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

Welcome to what you could probably call the Summer Newsletter and I hope you’re all managing to squeeze in a few days away from work?
Last month I commented on the rising cost of fuel and raw material prices as being the main drivers behind rising construction costs, and whilst these challenges remain, and expected to continue at least until the end of 2022, the main threat longer term is labour shortages.
In fact, according to a spokesperson at BCIS Materials Cost Index, labour shortages are ‘expected to evolve as the significant driver for overall construction cost increases next year and the construction sector would need to compete for it with other sectors.’ This is particularly worrying for the construction industry, which is already struggling to attract new young talent.
However, I have always liked to help people develop and grow, and during my tenure as Chair of the British Drilling Association (BDA) I would like to extend this to also encourage young people into the drilling industry and support them throughout their careers. The BDA is continuing to deliver its new entrants training scheme and one of the BDA’s working groups will also develop the trailblazer apprenticeship scheme. Drilling has already moved on considerably – offering diverse opportunities to people from all walks of life.
Drilling and construction will always face a challenge attracting new talent, as there are simply so many career choices open to young people, but I think there is room to develop more career paths and development opportunities for drilling operatives and the BDA has already done work in this area, including developing a level three national vocational qualification in advanced drilling.
These and other initiatives are delivering change, albeit slowly, but change at any pace is good and I think the more momentum we generate the faster we will see numbers grow and I think we should all be quite optimistic for the future.
Before I close, I would like to add that entries are now being invited for this year’s BDA Awards and I would encourage you all to enter. The Awards are a great way to celebrate the achievements of your company, individuals and above all the drilling sector that we are all so proud to be a part of. Get those entries in now!
A Note from our General Manager - Joel Stevens

The much-anticipated BDA Golf Tournament is now fully booked, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors - JKS Boyles, Fugro, A.I.P.S Insurance, Marshall Drilling and Wheeler Site Investigation.
I would also like to extend an additional thanks to JKS Boyles, for arranging the prize for any player hitting a ‘hole-in-one’ – A CAR - which is being kindly sponsored by A.I.P.S. (Autonetic Insurance and Pension Services Ltd). Any money raised from the hole in one competition will be split between two nominated charities.
If you would like to sponsor part of the competition, please get in touch with me directly via email:
Staying on the topic of social events, plans for the 2022 BDA Dinner Dance & Awards are also well underway, and now that details of the Awards element have been published, I’d like to reiterate that sponsorship opportunities are available for all BDA members. The event is the highlight of the BDA’s social calendar and a great opportunity to celebrate the absolute best of the drilling sector! So why not align your brand with the best of the sector and support the event? Details can be found later in the newsletter.
I would like to close my note by offering a warm welcome to Onsen Energy Ltd – the BDA’s newest member. Great to have you on board!
BDA Chair to Speak at GE Smart Geotechnics 2022

The BDA is pleased to announce that its Chair, Paul McMann, will be speaking at this year’s GE Smart Geotechnics 2022, an event organised by Ground Engineering magazine and running concurrently with its Basements and Underground Structures Conference. The event is being held 6 October at the Park Plaza Victoria, London, and there is a 15% discount for BDA members wishing to attend.
Paul’s presentation is titled ‘Utilising BDA DATA – BDA Audited drillers the Mark of Quality essential in Smart geotechnics’ and will look at how the BDA Audit could reduce the risk of poor data for all projects.
Smart Geotechnics 2022 is aimed at anyone involved in geotechnical monitoring and data analysis, looking for up-to-date insights into projects and smart technologies, including the use of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Access is also included to its sister event Basements and Underground Structures 2022 too.
To qualify for your 15% BDA member discount, quote BDA at the time of booking, but if you have any difficulties securing your discount, please contact:
BDA Seminar Announced – ‘UK Net Zero Strategy – Drill Back Greener’

The BDA is pleased to announce its latest seminar “UK Net Zero Strategy – Drill Back Greener”, which will be held 21 September 2022 at IOM3, London, and with the great support of headline sponsor ADP Group.
Tackling all issues that look to take the drilling sector forward to net zero emissions, the seminar already has a fantastic line up of speakers, including Arup, Kensa, WSP and BAM Ritchies.
In addition to the excellent presentations, attendees will have the chance to engage in a Q&A session and network during the post seminar ‘Drinks & Canapés’ in the exhibition area. The cost to attend is just £90 members and £120 non-members (prices include VAT).
Details of how to register can be found in the BDA Events section of the BDA website:
Please note that exhibition spaces for the seminar are now sold out.
Land Drilling New Entrant Training Scheme 2022/23 Open

