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

BDA Press Releases / News

Piling Rig Part Failure Kills Worker - 15th May 2014

A "catastrophic parts failure on the tracks of a piling rig" were behind the death of a young Wiltshire worker on a Maidenhead construction site this week, the main contractor has said... (read articl...
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CDM Consultation - 16th April 2014

As you may be aware, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a consultative document on the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2007 and they are seeking views of the const...
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Draft Standard for Measuring Whilst Drilling - 16th April 2014

There is currently a draft standard on Measuring While Drilling, part 15 of, BS EN ISO 22476-15 Geotechnical investigation and testing - Field testing, that has been issued for public comment. The...
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HS2 Market Engagement Seminar - 3rd April 2014

HS2 are inviting attendance at an information seminar to find out more about HS2's outline procurement strategy and have the opportunity to speak to the team face-to-face. This event is aimed at ...
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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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