Symposia / General Information
A Joint ASTM/WEAR Conference on Anthropometry and Fit will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday June 24-25, 2014.
Sponsored by ASTM Committee D13.55 on Body Measurement for Apparel Sizing and WEAR (World Engineering
Anthropometry Resource), the conference will be held at the Sheraton Toronto in Toronto, ON, Canada, in conjunction with
the June standards development meetings of the Committee.
There is a critical need for improved apparel sizing and fit methods for health, safety and well-being. Millions of dollars are
lost each year due to poor fit, and poor fit can be unsafe for not only protective wear but also for every day apparel items.
For example, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates sizing for children's sleepwear and requires a snug
fit for fire protection. Few companies measure garment fit on anyone other than a single individual who is their fit model.
As a result, neither the range of fit in a single size, nor the population accommodated in the full size range is measured or
known. In other words, companies are missing huge segments of their target markets. Evidence for the pervasiveness of fit
problems in the apparel industry can be found by searching the internet for companies who have body scanners or gimmicks
such as a virtual model to try clothes for you to help you find your size. They don?t work because no one knows what
garment fits what body. Fit problems are perhaps more serious and even less well understood for protective apparel such as
body armor or firefighters cooling systems. The good news is there are solutions out there. In this conference there will be
- the need for a body of knowledge and an accessible database of fit,
- new methods for fitting a target market that can improve fit by at least 50% over a product's current fit with the same
number of sizes, and
- how to establish a fit data management ontology that enables sharing and understanding of fit knowledge across agencies,
disciplines, and countries.
The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of research and standards development based on anthropometry
pertinent to the apparel industry and other industries that need anthropometric information for developing products that fit the
The recent advances in anthropometric techniques — from 3–D body scans to statistical methods —
provide unprecedented information about the shape and variability of the human body. The new techniques and tools
developed in the research community can potentially change the way we design and test products and workspaces. However,
due to lack of communication, these new technologies have not been effectively adopted in the industry. This joint
conference will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and information between the researchers and the end users. It will also
be an opportunity to identify knowledge and technological gaps in the application of engineering anthropometry in the
More information regarding the conference will be posted in November 2013.
The language of the conference will be English.
Additional information about the conference is available from Conference Co-Chairmen:
Allan Keefe- Toronto, Canada, Email: email@example.com, tel: 1 416-635-2126
Janice Larsen, Richmond, BC, Canada, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 604-764-5327
Kathleen Robinette, Stillwater, OK, Email: email@example.com, tel: 405-744-5049
Chang Shu- firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Sisk, Hoffman Estates, IL, Email: email@example.com, tel: 847-286-4439
Daisy Veitch, Adelaide, AU, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +61 8 8370 0202
Committee D13 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these
meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web listed immediately
above, and click "Future Meetings".
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Toronto. Hotel registration information will be posted at the ASTM website approximately 8 weeks before the conference.
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