D13 Textiles

    About the Event

    The Joint ASTM/WEAR Conference on Anthropometry and Fit to 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 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 discussions about:

    • 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 human shape.

    Specific Objectives
    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 industry.

    For additional information regarding the conference please visit http://bodysizeshape.com/Default.aspx?pageId=1694970

    The language of the conference will be English.

    Technical Program

    Click on the link for the schedule/program of presentation times, paper titles, and presenters' names View Scheduled Program

    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the conference and closes June 18, 2014. The fees to attend this conference are listed below.

    The special fee is for WEAR members only.

    Dinner Cruise
    A dinner cruise will take place on Tuesday June 24, 2014 for those interested in attending. The cost for the dinner cruise is $85.00 US Dollars. Registration is required to attend this event. You must be registered by May 2, 2014 to attend this event.

    A tour of the Defence Research and Development Canada, DRDC, will take place on Thursday June 26, 2014. The bus transportation will leave the hotel at approximately 8:00am and will return around 12:30pm. Please note that there is an additional fee to attend the tours. The tours are limited to 40 attendees on a first come first serve basis. The fee to attend the tours is $35.00 which includes transportation.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions only.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the conference. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at conference.

    A refund of the conference fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the conference. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at hsparks@astm.org or 610-832-9678.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at hsparks@astm.org, Tel: 610/832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    OnlineOn Site
    ASTM Member Fee325.00350.00
    Non-Member Fee350.00375.00
    Presenter Fee Waived Waived
    Special Fee325.00350.00
    Student Fee Waived Waived

    Continuing Education Units

    Conference attendees interested in receiving 1.05 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the conference, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the conference.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the conference is available from Conference Co-Chairmen:
    Allan Keefe- Toronto, Canada, Email: allan.keefe@drdc-rddc.gc.ca, tel: 1 416-635-2126
    Janice Larsen, Richmond, BC, Canada, Email: janicelarsen@gmail.com, tel: 604-764-5327
    Kathleen Robinette, Stillwater, OK, Email: kath.robinette@okstate.edu, tel: 405-744-5049
    Chang Shu- chang.shu2@gmail.com
    Susan Sisk, Hoffman Estates, IL, Email: sick_susan@yahoo.com, tel: 847-286-4439
    Daisy Veitch, Adelaide, AU, Email: daisy@sharpdummies.com.au, tel: +61 8 8370 0202

    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9. Reservations may be made via our reservation link Reservation at the Sheraton Centre Toronto

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the Sheraton Centre at 1-800-325-3535 or 416-361-1000 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate).

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than May 15, 2014. ASTM rates are $185 single/double plus 13% tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT: The Sheraton Centre requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

    CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is provided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton Centre, notice of cancellation must be received 24 hours prior to arrival date.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: The Sheraton Centre has high speed internet access in guest rooms at $14.95 per day. The hotel offers free wireless internet service in the hotel lobby.

    Transportation and Directions

    The Sheraton Centre is located approximately 17 miles from the Pearson International Airport. The hotel's phone number is 416-361-1000 and the general fax number is 416-947-4854. The website for the hotel is Sheraton Centre Toronto Information.

    For information on the city of Toronto, visit the Toronto Convention and Visitors Bureau website at: Toronto Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Airport Express Shuttle is available at the baggage claim terminal. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes at a cost of $23.95 one way and $40.00 round trip. Taxis cost approximately $58.

    PARKING: Valet parking is $48.00 per night and self-parking is $15.00 (day rate at city hall).

    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for Toronto. For weather information, visit Weather Information

    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee D13 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMIT/COMMITTEE/D13.htm or contact the ASTM staff manager, Jen Rodgers at jrodgers@astm.org or tel: 610- 832-9694.

    Future Meeting Dates

    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".

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