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

BDA Press Releases / News

New Supplier Membership Category - 27th March 2014

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new membership category within the BDA directly aimed at suppliers in our industry. This offer has been designed to encourage non-contracting supplie...
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The New BDA Website - 26th March 2014

The new BDA website went live on 19 March 2014.  The site will be the focal point for all future BDA communications and a source of relevant and current content for all visitors. The site will...
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BGA Rankine Lecture - 19th March 2014

The BDA secretary joined the Association of Geotechnical Specialists at the 54th annual Rankine Dinner at Imperial College in London. The dinner followed this year's lecture, details of which are a...
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Magnificent BDA Cheque Amount for Charity - 10th January 2014

BDA Chairman, John Grainger, presented a cheque for £3,125.29 to LATCH the Welsh Children's Cancer Charity. This was money raised at the BDA Dinner Dance held in Bristol on November 16th 201...
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BDA Awards presented at Dinner Dance - 15th November 2013

At the BDA's Annual Dinner Dance held this year at the Bristol Royal Marriott hotel, the BDA Chairman, John Grainger, presented several BDA Awards to recognise achievement in the drilling industry. ...
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First Recipient of the BDA Derek Oakes Trophy - 13th October 2013

At the BDA Dinner Dance held in Harrogate on 13th October, Antonio Vieira of Costain Environmental was presented with the Derek Oakes Trophy for his outstanding dedication and hard work as a apprent...
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Coal Authority issues new Guidance on Hazardous Gases - 30th March 2013

On 30th March 2012 The Coal Authority published new good practice guidance on managing hazardous gases when drilling or piling in and around coal seams, former mine workings and unworked coal. The...
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BDA to lead Section 2 and 3 revision of BS 5930 - 7th January 2012

BSI Committee B526/3 has invited BDA to lead the revision of major sections of BS 5930:1999 + A2:2010 Code of practice for Site Investigations. BDA will be looking after this process for Section 2...
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BDA awarded its biggest ever grant from CITB ConstructionSkills - 12th October 2011

BDA has been awarded a substantial grant by the Sector Skills Council, CITB ConstructionSkills, for a 19-month project termed 'Land Drilling - Geothermal Drilling, Qualifications, Training and Skill...
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BDA holding six regional Seminars - 18th September 2011

During September through December 2011 the BDA is holding 6 seminars on Ground Source Heat Installations in London, Solihull, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and Newcastle. These are free for attendees a...
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HSE releases its official drill rig "entanglement" policy - 26th June 2011

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released on its website its official guidance to HSE Inspectors as to what it expects of the UK drilling industry regarding protecting personnel from enta...
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BDA exhibited at GEODRILLING 2011 - 9th June 2011

The Geodrilling Show & Conference was held at East of England Showground, Peterborough, on 7th & 8th June 2011. BDA, which was a sponsor, enjoyed meeting its members and many others from the...
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BDA awarded ConstructionSkills grant for Geothermal Drilling - 20th March 2011

BDA has been awarded a substantial grant from ConstructionSkills, the sector skills training body, to develop a UKAS certification scheme for enterprises that carry out geothermal drilling for groun...
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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to increase demand for drilling - 10th March 2011

On March 10th 2011 UK government announced the long awaited RHI details. The RHI tariff scheme, which is supported by £860m of public funding, will provide payments for 20 years for eligible r...
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New British Standards - 21st January 2011

In October 2010 the latest amendment to BS 5930 was published - BS 5930:1999 + Amendment 2:2010 Code of practice for site investigations. This replaces all previous editions of this Standard and is ...
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