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BDA eNewsletter | Issue: March 2022
Introduction from our Chair - Richard Fielden

As I am sure you are all aware, this will be my last newsletter introduction as my time as Chair of the British Drilling Association (BDA) draws to a close, but I hand the baton over to Paul McMann, officially at the AGM, a safe pair of hands to continue the great work of the Association.
During my tenure as Chair, I have overseen the transformation of the administrative and secretariat functions, which has seen membership, response times and engagement vastly improved.
Membership growth has also continued, and much of this is attributable to the increasing profile that the BDA has in the geotechnical sector and the overhaul of the BDA Audit. In fact, it has been great to see the BDA Audit successfully relaunched, with its reach now also widened to beyond just ground investigation, to include water well and geothermal drilling activities. Third-party accreditation of the Audit was also successfully achieved, via the Minerals Product Qualification Council (MPQC), which demonstrates that the BDA Audit is verified by an industry-recognised training and assessment body, and it is in line with BS22475-2&3.
The Land Drilling New Entrant Training Scheme (SAP) also continues at a pace and is again supported by The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The scheme is continually reviewed to make sure it is up to date and relevant and the changes have also been endorsed by the excellent feedback we have received from member companies and those on the scheme.
The BDA has also done much to support the ever-present skills shortage through its own initiatives as well as Ground Forum’s mentoring scheme.
However, on the immediate front, I would like to put a shout out for the BDA Football Tournament – we’ve still got ball sponsorship opportunities available and there are still a few team places available for the event. Details of how to book your place at the BDA Dinner Dance will be announced over the coming weeks, and with loads of entertainment planned it promises to be a great night.
In closing, I may be stepping down as Chair, but I will still be involved in the operations of the BDA. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone across all the various committees and groups and of course, you the members, for your continued support of the BDA and the great industry it represents.
Member Survey

You should by now have received the 2022 BDA Membership Survey – your chance to give feedback on the work of the Association, and more importantly help shape its future.
The last survey was run February 2021, and much has happened since then, with the BDA having implemented many changes – especially with regards to the BDA Audit. To ensure the BDA continues to evolve, in the direction of its membership needs, the BDA is therefore repeating its running, with some new questions, to ensure the Association continues to represent you fully.
As with the last survey, we shall publish the key findings of the survey, together with any action the BDA is taking with regards to feedback.

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey, if you’ve not received a survey, please contact:
Accident Statistics 2021

The BDA recently sent you an email requesting your accident statistics for the year 2020 and 2021.
As a trade Association, representing the interest of the drilling sector, it is incumbent of us to collect as much information – statistics – from the industry as it is able, and the accident figures are one of the most valuable metrics we have. The statistics, anonymised, will also be shared with the HSE.
Apart from establishing a baseline for the sector, the statistics are a measurement against which we can evaluate and drive improvement throughout the industry and if we collate information shortly after the year ends the more accurate the data.
If your organisation has not received a request for its accident stats, please contact:
Land Drilling New Entrant Training Scheme 2022/23 Launched

The BDA is pleased to announce the launch of its 18-month Land Drilling Specialist Applied-Skills Programme 2022/23, which is designed to take a company employee, who is beginning their drilling career, through to the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Land Drilling, level 2, as a Lead Driller.
Specifically, the New Entrant Training Scheme will provide a mix of formal off-the-job training and supervised on-the-job training at employer level, followed by NVQ assessment.
The scheme is open to all land drilling sectors and industry enterprises and is fully endorsed by CITB forming part of its Specialist Applied-Skills Programme for the specialist occupations known as SAPs. It is supported by the Enabling Specialist Provision commissioned fund, alongside the availability of short duration and qualification grants to eligible employers too.
For full details, visit:
BDA AGM – 27 April 2022

Don’t forget BDA Member Company Representatives are cordially invited to the BDA’s 2022 AGM, which will be held at 10:30am on 27 April 2022 – the same date and venue as the BDA’s seminar, ‘Drilling in Support of Net Zero Scotland by 2045’, at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.
The Chair, Sub-committee Chairs’ and Officers of the BDA will give presentations on the BDA’s work during 2021, as well as presenting planned activities for 2022 and beyond, and the new BDA Chair Paul McMann will formally assume his post.
The AGM is free to attend, but places do need to be booked. To book a place please email –
BDA Seminar - Drilling in Support of Net Zero Scotland

Sign up NOW for the BDA’s seminar – ‘Drilling in Support of Net Zero Scotland by 2045’ – which is being held 27 April 2022, at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.
With the BDA’s seminar also just a few weeks away we thought we would preview the topics some of the speakers will be presenting:
Andy Mace, Director, Consulting North, Arup, will be presenting the keynote and will set the scene for the event by giving Arup’s perspective on action being taken across the UK to develop integrated and coherent plans for decarbonising the built environment.

