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    One of our WEAR members, Sandra Alemany, has been working on an interesting project related to the customization of insoles from the 3D reconstruction of the feet using a mobile app and 3D printing technology for the manufacturing process.


    For further details, please see:

    http://biomecanicamente.org/index.php/revista/item/154-rb-61-sunfeet-ingles

  • 24 Feb 2015 6:41 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    We have made a couple of help videos, not only how to join WEAR but how to log on to the databases and build a query. These videos will assist you in the data search to come up with answers to your ergonomic or human factors questions. View the help item here.

  • 11 Dec 2014 7:23 AM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    Read about our CODATA blog here - recent activities


  • 25 Jun 2014 10:18 PM | Daisy Veitch (Administrator)

    We just had a wonderful conference in Canada! For those of you who want to join WEAR - you can join in two ways. 1) you can just subscribe to the newsletter for free and we will send you occasional emails letting you know some WEAR news and anything else interesting, like developments in the Global Fitmapping Group progress, or 2) if you want data, you can access AMI and ARIS for a fee. Remember if you were at the conference to use the discount code I gave you to get to discounted rate. Email me if you need any help or reminders.

    Please feel free to add comments to this blog about things you liked about the conference and anything you would like to see if we repeated the event.

    Thank you all for coming and great to see you all there!

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