Around 6,600 men and women in Mexico are to take part in a comprehensive national sizing survey in 2004, with later extensions planned to bring the survey to a total of 12,000 subjects.

Using the 3D body measurement system developed by [TC]2 (Textile/Clothing Technology Corporation), the SizeMx project has been approved for funding by CONACYT, the National Counsel of Science and Technology and is jointly supported by trusts and the Federal Public Administration.

Mexico's size survey continues a trend that began with SizeUK in 2001, initiating the modern era of population sizing using 3D full body scanning combined with automatic size, shape, and measurement extraction.

SizeUK was followed by SizeUSA, which kicked off in July 2002 and completed subject scanning in September 2003. Over 10,000 subjects participated in SizeUK and also in SizeUSA.

According to Dr Lilia Prado-León of the Ergonomics Research Center at the University of Guadalajara and organiser of SizeMX, "reliable anthropometric data of our population will be a powerful tool for not only clothing applications, but for furniture and other products designed for consumer use.

"Previous studies and our own analysis shows that using 3D scanning technology is an accurate and time-efficient method of data collection.

"By measuring electronically, the survey data set is a dynamic set of information, which can be continually re-analysed as new needs arise, making 3D body scanning the sizing survey technique of the future."

Dr David Bruner, director of technology development at [TC]2 said: "We will be training their staff in November 2003 so they will be completely self-sufficient in executing their national sizing survey, as was done with SizeUK.

"We believe that having a common technology base for the national sizing surveys of the United Kingdom, the United States, and Mexico will be a beginning basis for international collaborations in population sizing studies in the future."