Alison Monaghan, UK Geoenergy Observatories: Glasgow Science Lead – BGS, will present the topic ‘Drilling into mines for heat’, and will discuss how, with net-zero carbon emission targets requiring significant progress to be made in the decarbonisation of heat, the utilisation of the warm water in flooded, abandoned coal mines beneath many of the UK’s towns and cities could offer a substantial opportunity for decarbonised heating.
Angus MacGregor, BAM Ritchies, will deliver a presentation ‘Every little helps; each step is a step forward towards net zero’, taking delegates on a journey through some simple steps the drilling industry can take to assist the route to net zero by 2045.
Johann MacDougall, Geothermal Programme Manager, Scottish Government, will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Net Zero Scotland and the Future of Heat in Buildings’, providing an introduction to Scottish Ministers’ vision that by 2045 in Scotland, homes and buildings are cleaner, greener and easy to heat, which includes, ensuring that heating Scotland’s buildings no longer contributes to climate change.
David Nevey, Managing Director of Eijkelkamp Fraste UK, will deliver a presentation titled “Drilling Rigs – The Future” - There is a big push from Drilling Companies to use ‘Green Fuel and/or Green Rigs’, David will discuss the questions he receives on this subject and the answers from the Rig and Engine Manufacturer. He will also give you brief details of new innovative projects currently being worked on by manufacturers and he will also cover the current safety features available and those in development.’
To find out more, to register to attend or enquire about exhibiting, please visit:
MCS Drilling Specification Launched 

The BDA is pleased to announce that the MCS Specification for Ground Source Closed-Loop Drilling is now available.
The specification was formally launched on a free webinar (25 February 2022), hosted by Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, accompanied by a panel, which included Andrea Ellison, a Director of the GSHPA; Richard Fielden, Chair of the BDA; and Chris Davidson, Chair and Technical Director of Genius Energy Lab.
This new specification is intended to cover that part of the installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump that does not currently attract specific MCS requirements, against which a driller’s performance can be assessed.
For more information, to watch the launch webinar and download the new specification visit:
BDA Webinar – GSHP in the Nordics – Reviewed

The latest BDA webinar took place 23 March 2022 and discussed the fascinating topic of “Drilling for Ground Sourced Heat Pumps in the Nordic Countries”.
Co-presented by Stefan Swarting, LKAB Wassara AB and Professor Göran Hellström, CEO NeoEnergy AB, the webinar was divided into two parts:
Drilling Techniques – With particular emphasis on Down the Hole (DTH) Water Hammer, presented by Stefan Swartling - LKAB Wassara
Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES) – How it may be used to save CAPEX and /or OPEX, presented by Professor Göran Hellström – NeoEnergy AB
The experiences of Sweden’s LKAB Wassara, who is at the forefront of this work, with their DTH water hammer, and their work with Ground Heat Exchanger designers NeoEnergy AB, spanning several years, combining their expertise to develop “Slim Hole” BHE’s, was also discussed.
A full review of the webinar, together with a link to a video of the presentation, can be found here:
Two New Members Join the BDA

The BDA is pleased to welcome Lizard Marine Services Ltd as a Consultant Member of the Association. Lizard Marine Services provides a range of management consultancy services to the drilling and geotechnical sectors.
The BDA is also pleased to welcome Agricultural Water Engineers Ltd as a Corporate Member of the Association. Agricultural Water Engineers specialise in private water systems and borehole construction and the repair of all types of water systems.
It’s great to welcome both organisations to the BDA and we look forward to their contribution.
BDA Events 2022

BDA 5-A-Side Football Tournament Announced – 18 June 2022
Don’t forget to sign up for the BDA’s 5-a-side football tournament, which following the success of previous years, is being held at the popular Goals Leeds.
The event is being held Saturday, 18 June 2022 and will be extremely competitive, with the tournament following a Group element then Knockout format for the Group winners and Runners-Up.
Any BDA Member company can enter, and spaces do fill up fast get those entries in quickly.
Ball Sponsors Wanted...
There are also ball sponsorship opportunities available at just £375 + VAT per member company, with all proceeds after costs being donated to charity. Ball sponsorship represents excellent value for money, with great brand exposure for your company.
For more details and to enter, visit:

To sponsor and secure your company logo on the ball, visit:
BDA Golf Day
Full details of the BDA’s 2022 Golf Day will be announced shortly, via email and BDA social media channels.
As with previous competitions, players will get the chance to compete for various awards, including 'Mining', 'Eddie Burke' & 'Les Nichol' trophies + two nearest the pin and longest drive prizes.
If you’d like further information about this event, contact:
BDA Dinner Dance – Save the Date – 12 November 2022
The BDA Annual Dinner Dance will be held 12 November 2022 at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, so please save the date.
As with previous year’s we’ll have an evening full of entertainment, great food and of course the opportunity to relax and unwind with friends and colleagues. To put a smile on your face, the evening will also feature a great after dinner speaker, who will bring their own distinctive sense of humour to the event too.
Keep an eye out for more information and details of how to register for tickets, which will be announced soon.
External Events – Supported by the BDA – Claim your Member Discounts!

15% Discount NCE Future of Bridges – 28 April 2022
The BDA is pleased to be supporting NCE The Future of Bridges conference, a virtual conference, taking place 28 April 2022, which gives attendees expert insight into project updates, how technology is driving change, and what the industry can do to prioritise carbon net-zero.
Attendees will hear updates from clients designing and procuring future bridge schemes and what they are seeking from engineers, contractors, and suppliers.
To register your interest in this event, please visit:
15% Discount – Transport Geotechnics – 19 May 2022
The BDA is pleased to support ‘Transport Geotechnics Conference 2022’, taking place 19 May 2022, at America Square Conference Centre, London.
GE Transport Geotechnics is an essential event for anyone involved in ground engineering for infrastructure assets, with a focus on sharing, showcasing, and driving best practice and innovation. GE’s related ‘Asset Resilience Workshop’ will be held the day before, 18 May 2022, again in London.
To find out more about the event, with links to register visit:
£150 Discount on Table Bookings – GE Awards – 6 September 2022
The BDA is pleased to be supporting the Ground Engineering Awards 2022, which will be held 6 September 2022, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The GE Awards brings together the leaders in the industry to celebrate achievements in terms of projects, people and businesses between January 2021 and March 2022.
The awards are open to any business involved in the ground engineering market and winning an award helps to differentiate your business from your competitors and reward staff for their efforts.
Categories cover projects, technical excellence and forward-thinking geotechnical companies across the UK, with entries assessed by our independent panel of over 60 judges, and the judging process includes face to face presentations which are back for 2022!
The deadline is pending, so submit your entries as soon as possible:

Contamination & Geotech Expo – 14-15 September 2022
The BDA is supporting Contamination & Geotech Expo 2022, which is being held 14 – 15 September at the NEX in Birmingham.
With the theme “Contaminated land, Air and Water”, the event will cover all aspects of remediation, with information and interviews from a range of keynote speakers.
To register your intertest in attending or exhibiting at the event, please visit:
£150 Discount – CN Specialist Awards – 22 September 2022
The BDA is pleased to support the Construction News (CN) Specialists Awards and has negotiated a discount of £150 on table packages for all BDA members.
The Awards, now open for entries, will take place 22 September 2022, at The Brewery, London, with 21 categories available for entry this year.
For more information, and to enter the Awards visit:
London Build 2022 – 16-17 November 2022
The BDA is pleased to support London Build 2022, which this year is being held 16-17 November 2022 at Olympia, London.
London Build is an award-winning show and is widely viewed as one of the best exhibitions in the world. It features: 27,500+ quality visitors, 500+ speakers across 6 conference theatres, with a 50% representation of female speakers, 220+ CPD sessions, 100's of exhibitors and exclusive free-to-attend networking events including ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions, ‘Women in Construction’ and ‘Diversity in Construction’, the ‘Festival of Construction’, celebrity guests and much more!
For more information visit:
Safety Alerts Update

With safety always a priority, don’t forget to take a look at the recent safety alerts, published on the BDA website, as a reminder here are a few alerts published last year:
And finally...
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