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BDA eNewsletter | Issue: June 2022
Introduction from our Chair - Paul McMann

I can’t really open this newsletter without acknowledging the inflationary pressures we are all feeling both in our work and personally. The daily drive past the-price-per-litre board at your petrol station is proof of just how rapidly prices are rising. In fact, The Construction Leadership Council Product Availability Group has issued its latest statement, confirming that price inflation in addition to a diminishing labour supply are now of greater concern than product availability in most construction sectors.
Whilst there is very little immediately that we can do, the statement suggests that things should ease a little, as parts of China gradually removes COVID restrictions and production of construction products normalises. In fact, the statement suggests this could happen quite soon. On the price of fuel, we can only hope for some fast resolution to the global issues that are influencing price rises, such as the war in Ukraine and reduced supplies of crude oil. We will watch with interest.
On a cheerier note, I was invited recently to talk about the British Drilling Association (BDA) at the National Highways GI Community Meeting recently (14 June). I led an information and discussion session, which gave me the opportunity to do a bit of myth busting and take part in a Q&A session. It also gave me the forum to provide a valuable update on standards and expectations within the BDA Audit programme.
On the social front, we have the BDA Golf Day to look forward to and I hope you will take advantage of what has in the past been a terrific day. A little further ahead we have the Dinner Dance & Awards to look forward to, so please save the date and reserve your tickets, before the event sells out. The Awards themselves will be open in July for registration, so do look out for updates.
A Note from our General Manager, Joel Stevens

It was a real pleasure organising and attending the BDA Five-a-Site Football Tournament, which took place on 18 June, at Goals Leeds. The event was rather competitive and hugely enjoyable, and it gave me the opportunity to get to know some of the members that I’ve not yet had the opportunity to meet face to face.  I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the BDA member companies that sponsored the match-day footballs, without whom the event wouldn’t have been possible – thank you so much!
On the topic of sport, the BDA Golf Tournament will take place on 14 September, at the extremely challenging Coxmoor Golf Club, Sutton-in-Ashfield, a magnificent heathland course located close to Nottingham. There are still places available for teams of four, please contact me if you wish to sign up for this event.
Planning for November’s BDA Dinner Dance & Awards is also well underway, and we will be announcing details of the Awards element, which forms such an important part of the event, next month.
Finally, I would just like to welcome on behalf of the BDA, Subsurface Hydro Ltd – our newest Corporate Member.
BDA Audit Clarification

The BDA Audit is regularly 'tweaked' to refine the quality of the outcome and improve the BDA Audit experience. Changes may be suggested by the BDA Audit Team (Auditors, Internal Verifier, External Verifier, Audit Steering Group) or by Auditees or BDA Members.
Unfortunately, these minor adjustments have been misconstrued by some members as alterations to the purpose and content of the BDA Audit and concerns have been raised about the changes preventing a previously successful auditee from passing the BDA Audit.
A table of all the changes made to the BDA Audit, since the new version was launched in June 2020, can be viewed on the BDA website here:
This document highlights that the changes are largely procedural and would not affect the pass or fail of a competent driller with equipment which meets industry standards. It should be noted that any structural or fundamental changes which could impact the outcome of the BDA Audit must be passed through the BDA Audit Steering Group and communicated to membership well in advance of implementation to allow for appropriate changes, training or adaptations to be made.
An updated article relating to the BDA Audit, following member feedback and discussions with the BDA Audit Steering Group, can be viewed here:
Official Guidance for Heat Pump Installations Issued

A guide has been published on covering the design and installation of heat pumps for large non-residential buildings.
The official guidance, published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is designed to help ensure large heat pump installations are undertaken safely and to a high standard.
It is also hoped that by improving the standard of installations, consumers will be more confident specifying such low carbon energy systems and help reduce further the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels as well as support efforts towards clean energy independence.
The guidance document is available FREE to download from the CIBSE website here:
BDA Welcomes New Member

The BDA is pleased to welcome Subsurface Hydro Ltd as a Corporate Member of the Association.
Subsurface Hydro Ltd is a leading contractor with the capability to engineer and deliver a wide range of specialist groundwater technologies.
It’s great to welcome them to the BDA and we look forward to their contribution.
Round-up of the 2022 BDA Football Tournament

Well done to all who took part in the 2022 BDA Five-a-Side Football Tournament, held 18 June 2022, at “Goals Leeds”. The tournament was extremely competitive, with the top honour being taken by Team Soil Engineering, who narrowly beat Team Strata Geotechnics in the final.
A big thank you once again to the event’s sponsors: TerraRoc; Structural Soils; Soil Engineering; Terra Tek; Causeway Geotech and Phoenix Drilling. The support of these companies is what helps make the event a great success!

To read more, visit:
BDA Golf Day – 14 September 2022 

There’s time to book your place (for a team of four) on the 2022 BDA Golf Day, which is taking place on 14 September. This year the event is being held at the Coxmoor Golf Club, Sutton-in-Ashfield, a magnificent heathland course located close to Nottingham.
The BDA Golf Day gives you the chance to compete for various awards including 'Mining', 'Eddie Burke' & 'Les Nichol' trophies + two nearest the pin and longest drive prizes.
The event is open to BDA members and non-members. For more information and booking details, visit:
BDA Dinner Dance - 12 November 2022

Book your tickets now for the 2022 BDA Dinner Dance & Awards, which are being held 12 November 2022, at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.
A fun-packed evening is planned, with celebrity compere Alfie Moore, comedian and ex serving police sergeant with the Humberside Police, who will bring a unique blend of ‘life’ humour from nearly two decades ‘on the beat’.
The evening includes a three-course meal, a silent auction and a charity raffle, the raffle being in aid of NE Youth. A live band will also feature.
Tickets cost £100 individually or £1000 for a table of ten. Discounted accommodation is also available.
For more information and how to book tickets visit:
Can YOU see to Drive?

The BDA would like to remind members of the importance of good eyesight and how ensuring it meets required standards should form a critical part of any occupational health scheme.
To support the advice the BDA has issued a Safety Alert on the topic, highlighting HSE advice for testing every two years, as well as some of the consequences such as the offence of driving with ‘uncorrected defective eyesight’.
In fact, you can be fined up to £1,000 if you fail to tell the DVLA of a sight issue and any other medical condition that might affect your ability to drive safely and can be classed as a criminal offence.
More information is available on the HSE website, but to view the Safety Alert visit:
Keeping it Safe & Legal

With an estimated 4 million plus vans registered in the UK, it is a common misconception that there is no legislation governing van drivers and van operations. Due to their size and weight, vans can be driven and used for anything.
To address this misconception, Driving for Better Business, the free programme with online tools and resources to help you demonstrate leadership in the management and reduction of work-related road risk has published a handy guide.
A video is available to watch and an accompany guide are available FREE here:
External Events – Supported by the BDA – Member Discounts Available!

Geotechnica 2022 – 6-7 July 2022
The BDA is pleased to be supporting Geotechnica 2022, the UK’s Largest FREE to attend Geotechnical Conference and Exhibition being held 6-7 July 2022 at the Warwickshire Event Centre, Warwickshire.
Bringing together all areas of the geotechnical industry, from suppliers and manufacturers through contractors to clients, Geotechnica 2022 looks set to be bigger than ever.

To find out more 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 and the shortlist has been announced.
To see the shortlist or book tickets, visit: If you experience difficulties securing your member discount, please contact:
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. The BDA’s Chair, Paul McMann, will also be presenting at the event.
To find out more about the event and to book, 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. Some of the more recent are here:
And finally...
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