BVI & 3D Body Scanning

Select are the leading company in the UK for 3D Scanning and Sizing Surveys, having measured over 31,000 men, women and children for a number of clients over the past 14 years.

Select also specialise in apparel research on apparel sizing, clothing brands, body image research and also body perception.


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

Launched in the West Midlands in October 2010, BVI is the result of three 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 alternative to the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a measure of individual obesity. BVI, using 3D scanners, 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


Select have recently completed the National Childrenswear Sizing Survey, Shape GB, 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.

The results from the measurement of 4-17 year olds was announced in April 2010 and data collection of 0-4 year olds was completed in 2012. A comprehensive report 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 which was 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.

Please visit for more details .


Select managed recruitment for Size UK, The UK National Sizing Survey for the nation's retailers, since completion of Size UK in 2002, Select now focus on use of 3D scanners for obesity measurement in healthcare.


Attached is a summary of the 3D scanning projects that we have managed during the past 14 years: