Creating an anthropometric database.

"We are using a state-of-the-art 3D anthropometric body scanner."

  • We have measured the size and shape of 1003 Defence personnel to create an anthropometric database.
  • This data will help the NZDF make future decisions about platforms, equipment and uniforms.
  • As more data is added, the NZDF will use our body profiling research to compare body dimensions over time, within and between the services and make comparisons with international military organisations.

Anthropometry is the study of the human body and its movement. It involves research into measurements relating to people, primarily to describe body dimensions, size, shape, and collecting statistics and measurements relevant to the human body.

The Operations Analysis and Human Systems group from the Defence Technology Agency is creating an anthropometric database that will help the NZDF in future assessments of platforms, equipment and clothing. The data will also help determine if new gear will suit soldiers, sailors and airmen and women before it is purchased.

This extensive study involves collecting 83 body measurements from a sample size of 1003 personnel across the three Services. We took measurements using a state-of-the-art 3D anthropometric laser body scanner as well as some traditional manual methods such as tape, scales and calipers. The study was supported by academia (AUT University and UniSA) and international defence science establishments (DSTG Australia and DRDC Canada).

The database will also provide the NZDF with longitudinal body profiling research, where body shapes of the Defence Force can be compared over time.