Body Size Survey in Manawatu

The New Zealand Defence Force anthropometry (body size) survey moved through Manawatu in July, specifically by measuring the body sizes of soldiers at Linton army camp and airpersons in Ohakea RNZAF airbase. This was part of a national Defence Force survey that is currently being conducted by the Defence Technology Agency - Human Systems Integration Group, led by Ergonomist Stephven Kolose. 

The survey is the largest ever anthropometric survey of any New Zealander populations and uses a new laser whole-body scanner (the only one in New Zealand) as well as manual measurements, so that the Defence Force is better able to match its equipment purchases with the needs of its personnel. 

The data collected in the survey will be used as part of Mr Kolose’s PhD, which is being co-supervised by Professor Stephen Legg of Massey’s Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety in the School of Public Health.


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