Paper 13.258

R. Trieb et al., "EUROFIT - Integration, Homogenisation and Extension of the Scope of Large 3D Anthropometric Data Pools for Product Development", in Proc. of 4th Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Long Beach CA, USA, 2013, pp. 258-271, http://dx.doi.org/10.15221/13.258.

Title:

EUROFIT - Integration, Homogenisation and Extension of the Scope of Large 3D Anthropometric Data Pools for Product Development

Authors:

Rainer TRIEB 1, Alfredo BALLESTER 2, George KARTSOUNIS 3, Sandra ALEMANY 2, Jordi URIEL 2, Guido HANSEN 1, Florendia FOURLI 3, Mirco SANGUINETTI 3, Michael VAN GENABITH 4

1 Human Solutions GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany;
2 IBV - Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia, Spain;
3 Hypercliq E.E., Athens, Greece;
4 Human Solutions of North America, Carey, USA

Abstract:

Over the last decades, human body metrics have been used to improve human-product interaction. Along this period, the use of 1D-measurements in "classic" ergonomic applications has been extended to consumer goods industries such as the automotive, apparel, furniture or orthopedic products. New technologies for the gathering, storage and analysis of anthropometric data have boosted the availability of digital anthropometric resources. Since 1999, more than 16 large-scale national 3D body scanning surveys have been conducted around the world (six in Europe). The availability of these data pools has created the opportunity to exploit shape information beyond today's 1D-measurement based use and methodologies. However, these data pools are dispersed and heterogeneous (e.g. different scanning technologies or different protocols) and, above all, the exploitation of 3D data at industry level requires knowledge, skills and resources beyond the means of companies, especially SMEs. These barriers have until now strongly limited the use of existing 3D shape data to scientific and academic research.
The paper introduces the EUROFIT project initiative (www.eurofit-project.eu). EUROFIT is a collaborative project co-funded by the European Community which started in June 2012. EUROFIT vision is to unleash the huge potential provided by the increasing number of databases of 3D body scans for the European consumer goods' industries. The project aims to implement an online platform and an open framework that enables designers and industrialists to draw useful 3D shape information and use it in their product development processes in an easy and direct way. R&D work focusses on the systematization and extension of methods for 3D shape data aggregation and analysis in a reliable but economically sustainable way, as well as on the development of sector-specific applications and user-friendly interfaces.

Keywords:

Sizing Surveys, 3D Body Scanning, 3D Surface Anthropometry, Homologous Shape Representation, Shape Data Harmonization, Shape Analysis, iSize

Details:

Full paper: 13.258.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBST 2013, 19-20 Nov. 2013, Long Beach California, USA
Pages: 258-271
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15221/13.258

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