The BDA Annual Dinner and Awards, which was held at the prestigious Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, was a tremendous success with over 235 guests enjoying the evening. Packed with fun and entertainment, the multi-talented live band Pork Pie certainly got people up from their chairs and "Neil the Caricaturist" captured the likenesses of many of the attendees.
The generosity of guests was also evident by the amount of money raised this year. CHAS, the BDA's chosen charity, will receive over £4500, which was raised on the night, of which over £1500 was raised, thanks in no small part to the signed Robert Plant albums that loosened the purse strings.
In fact, the BDA has raised over £84,000 for charity to date, through its many events and functions over the years, which is deserving of a big thank you to all!
Of course, the evening was also the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is good about the drilling sector, with the awards the highlight of the evening. We have added a few photographs of the various winners and the categories within which their success was celebrated.
The winners were:
Aspin Group, who took the Industry Excellence Award for the Development of the Aquarius Road2Rail Drill Rig. Charlie Payton of ESG was highly commend for his excellence in core logging and understanding of geological structures.
SOCOTEC, who took the Safety Improvement / Initiative Award for its design of the Cable Percussion Rig Anti Whip - Check Bar. Fugro Geoservices was highly commended for its Safety Always Matters campaign.
Both William Hill from Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical and Lee Donachie from Fugro Geoservices took Lead Drilling Supervisor of the Year Award as the judges couldn't decide between the two entries, as both were extremely strong candidates.
Dean Eley of Bam Ritchies took Apprentice of the Year, which was sponsored by the CITB
John David Smith - Latterly of Fugro Geoservices - took the Lifetime Achievement Award for his lengthy and outstanding contribution to the British Drilling industry.
Congratulations to all winners and those who were highly commended.