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BDA eNewsletter | Issue: August 2019


Introduction from our Chair – Martyn Brocklesby

Many economists are revising down their figures for construction growth to the year-end, with some suggesting the industry might actually shrink rather than slow or stall. Brexit is playing a huge part in this slow down, with potential investors’ cash reserves increasing at the expense of investment of all kinds. Even long term, concerns over the government’s ability to deliver HS2, on time and to budget, has seen figures up to 2021 reduced to 1%, and the arrival of the new Prime Minister, committed to initiate a review of it, won’t help optimism, despite his remarks about investing in infrastructure.


Whilst HS2 is not the only project on the table, its success and smooth progression is what provides all construction sectors with a boost, and the economic potential to encourage stakeholders to invest in other projects that support UK Plc. Let’s hope the delays surrounding it are short lived. There are of course other major government infrastructure and development projects underway or in the pipeline, so it’s not all doom and gloom.

From a BDA perspective, work continues. We have our next round of Management Committee and Sub-Committee meetings coming up in the next month, so please let your BDA representative, or BDA secretariat know if there are any matters on which you seek an opinion, would like to raise or think need to be discussed.


Job Vacancies Section – Launched

Several companies have approached the BDA asking if they can place a recruitment advert within the eNewsletter, so for those that may have a similar query, the following options are available:

  • Inclusion of an article in BDA monthly eNewsletters – advertising job opportunities and where applicants can get in touch with a link to your company website – (monthly email newsletter goes to the entire BDA membership) – cost £150 per inclusion 
  • Inclusion on BDA social media – post jpg of advert, with instructions in the copy of the post on how to apply – £25 per post for both LinkedIn and Twitter)
  • Inclusion of advert on BDA website – your artwork (jpg image), which will hyperlink to your website – £150 for 2 months inclusion on the website

For more information or to place an advert based on the options here contact:


BDA Welcomes New Members!

The BDA is pleased to welcome the following new members into the Association:

  • Quantum - an international geotechnical company offering a complete geo-investigation and geo-contracting service
  • Lankelma - one of the UK’s leading cone penetration testing (CPT) companies specialising in in-situ ground investigation methods and engineering consultancy
  • Geostrong - an international supplier of complete self-drilling geotechnical anchoring systems, also known as self-drilling hollow bars

The addition of these new members into the BDA, not only helps the BDA become a larger voice for the drilling sector, but it also makes it increasingly more representative and better able to champion, on their behalf, the issues and challenges that the sector faces.

The BDA welcomes the additional views and perspective these new members, which are extremely valuable to the BDA as they widen its knowledge base, essential for driving the standards of safety, professionalism and Quality ever higher.

Welcome and we look forward to your contributions!


BDA Seminar Announced – “What Are the Risks of Rising Complacency about Geotechnics”

Book your ticket now for the BDA’s industry seminar “What Are the Risks of Rising Complacency about Geotechnics”, which will be held on Thursday 31st October 2019, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, 130 Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 5AY.

The first in a series of seminars, being held across the UK, this London running will present the influencers and technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can both encourage complacency or manage risk. Speakers will include Tim Chapman, Director of Geotechnics at Arup; Mike De Freitas of Imperial College and Patrick Cox, Director of Major Projects Environment, AECOM.

Registration 12.30pm, with speakers from 1.00pm – 5.30pm, with 30 minutes coffee & networking break; followed at 5:20pm by canapés, drinks & further networking opportunities.

To book online please visit the BDA website - or contact the BDA Office -


BDA Awards 2019 – Your Submissions Wanted!

There’s still time to send in your submissions for the 2019 BDA Awards, which will be presented at this year’s BDA Annual Dinner Dance, taking place 9th November 2019. 

The awards not only highlight all that is good about the drilling sector, but serve to showcase the successes of BDA members, recognising those that are making a real and demonstrable difference to the betterment of the industry. 

The categories for this year’s Awards are:

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - recognising an individual that has made a lengthy and outstanding contribution to the British drilling industry over their career
  • LEAD DRILLER OF THE YEAR - recognising an individual Lead Driller that has made an outstanding contribution to the British drilling industry
  • INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE - recognising a demonstration of technical excellence, innovation and/or collaborative working achieved by a Company and/or co-working & co-operation between a BDA Member Company and one or more Consultants, Contractor's, Supplier etc. on a recently competed project, innovation or development initiative.
  • SAFETY INITIATIVE /IMPROVEMENT - recognising a recent safety campaign or initiative in the British Drilling industry that has reduced accidents / near misses and improved behavioural safety

The closing date for awards entries is 30th September 2019 and entry forms are available from the BDA (via email) –  For further information about the event please visit


BDA 2019 Dinner Dance 

Have you booked your tickets yet for the BDA Dinner Dance, which is being held 9th November 2019, at the Bristol Marriott Royal - a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Bristol City Centre? The evening promises a packed evening of entertainment, with music from ‘The Blame’, one of Manchester’s leading rock, pop, indie and soul cover bands. 

