The British Drilling Association (BDA) is the UK's trade association for the ground drilling industry.


Since it was established in 1976, the British Drilling Association (BDA) has endeavoured to raise standards, improve safety and promote all-round best practice. The BDA has worked with its members and in collaboration with industry bodies to develop all manner of guidance documents, training, and support tools that have elevated the drilling sector as one of the most professional and trusted within the specialist contract industry.

The list below is just a snapshot of the many landmarks and achievements the BDA is rightly proud and serve as an encouragement to present and future members to seek for further improvements in the industry.

  • 2017 - Highest number of members (since 2004) – standing at 133.  Record number of audited members – standing at 224. "Quality Matters” Road Show - delivered across the UK; 6th Series Technical Seminar – Best Practice in Linear Infrastructure Projects
  • 2016 – 40th Anniversary BDA existence; Guidance Cable Percussion; 5th Series Technical Seminars – Health & Well Being
  • 2015 - Health & Safety Manual (Revised); 4th Series Technical Seminars – Digital Data
  • 2014 – EN16228 Drill Rig Safety developed with help BDA (replaces En791); 3rd Series Technical Seminars – Innovation
  • 2013 – 2nd Series Technical Seminars – Safety
  • 2012 - Hazardous Gases document with Coal Authority / Health & Safety Executive; BS5930 A2 amendment co-ordinated/facilitated by BDA; 1st Series Technical Seminars – Quality
  • 2011 - 4th Geodrilling Show. Developed Sector Scheme for Geothermal Drilling
  • 2010 - New Web Site launched. Developed Sector Scheme for Ground Investigation
  • 2008 - Guidance, Contaminated Land revision. 3rd Geodrilling Show
  • 2007 - Apprenticeship Scheme. Guidance, Dynamic Sampling
  • 2006 - 2nd Geodrilling Show
  • 2005 - BDA AUDIT. Guidance, Cable Percussion. 1st Geodrilling Show
  • 2003 - Joins NSCC
  • 2002 - Health & Safety Manual
  • 2001 - Web Site launched. CSCS Land Drilling card
  • 2000 - National Vocational Qualifications, Land Drilling, for drill crews
  • 2000 - Guidance Notes, Protection of Persons from Rotating Parts
  • 1998 - Directory of Ground Investigation Contractors
  • 1995 - EN 791, Drill Rig Safety developed with BDA help
  • 1992 - Guidance Notes, Safe Drilling Contaminated Land
  • 1992 - Drilling Technology Open Learning Course
  • 1992 - Code of Safe Drilling Practice Seminars – Safety
  • 1991 - BDA endorsed Training School
  • 1990 - BDA Driller Accreditation. First Competence Award scheme
  • 1980s - BS 4019, Part 2 developed and became ISO standard

Looking to the future, many more initiatives are in progress and the BDA is continuously evolving to truly represent the entire drilling sector. Your contribution to these initiatives would be extremely useful and if you are not already, why not join the BDA now.

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