R. Barnes, "3D Measurement of Children - Shape GB - The UK National Childrenswear Survey", in Proc. of 2nd Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2011, pp. 315-319, http://dx.doi.org/10.15221/11.315.
3D Measurement of Children - Shape GB - The UK National Childrenswear Survey
Select Research Ltd, UK
Shape GB is the first phase of a major national research project to measure children, seven years since the last National Sizing Survey measured men and women as part of Size UK.
The first phase of Shape GB was funded by major clothing retailers including Next, Monsoon, Shop Direct and George at ASDA and supported by The University of Hertfordshire, Aston University, Loughborough University, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Hull. The research was co-ordinated and managed by Select as the established specialists in this large scale sizing surveys in the UK. A key element of the research approach was the use of 3D body scanning technology to successfully capture the data in place of more traditional methods, measuring over 2,500 boys and girls aged 4-17. It is the first large scale survey for the retail clothing industry in the UK on children since 1978 and the first using 3D scanners.
The second phase of the research, which commences in Autumn 2011, will aim to repeat the first phase but with a focus on the measurement of babies and toddlers and is funded by additional retailers committed to the Shape GB project. The third phase in 2012 will concentrate on ensuring that national representation on ethnicity is achieved in line with current census data.
For Phase one, over an 18 month period from March 2009 to August 2010, more than 2,500 children aged 4-17 were scanned at twelve locations across England, Scotland and Wales, to obtain a representative sample of UK children. [TC]2 NX12 3D body scanners were used to collect 3D scans of the children together with a small number of supplementary manual measurements.
The data collected provide a robust 3D data set, the first set ever available on children. At present the data contain nearly 200 individual measurements encompassing lengths, girths and circumferences that provide not only the familiar measures of body size, but also provide a much greater understanding of body shape and the changes in children over the years.
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