The main objective of this thesis is to evaluate the impact of the most common working postures, sitting and standing, on the variation of peoples’ anthropometric data and of perceived comfort.

To accomplish this objective some other specific objectives were defined:

  • Understand what is the most adequate method to collect anthropometric data;
  • Evaluate and compare the precision and reliability of the two anthropometric data collection techniques used (manual and 3D);
  • Identify the issues that can affect anthropometric data quality in both techniques;
  • Understand the impact that the working postures have on the human body;
  • Quantify the variation of the anthropometric data during a working day, resulting from maintaining a static posture (sitting or standing);
  • Quantify the instant variation of the anthropometric data according to the working posture adopted;
  • Recognize the impact that those variations have on clothing;
  • Understand the opinions of users regarding their relationship with the work-wear.

After all the previously stated objectives are accomplished, another goal of this project is to create a prototype of a garment where the variation in the anthropometric data during active working postures are considered, making it adaptable to the posture adopted in each moment.

Title of project: Study on the influence of common working postures on individuals’ comfort and anthropometric data
Start/End date: September 2012 to April 2016
Funding: NA
Institutions: Universidade do Minho
People involved:

 

Sara Braganca, Pedro Arezes, Miguel Carvalho, Susan Ashdown
Outputs: Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., Ashdown, S., Castellucci, I. & Leão, C. (2018). A comparison of manual anthropometric measurements with Kinect-based scanned measurements in terms of precision and reliability. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 59(3), 325-339. http://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-182684

Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., Ashdown, S., Xu, B. & Castellucci, I. (2017). Validation study of a Kinect based body imaging system. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 57(1), 9-21. http://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-172532

Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., Ashdown, S. & Leão, C. (2017). Assessment of the intraday variability of anthropometric measurements in the work environment: a pilot study. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2017.1322803

Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Arezes, P. & Ashdown, S. (2017). Work-wear pattern design to accommodate different working postures. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 29(3), 294–313. http://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-05-2016-0063

Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., & Ashdown, S. (2016). Current state of the art and enduring issues in anthropometric data collection. DYNA-Colombia, 83(197), 22–30. http://doi.org/10.15446/dyna.v83n197.57586Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., & Ashdown, S. (2016). Effects of different body postures on anthropometric measures. In F. Rebelo & M. Soares (Eds.), Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2016  International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World®, Florida, USA (pp. 313–322). Cham: Springer International Publishing. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41983-1_28

Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., & Ashdown, S. (2016). Implications of dynamic working postures in garments’ comfort. In 6th International Ergonomics Conference (E 2016) (pp. 31–38). Zadar, Croatia.

Bragança, S., Fontes, L., Arezes, P., Edelman, E., & Carvalho, M. (2015). The impact of work clothing design on workers’ comfort. Procedia Manufacturing: 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, 3, 5889–5896. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.898

Bragança, S., Arezes, P., & Carvalho, M. (2015). An overview of the current three-dimensional body scanners for anthropometric data collection. In Pedro M. Arezes, J. S. Baptista, M. P. Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, … G. Perestrelo (Eds.), Occupational Safety and Hygiene III: 11th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO 2015)(pp. 149–153). Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press. Indexed in SCOPUS

Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., & Ashdown, S. (2014). 3D anthropometric data collection for occupational ergonomics purposes: A review. In P. M. . Arezes, J. S. Baptista, M. P. . Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, … G. Perestrelo (Eds.), Occupational Safety and Hygiene II: 10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO 2014)(pp. 393–398). London: CRC Press.

Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Xu, B., Arezes, P., & Ashdown, S. (2014). A validation study of a Kinect based Body Imaging (KBI) device system based on ISO 20685:2010. In 5th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning Technologies (3DBST 2014) (pp. 372–377). Lugano, Switzerland. http://doi.org/10.15221/14.372

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