A professional photographer will be on-hand, to capture the evening’s activities and as always there will be a charity raffle, which this year is in aid of Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, a charity that offers care and support at home for terminally ill children -  

For more information about the event visit the BDA website - or email the BDA -


BDA 2019 Dinner Dance – Sponsors Wanted!

The BDA is looking for companies to sponsor its Awards Dinner Dance 2019, being held 9th November at the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel.

The available sponsorship packages are: 

•    Menu Card - £750
•    Raffle Prizes 1st to 6th drawing; £500, £400, £300, £250, £200 & £150
•    Auction Prize - £600

Sponsoring the awards is a great opportunity for publicity, with your branding being used throughout many of the event’s promotional materials – according to package – as well as demonstrating your support for the drilling industry and the standards it represents.

If you would like to support the event or need more information about the various sponsorship packages available, please contact the BDA -


BDA Golf Day 2019

Don’t forget the 2019 BDA Golf Day, is being held 6th September 2019, at one of Yorkshire’s best golf courses - Woodsome Hall in Huddersfield.

The event tees off with a bacon sandwich, followed by 10 holes in the morning. A sandwich lunch breaks the day with 18 holes Stableford competition to follow, with the day concluding with a 4-course dinner and prize ceremony.

Sure to be a great day, with prizes up for grabs too. Tickets cost just £90 for BDA members and £100 for non-member. To enquire about booking your place/s please contact the BDA –


External Events - Supported by the BDA

Brownfield Briefing Awards 2019
The BDA is pleased to be supporting The Brownfield Briefing Awards 2019.
Returning for its 15th year, the Brownfield Briefing Awards will once again recognise all that is best practice in the remediation sector by UK-based companies. 

The Awards Gala Dinner, is being held in London on 19th September, for more information visit:

Brownfield Remediation 2019
10% Discount for Brownfield Remediation 2019

The BDA is pleased to be supporting Brownfield Remediation 2019 and has negotiated a 10% discount for all BDA members wishing to attend or exhibit.

The event, now in its 16th year, is being held 26th September 2019 in London. To qualify for your 10% discount off the standard delegate or exhibitor rate use code BDA10 and email 

Event details and booking information can be found:
Contamination Expo 2019

The BDA is pleased to support ‘The Contamination Expo Series’ - Europe’s leading contamination and geotechnical specialist event. The biggest event of its kind, the Contamination Expo brings the entire industry together in one place. 

For two days - September 11th and 12th the entire contamination and geotechnical sector meet at the NEC, Birmingham; the only place to be for forward-thinking professionals, authorities, and businesses within the industry. 

To secure your free ticket or for more information please visit If you're interested in exhibiting at this year's event, email Daniel Rogers -

GE Basements & Underground Structures and Transport Geotechnics

The BDA is pleased to be supporting the Ground Engineering magazine (GE) two concurrent conferences “Basements and Underground Structures 2019” and “Transport Geotechnics 2019”, which will take place 3rd October, at the Olympia Conference Centre, London. The pre-conference seminar will be on the afternoon of the 2nd October and be Hilton London Kensington, 20 min walk from Olympia. 

“Basements and Underground Structures 2019” is structured to bring together those professionals working on a diverse range of projects, in sectors including infrastructure, commercial and residential, whilst “Transport Geotechnics 2019” is designed to give the technical and project leads of clients, contractors and designers, the knowledge and skills to deliver future projects.

Both events will feature keynote talks, interviews, interactive sessions as well as the presentation of real-world case studies. 

For more information, to book your tickets and to qualify for the 15% discount, quote BDA at the time of booking. For more information visit the associated event websites:

•    Basements and Underground Structures 2019
•    Transport Geotechnics 2019 

Brownfield Investigation and Remediation 2019

The BDA is pleased to be supporting Brownfield Investigation and Remediation 2019, that will take place in London on 9th October and a 10% discount is available to BDA members wishing to attend or exhibit.

This conference will join the previous Site Investigation and Risk and Remediation events, offering delegates regulatory updates, insights into current site investigation works and cost-effective solutions to contaminated land risk assessment and remediation challenges.

To qualify for your 10% discount off the standard delegate or exhibitor rate email and include code ‘BDA10’ in your email.

For more information visit 


And finally…

We Need Your Safety Alerts!


Please continue to submit your safety alerts, they can be emailed directly to the BDA Secretariat - Current alerts can be found on the BDA website via the link:




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