The British Drilling Association (BDA) is the UK's trade association for the ground drilling industry.

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BDA Supports INWED 2019 - 20th June 2019

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED19) - taking place 23 June 2019 - is an international awareness campaign designed to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on...
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Designing Pumping Tests for Geotechnical Investigations - 6th May 2019

Recent ground investigation contracts for major infrastructure projects have featured increasing elements of groundwater testing, driven partly by the evolving environmental permitting and consent...
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Every day's a school day! - 23rd April 2019

The importance of training is often taken for granted; we all recognise the benefits it offers both to organisations and to individuals, yet when it comes to actually establishing a scheme, parti...
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Solution for the Future of the Geotechnical Industry, Leeds - Post Event Precis - 17th April 2019

Following a similar format to the previous London and Edinburgh located seminars, the British Drilling Association (BDA) Event, "Solutions for the Future of the Geotechnical Engineering", which w...
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Asbestos in Soil - Guidance for Site Investigation - 8th April 2019

Asbestos contamination within the ground has become increasingly challenging for anyone seeking to develop brownfield sites and the British Drilling Association (BDA) is keen to raise awareness a...
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Solutions for the Future of the Geotechnical Industry - February 2019, Edinburgh - Post Event Precis - 19th February 2019

Technology is ever present, yet its commonplace existence often masks the benefits it can bring, especially to the drilling sector. Against this backdrop, the recent British Drilling Association ...
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Provisional CSCS Cards - 12th February 2019

How many times has a new employee who has not experienced the reality of the drilling industry decided after a few weeks on site that "this is not for me" and left their employment? On the other h...
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A Guide to Guarding - 4th February 2019

Guarding is a legal requirement in the UK; HSE guidance and PUWER 1998 (as amended) assists towards compliance and highlights the requirements to prevent people from entering a 'danger zone'. 'Dan...
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Common Data Errors - 29th January 2019

We live in an increasingly data centric world and we are consuming data at a rate, like never before in history. Yet, our understanding of the data we generate does not always take advantage of i...
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Access and egress of towed plant. - 23rd January 2019

  With a growing number of reported incidents to the BDA regarding the damage and failure of cable percussion drilling rigs, compressors and trailers whilst towing on the public highway t...
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Sourcing the Best Company for the Job - 18th January 2019

There was plenty of evidence at the British Drilling Association (BDA) seminar "Emerging Best Practice in Ground Investigation for Linear Infrastructure Projects" to reaffirm the difficulties tha...
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STATUS ON Euro Codes EN BS 22475 SERIES OF DOCUMENTS AND COMPLIANCE - 10th January 2019

The following Euro Codes BS EN 22475 series documents titled "Geotechnical Investigation and Testing - Sampling Methods and Groundwater Measurements" are under full review. The CEN working group ...
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Sonic Versatility - 2nd January 2019

Writing something new about sonic drilling is a difficult task; many practitioners have already authored excellent articles documenting both the benefits and some of the drawbacks. Whilst the tec...
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A Lifetime of Drilling - 21st December 2018

Having recently retired from the ground investigation industry, with some forty years of experience, and finally as Principal Geologist within the Infrastructure & Energy Division of SOCOTEC,...
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Accessing the UK's Borehole Data - 19th December 2018

Accessing the UK's Borehole Data Everyone loves boreholes at BGS, but how good are we in the sector at preserving and re-using valuable (and mostly public sector funded) information about the su...
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