The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is organising a half-day informal discussion entitled "Numerical method in design" for Monday 26th February. Speakers include Dr Brian Simpson, Mike Jefferies, Tony O'Brien, and Professor Helmut Schweiger.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how numerical codes (e.g. finite element programs) should implement the partial factor approach. This issue is particularly important with the introduction of Eurocode 7, which prescribes the use of partial factors without giving guidance on how to do it in such programs.
More details of the meeting can be found at www.britishgeotech.org.uk - I'll see you there!