Body size of German civilians

A virtual population, equivalent to the proprietary one, was synthesized. This new population can be used in next-generation DfHV tools.

In collaboration with Sascha Wischniewski and his colleagues, Dominik Bonin and Alexander Grötsch, we have made stature, mass, and BMI data for German civilians publicly available. This is an updated sample, based on the first wave of the German Health and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1). The data were collected from adults aged 18-67 years from 2008-2011.

The data are collected by the Robert Koch Institute in Germany and, due to data use restrictions, can not be released to the general public. However, since many advanced design techniques require the rich data (rather than the summary statistics), this reduces their utility for design practice. Using a new method I developed for a similar project, we created a virtual population of unique individuals. This synthesized population is both statistically and functionally equivalent to the DEGS1 population.

You can read more about this work in a publication that was recently presented at the Digital Human Modeling Conference in Montreal. The data are available as part of the suite of design tools on the OPEN Design Lab website or This work is possible through the support of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA).