Anthropometry in the Canadian Armed Forces - Members and Students



Free for Members and Students

Date: Wednesday September 16, 2015

Time: 10am PT - 1pm Eastern

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Focus:

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) requires current body size and shape to inform the specification, evaluation, design and acquisition of clothing, equipment, platforms and vehicles. Previously, the most recently available anthropometric data consisted of the 1997 Land Forces Survey (Canadian Army), 1985 Canadian Forces Aircrew Survey (male, pilots and navigators only), while the Royal Canadian Navy has never conducted a survey of its population.   

To provide an updated dataset for all services, the 2012 Canadian Forces Anthropometric Survey (CFAS) was conducted, measuring over 2200 CAF personnel using both traditional (e.g. measuring tape and calipers) and 3D laser scanning methods.   

This webinar will provide an overview of the 2012 CFAS methodology, results and visualization and analysis tools that are being developed along with examples of how the data is benefiting a variety of projects, from acquisition to biomechanical modeling. A demonstration of a novel whole body 3D shape analysis tool as well as future work in encumbered anthropometry and digital human modeling will also be presented.


Presenter Bio

Allan Keefe is a Defence Scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). He has a background in biomechanics and physiology, earning degrees from the University of Waterloo (BSc) and University of Ottawa (MSc). He began his career at Defence Research Establishment in Ottawa, where he conducted thermophysiology research in support of the development of protective clothing and equipment used in extreme cold or hot environments. He is a co-developer of the Cold Exposure Survival Model, a hypothermia model that predicts survival times of casualties exposed to cold environments. This model is used extensively by Search and Rescue authorities as part of their mission management software.

Currently, he is working a DRDC Toronto Research Centre where he was the Scientific Lead for the 2012 Canadian Forces Anthropometric Survey, measuring over 2200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel using both traditional and 3D scan methods. Data obtained during this survey is currently being used to inform the design, development, evaluation and acquisition of clothing, equipment and platforms for the Canadian Armed Forces. Mr. Keefe is also involved in the development of anthropometric visualization and analysis tools, research into encumbered anthropometry, crew accommodation in land and air vehicles, and small arm recoil modeling.