BVI & 3D Body Scanning

Select are the leading company in the UK for 3D Scanning and Sizing Surveys, having measured over 33,000 men, women and children for a number of clients over the past 18 years.

Select specialise in research in two areas, healthcare and retail.


The Body Volume Index (BVI),  is a proposed new and improved international anthropometric benchmark for healthcare and obesity measurement.

BVI is the result of eight years of successful and innovative validation from collaborators around the world.

Select are pioneering research on the use of Body Volume Index (BVI) as an enhancement to the Body Mass Index (BMI) to measure individual obesity. BVI, using 3D phototonic technology, is specifically designed to calculate the risk factors associated with a person's shape, gleaned from where the weight is on their body by using part-body volume analysis.

For more information on BVI and how it has involved collaborators from various institutions and healthcare research facilities across the world, please  visit


The National Childrenswear Sizing Survey, Shape GB, started in 2008, sponsored by a number of major retailers. Shape GB is the first large-scale project to measure over 2,500 children nationwide using 3D body scanners and in Spring 2015 measurement analysis of over 600 babies and toddlers was completed, the full report will be available in Autumn 2016.

The results from the measurement of 4-17 year olds were announced in April 2010 and data collection of 0-4 year olds was completed in late 2012. A comprehensive report of 4-17 year olds is now available to purchase on the Shape GB website.

The National Childrenswear Survey was a collaboration between Next, Monsoon, George at ASDA, Shop Direct, The University of Hertfordshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, Loughborough University, Aston University, managed by Select given our long-term experience in 3D scanning and sizing surveys. Select also managed the previous children’s survey, measuring over 4,000 children for M&S in 1999.

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Select managed recruitment for Size UK, The UK National Sizing Survey for the nation's retailers.


Attached is a summary of the 3D scanning projects that we have managed during the past 18 years: