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BDA eNewsletter | Issue: November 2018


Introduction from our Chair – Martyn Brocklesby

Browsing the Build UK website, a recent press release [dated 31st October 2018] notes it has added information on the payment performance of its eligible Client members and largest Specialist Contractors alongside the results of its Contractor members.


The listing takes data submitted under Government Legislation introduced in 2017 (‘Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance’), which requires that all large companies report on their payment arrangements and practices every six months. Build UK is using this information to benchmark its members on the average time they take to pay invoices and the percentage of their invoices paid beyond terms.

Whilst the circumstances of the contracts entered into are unique to each company and its customer, the figures highlight just how many invoices, by percentage, are not getting paid within agreed terms. It’s clearly a mixed picture, however it must be a concern to the supply chain that a good number of those paying later than the timeframe they’ve set themselves, are some of the biggest clients and contractors. I wonder where Carillion would have appeared in this reckoning before its collapse? These figures are certainly a telling reflection on the state of the construction industry and more insightful than many other government statistics. 

But enough on the construction sector; the British Drilling Association (BDA) has had a busy month too. Following the success of its sold-out London Seminar, its Scottish offering of the same event has already attracted a lot of interest, as well as some great speakers; please reserve your place(s) now.

And then there’s the BDA’s 2019 Football Tournaments which are being held at 2 different venues (Leeds and Reading) this year. Each event has limits on team numbers and spaces are filling up fast. Last year’s competition was really hard fought and enjoyed by all that took part so book your team(s) in now to avoid missing out on the chance of BDA footballing glory!

Finally, we are also embarking on our next round of Sub-Committee and Management Committee meetings so if there are any industry topics or matters you wish to raise for discussion and debate, please contact the BDA office or a BDA committee member directly.


Driving to the Limit?

The BDA has published a great thought-provoking and factual article, authored by the BDA Safety Committee, titled “Driller or Driver? A fine line crossed too often.”

The article has been written in response the number of increasing requests it has received about the law and driving – specifically in response to issues concerning the time taken driving to and from the place of work, and its inclusion in the ‘working day’.

The article outlines the laws governing driving, with examples and some legal case histories too. It also refers to the many forms of guidance that is out there governing driving limits and attempts to unravel what is defined as driving according to the many forms of legislation.

A good read and interesting on a much wider note than simply for the drilling sector too. The article can be found at:


Solutions for the Future of the Geotechnical Industry – Edinburgh - Programme Finalised

The BDA is pleased to announce the programme for its seminar – Solutions for the Future of the Geotechnical Industry' – which is being held Wednesday 13th February 2019 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, is all but finalised.

The keynote speech will be presented by Alistair Chisholm of Arup, who will deliver a ‘scene setting’ overview of the sector; Rutger van Goethem of Eijkelkamp/SonicSamp will discuss ‘Progression in Sonic Drilling & Overcoming Future Limitations’; Andy Jacques of Epiroc will talk about ‘Automation of Drilling Rigs – Present and Future’, followed post-break by Gillian Gow & Wendy McPherson of IKM Consulting, who will discuss ‘Geophysics and 3D Ground Modelling to Produce a Targeted Mineral Investigation’; ‘Going Digital with the Geotechnical Data Workflow’ will be the presentation topic of Nicolas Loubier of Bentley Software; followed by Roger Chandler of Keynetix, who will discuss ‘Using Geotechnical Data and New Technology as a Competitive Advantage’.  Also presenting will be Dr Mike Brown of Dundee University, speaking on ‘New CPT correlations for novel offshore renewable energy installations’.

A question and answer session will conclude the event, after which ample time will be provided to network, with drinks and canapés in the accompanying exhibition area.

For more information or to book your place visit the BDA website:, places are limited so book now.


BDA Football Tournament 2019 – Dates Announced

It will fill up faster than you think – don’t delay book your team on the BDA’s 2019 Football Tournament, which this year has been split into two dates and two venues – North and South.

The Northern tournament will be held 18th May 2019 at Goals Leeds, whilst the Southern event will be held 1st June 2019 at Goals Reading.

As before, the Tournaments are open to teams from any BDA Member company and will follow a Group element, followed by Knockout format for the Group winners and Runners-Up. It costs just £140 per team to enter; a maximum number of teams is limited to just 16 per venue (based on first come served), so it is important to book as soon as possible. To enter a team, request an entry form, or for more information, please contact BDA Marketing Chair, John Grainger, via email:


Put Your Logo – ‘On the Ball’

Ball sponsorship opportunities are available for the BDA’s 2019 Five-a-Side football tournaments, which as you know, are being held over two dates and two venues.

It costs just £375 + VAT per company to have your logo printed on the match-day balls, which will be used at both events and not just at the event where you may have a team entered. All players will receive a match-day ball too.  Remaining footballs will be donated to local Schools or charities.

Sponsorship is limited to just 10 logo’s per ball, if you’re interested or require more information please email John Grainger - Please then supply your hi-res logo, including any additional printing guidance, to The Logo will be sized on ball to optimise its appearance. Payment must be made IN FULL directly to the BDA before printing.


External Events - Supported by the BDA

The British Drilling Association (BDA) is pleased to be supporting CLAIRE, the membership organisation committed to providing valuable services for all those involved in sustainable land reuse, by promoting a number of its recently announced “Asbestos in Soil Autumn Training Dates”.


Asbestos Awareness for Soils E-Learning Module – for more info.

CAR-SOIL, being held 4th December 2018 – Nottingham. For more info.

Geotechnica 2019

The British Drilling Association (BDA) is supporting Geotechnica 2019 and has secured a 5% discount on all exhibition packages for members wishing to participate.

Geotechnica 2019 is being held 10-11 July 2019, at the Warwickshire Event Centre, nr. Leamington Spa.  The event is designed to bring together all areas of the geotechnical industry, from suppliers and manufacturers through contractors to clients. The event is free to attend for visitors, with over 70 exhibition spaces available for companies wishing to communicate, promote, network and learn.

Full event information can be found at; for information on how to obtain the 5% discount when booking your package, please contact

NCE Tunnelling Festival 2018

The BDA is delighted to be supporting the New Civil Engineer (NCE) Tunnelling Festival 2018, which is being held 6th December 2018, in London.

The Tunnelling Festival brings together NCE’s Tunnelling Summit and Tunnelling Awards, into a new event for 2018. The interactive Festival will gather the thought-leaders, decision-makers and young engineers from the entire tunnelling community to network and share innovation and best practice across major UK and global tunnelling and underground projects.

For more information and to book your ticket/s, visit


In the Press

The BDA has secured a great article on the Ground Engineering website about how essential an awareness of standards and specifications for ground investigation are for avoiding future issues.
Authored by Mark Toye, Chair of the BDA’s Technical and Standards Sub-Committee, the article examines the specifications, regulations and standards that affect the fundamentals of the drilling industry and how they are often overlooked.
Read the full article here:


And finally…

Keep up with the Safety Alerts!

There have been quite a few safety alerts recently, which I encourage you all to read. They can be found on the BDA website via the link:​​

We Need Your Safety Alerts Too!​

If you have any safety alerts, please email them directly to the BDA Secretariat –​


Also, if you’d like to see any topics addressed in future BDA newsletters, please don’t hesitate to let the team know –

And please don’t forget to follow the BDA on LinkedIn – British Drilling Association and Twitter - @britishdrilling

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