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

BDA Articles

Provisional CSCS Cards - 12th February 2019

How many times has a new employee who has not experienced the reality of the drilling industry decided after a few weeks on site that "this is not for me" and left their employment? On the other h...
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A Guide to Guarding - 4th February 2019

Guarding is a legal requirement in the UK; HSE guidance and PUWER 1998 (as amended) assists towards compliance and highlights the requirements to prevent people from entering a 'danger zone'. 'Dan...
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Common Data Errors - 29th January 2019

We live in an increasingly data centric world and we are consuming data at a rate, like never before in history. Yet, our understanding of the data we generate does not always take advantage of i...
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Access and egress of towed plant. - 23rd January 2019

  With a growing number of reported incidents to the BDA regarding the damage and failure of cable percussion drilling rigs, compressors and trailers whilst towing on the public highway...
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Sourcing the Best Company for the Job - 18th January 2019

There was plenty of evidence at the British Drilling Association (BDA) seminar "Emerging Best Practice in Ground Investigation for Linear Infrastructure Projects" to reaffirm the difficulties tha...
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STATUS ON Euro Codes EN BS 22475 SERIES OF DOCUMENTS AND COMPLIANCE - 10th January 2019

The following Euro Codes BS EN 22475 series documents titled "Geotechnical Investigation and Testing - Sampling Methods and Groundwater Measurements" are under full review. The CEN working group ...
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Sonic Versatility - 2nd January 2019

Writing something new about sonic drilling is a difficult task; many practitioners have already authored excellent articles documenting both the benefits and some of the drawbacks. Whilst the tec...
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A Lifetime of Drilling - 21st December 2018

Having recently retired from the ground investigation industry, with some forty years of experience, and finally as Principal Geologist within the Infrastructure & Energy Division of SOCOTEC,...
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Accessing the UK's Borehole Data - 19th December 2018

Accessing the UK's Borehole Data Everyone loves boreholes at BGS, but how good are we in the sector at preserving and re-using valuable (and mostly public sector funded) information about the su...
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An awareness of key standards and specifications affecting the UK ground investigation industry - 14th November 2018

As anybody involved in the UK ground investigation industry knows our day to day works are very heavily influenced by numerous UK and European standards and specifications - and given that the wo...
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DRILLER or DRIVER? A fine line crossed too often - 5th November 2018

Given the content of this article, we should probably first say that the information, interpretation and views given expressed are those of the author and shall not be relied upon with the reade...
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The Use of Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs - 20th September 2018

The unseen issues of drug abuse are well-known, and the implications well understood, however there is potentially a bigger problem, which is the largely ignored use of legal drugs through prescr...
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Occupational Health and Construction - 16th August 2018

Margaret Grahamslaw, Head of Occupational Health at B&CE, explains why health should be taken as seriously as safety British industry has made great strides in addressing safety since the Hea...
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The BDA Apprenticeship Scheme - Doing Our Bit to Address Skills Shortages - 9th August 2018

It is pretty much accepted now that there is a growing and chronic shortage of skilled people in the construction sector and especially in the many specialist contractor sectors such as drilling....
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European Emission Standards for Engines - 14th June 2018

European emission standards for engines used in new non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) have been changing since 2002. The equipment covered by the emissions standard includes industrial drilling ri...
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