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The construction sector may not command the status many would argue it deserves, but few would disagree that it underpins the UK economy and can be considered a barometer for the health of UK Plc.
In recent years it has had to weather more of the storm than many other sectors, with the recession being just one of many challenges and the drilling sector, often one of the first of the specialist contractors on site, feeling volatility ahead of the wave.
However, despite these knocks the British Drilling Association (BDA), which is the official trade association that represents the entire spectrum of the drilling industry, has done much to address them.
Issues such as safety, quality, standards
The Roadshows were developed in collaboration with the CITB, which
The presentations, targeted specifically specifiers and consultants throughout the UK, promoted the BDA's mission statement and goals, as well as highlighted more specific topics - such as drilling operations compliance; the importance and understanding of appropriate qualifications; obtaining quality samples; best practice; membership criteria; industry representation and the BDA Audit and CPD. A key aspect
The emphasis of course delivery was on good practice, professionalism
The work and effort of the BDA
Drilling, if you like, was not being viewed with the credibility and importance - especially from a safety perspective - it rightly deserves. The roadshow addressed this specifically, although the much broader end-goal was to increase professionalism, improve the quality of projects and add value to both companies and employees, while at the same time it is hoped that this approach countered the survey's main concern raised about the perceived lack of knowledge and adherence to the requisite standards.
A second key goal was to address the skills shortage by improving awareness of drilling as a viable career path, through
The content of the roadshow itself was assembled with the help and input of the entire BDA membership, either directly through their own experiences and view of what was needed, or indirectly from the collated survey results of the previous year. With the content ready, funding from the CITB and an enthusiast team of presenters the show 'hit the road'.
Much credit can be given to the many companies and
Feedback was tremendous, with the presentation achieving a 100% improvement in awareness of the standards and expectations within the land drilling sphere. The BDA hoped to achieve a greater understanding of the industry safety and technical standards among those that procure and specify site investigations, and this was far exceeded.
Of note was the take-up of what specifiers should be expecting of a quality site investigation contractor - the importance of choosing contractors that deliver on what is promised and backed
Specifying site investigation specialists that adhere to the correct standards and procedures would have the knock-on effect of raising the overall quality of the industry. Simply giving the drilling industry the status it rightly deserves would raise the profile and perception of the industry. As a
Fundamental to the BDA strategy is that it raises the standards of the land drilling sector via audit, technical seminars and the sharing of safety alerts. This presentation was a key opportunity to enhance this message, all attendees were provided with a pack, which comprised guidance to remind them of the standards and expectations discussed.
Much was discovered by the BDA from the presentations; the industry, specifiers
The concerns about the decline in younger people entering construction
The BDA sincerely hopes it can continue to deliver these seminars in some form going forward and would suggest other sectors look seriously at using the same approach to tackle the issue that their sector may be faced with. However, one thing is clear, there is universal support for driving up standards, quality