Awards and Achievements

Awards

BDA Award Categories for 2019 are:

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – recognising an individual that has made a lengthy and outstanding contribution to the British drilling industry over their career
  • LEAD DRILLER OF THE YEAR – recognising an individual Lead Driller that has made an outstanding contribution to the British drilling industry
  • INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD – recognising a demonstration of technical excellence, innovation and/or collaborative working achieved by a Company and/or co-working & co-operation between a BDA Member Company and one or more Consultants, Contractor’s, Supplier etc. on a recently competed project, innovation or development initiative.
  • SAFETY INITIATIVE / IMPROVEMENT AWARD – recognising a recent safety campaign or initiative in the British Drilling industry that has reduced accidents / near misses or improved behavioural safety culture
Awards will be presented at our annual dinner dance which is being held in Bristol this year on 9th November.
The closing dates for entries is 4th October 2019.
Previous Winners:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Steve Tomlinson – 2018
John Smith – 2017
William Hill – 2017
Peter Redford 2016
Keith Peacock 2015
Hamish Simpson 2015
William Branston 2014

LEAD DRILLER AWARD

Chris Jones – 2018
Lee Donachie – 2017
William Hill – 2017
Daniel Perret – 2016

INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE / INNOVATION AWARD

Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical – 2018 – A96/A9 Dualling Schemes
Aspin Group – 2017 – Aquarius Road2Rail Drill Rig
Bam Ritchies – 2016 – Chantry Lane Chalk Mine Remediation
WJ Groundwater – 2015 –  Adaptation of a Marini “Baby Giraffa” Drilling Rig
Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical – 2015 – Caithness Moray Shetland (CMS) HVDC Connection
Soilmec – 2014 – SM-5 Drilling Rig

SAFETY INITIATIVE / IMPROVEMENT AWARD

Socotec – 2018 – Drill Rig Induction
ESG (Socotec) – 2017 – Cable Percussion Rig Anti Whip-Check Bar
Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical – 2016 – 100% on an Achilles Verify Audit on Safety, Health, Environment & Quality practices
Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited – 2015 – On-Line Safety Reporting and Mobile Phone ‘Safety App’
Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited – 2014 –  Manual Handling and Safety Awareness Training

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dean Eley – 2017 – Bam Ritchies
Craig Mullarkey – 2016 –  Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd
Frase Dellet – 2015 – Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd
Ricky Backshall – 2014 –  ESG

Achievements

The list below is just a snapshot of the many landmarks and achievements the BDA is rightly proud and serve as an encouragement to present and future members to seek for further improvements in the industry:

2019

70th Land Drilling Apprentice taken on. New Level 3 NVQ developed. Initiated work on a non-drilling NVQ for Geotechnical Operatives so they can get CSCS cards. 2019 – Common Data Errors Guidance published

2018

Launch of BDA Industry Seminars. Drillers 5-a-Side Football Tournament launched. Cable Percussion rig manual published

2017

Highest number of members (since 2004) – standing at 133.  Record number of audited members – standing at 224. “Quality Matters” Road Show – delivered across the UK; 6th Series Technical Seminar – Best Practice in Linear Infrastructure Projects

2016

40th Anniversary BDA existence; Guidance Cable Percussion; 5th Series Technical Seminars – Health & Well Being

2015

Health & Safety Manual (Revised); 4th Series Technical Seminars – Digital Data

2014

EN16228 Drill Rig Safety developed with help BDA (replaces En791); 3rd Series Technical Seminars – Innovation

2013

2nd Series Technical Seminars – Safety

2012

Hazardous Gases document with Coal Authority / Health & Safety Executive; BS5930 A2 amendment co-ordinated/facilitated by BDA; 1st Series Technical Seminars – Quality

2011

4th Geodrilling Show. Developed Sector Scheme for Geothermal Drilling

2010

New Web Site launched. Developed Sector Scheme for Ground Investigation

2008

Guidance, Contaminated Land revision. 3rd Geodrilling Show

2007

Apprenticeship Scheme. Guidance, Dynamic Sampling

2006

2nd Geodrilling Show

2005

BDA AUDIT. Guidance, Cable Percussion. 1st Geodrilling Show

2003

Joins NSCC

2002

Health & Safety Manual

2001

Web Site launched. CSCS Land Drilling card

2000

National Vocational Qualifications, Land Drilling, for drill crews

2000

Guidance Notes, Protection of Persons from Rotating Parts

1998

Directory of Ground Investigation Contractors

1995

EN 791, Drill Rig Safety developed with BDA help

1992

Guidance Notes, Safe Drilling Contaminated Land

1992

Drilling Technology Open Learning Course

1992

Code of Safe Drilling Practice Seminars – Safety

1991

BDA endorsed Training School

1990

BDA Driller Accreditation. First Competence Award scheme

1980s

BS 4019, Part 2 developed and became ISO standard

Looking to the future, many more initiatives are in progress and the BDA is continuously evolving to truly represent the entire drilling sector. Your contribution to these initiatives would be extremely useful and if you are not already, why not join the BDA now.