NAFEMS, the National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards in the U.K., is conducting a world-wide survey on the state of finite-element practices. The survey is being carried out by FENet at www.fe-net.org/survey, a network of 110 organizations covering industry sectors that include aerospace, land transport, biomedical, civil construction, consumer goods, marine and offshore, power and pressure systems, and process and manufacturing. The objective is to improve the quality of industrial applications of finite-element technology and the level of confidence that can be placed in its results.

The network encourages users to exchange experience and knowledge across industrial sectors. Results will be available to all respondents. In addition, it is anticipated results will provide the basis for other studies, such as input to technical strategies and roadmaps, and identify areas of competitive advantage along with areas for development.