Apply now for the BDA 18-month Land Drilling Specialist Applied-Skills Programme, which is designed to take a company employee beginning their drilling career through to the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Land Drilling, level 2, as a Lead Driller.
The new entrant training scheme, which is open to BDA members and non-members, provides 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 the 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.
For full details see
BDA Awards 2022 – Open for Submissions

Submissions are now being invited for the BDA Awards 2022, which are being held 12 November 2022, at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.
The Awards categories are:
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – recognising contributions to the Drilling Sector or Association over the entire career of an individual
  • APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD - recognising an outstanding apprentice on the BDA scheme and how that individual has also made a positive contribution to their workplace through commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication
  • LEAD DRILLER OF THE YEAR – recognising an individual Lead Driller that has made an outstanding contribution to the British drilling industry / their company and who embodies the ethos of the BDA
  • INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD – recognising an outstanding project, innovation, or achievement within the scope of the drilling sector
  • SAFETY INITIATIVE AWARD – recognising an initiative that has measurably improved safety for a project, an individual or the wider drilling industry
The judging of entries will be by panel including BDA Chair, Vice Chair and members of the relevant BDA Sub-committees (according to the award category), with a shortlist being produced and winners presented with their trophy in person at the Awards event.
Closing date for entries is 5pm, 12 October 2022
To enter the BDA 2022 Awards, complete the entry form, which is available from the BDA website:
BDA Welcomes Another New Corporate Member

The BDA is pleased to welcome Onsen Energy Limited as its newest Corporate Member of the Association.

Onsen Energy Limited specialises in vertically drilled borehole solutions, heat pump installations whilst also sub-contracting for some of the leading ground source heating system installers and designers in the Southeast.
It’s great to welcome them to the BDA and we look forward to their contribution.
Spotlight on BDA Member Benefits…

Book FREE Copies of GeoDrilling International Magazine | As a BDA member you are entitled to FREE copies of GeoDrilling International magazine. To view a list of all BDA member benefits, please visit: 
Discounted membership on CHAS | The BDA offers its members discounted membership on CHAS – 20% off for new CHAS members and 10% off for existing CHAS members. To learn more about CHAS, please visit:
BDA Golf Day – 14 September 2022 – FULLY BOOKED

A big thank you to all sponsors – JKS Boyles, Fugro, A.I.P.S Insurance, Marshall Drilling and Wheeler Site Investigation – for supporting this year’s BDA Golf Day, taking place on 14 September, which is now fully booked!
And… courtesy of A.I.P.S. (Autonetic Insurance and Pension Services Ltd) and arranged by JKS Boyles, there is now the chance to WIN A CAR! Yes, if anyone is lucky enough to hit a “hole in-one”, then the key to a brand-new car is theirs!
Of course, it won’t be easy as the event is being held at the Coxmoor Golf Club, in Sutton-in-Ashfield, a magnificent heathland course located close to Nottingham, renowned for its difficulty, but we have our fingers crossed for a hole in-one winner!
Good luck to all teams who have signed up to take part!
BDA Dinner Dance - 12 November 2022

Don’t forget to 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. The evening also includes a three-course meal, a silent auction, and a charity raffle 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:
BDA Awards - Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

With the BDA Dinner Dance and Awards fast approaching, why not show your support by sponsoring the event?
Being held 12 November 2022, at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, the Dinner Dance and Awards present a tremendous opportunity to not only promote your company and brand but also show your support for the evening’s chosen charity NE Youth
Various sponsorship packages are available to suit all budgets:
•        Headline Sponsor - £1,000
•        Menu Sponsor - £750
•        Band Sponsor - £500
•        Photographer Sponsor - £250
•        Three – Raffle Prizes - £Various
To find out more, including a breakdown of what each sponsorship package includes, please visit:
External Events – Supported by the BDA – Member Discounts Available!

£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.
To view 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 NEC 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 Richard Fielden will also be presenting at the event.
To find out more about the event and to book, 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 will take place 22 September 2022, at The Brewery, London, with 21 categories available for entry this year.
For more information, visit:
BDA Supports London Build 2022 – 16 – 17 November 2022
The BDA is pleased to be supporting London Build 2022, which is being held 16 – 17 November at Olympia, London, and is one of the must-attend construction events of the year.
FREE to attend, the event offers the chance to meet and do business with London's contractors, architects, specifiers, developers, local councils, housing associations, house builders, engineers, suppliers and construction professionals.
To register for free tickets, 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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