Awards and Achievements

Awards

Due to COVID-19 the BDA Dinner Dance did not take place in 2020.  However, the BDA Awards still took place, and all winners were presented with a trophy in person, following strict COVID-19 distancing guidelines.

The BDA Award winners video can be viewed here – https://www.britishdrillingassociation.co.uk/news/2020-bda-awards/

All Awards Winners (2014 – 2020):

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Stan Dronsfield & Alan Pardoe – 2020
David Airey & David Allan – 2019
Steve Tomlinson – 2018
John Smith – 2017
William Hill – 2017
Peter Redford 2016
Keith Peacock 2015
Hamish Simpson 2015
William Branston 2014

LEAD DRILLER AWARD

Brett Hawes – 2020
Hugh Ferry – 2019
Chris Jones – 2018
Lee Donachie – 2017
William Hill – 2017
Daniel Perret – 2016

INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE / INNOVATION AWARD

Atkins (with Morgan Sindall and BGS – Dig to Share project, which encourages the sharing of information via BGS data base on digital borehole)
Atkins (with WSP and Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical – 2019 – AMJVA9 Site Team and Data Collection Tool; WJ UK – 2019 – Pumping Test Concrete (Thames Tideway Tunnel)
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 – 2020 – Coping with Covid initiative.
SOCOTEC – 2019 – Work Front Safety Board
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

Ian Slater, BAM Ritchies

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:

2021

Introduced a Digital Election Process for BDA elections; BDA Audit scheme accredited by Mineral Products Qualifications Council MPQC, ensuring it is run and administered in line with ISO 19011;  New Rotary Drilling Manual published and FREE to all; BSI documents distributor agreement signed with BDA; BDA SAP Apprenticeship Scheme 2021/22 – Group 10, with largest number of Apprentices to date (12 in total); Online series of webinars delivered.

2020

Level 3 Diploma qualification in Advanced Land Drilling launched in association with MP Awards; Online series of webinars introduced, on a variety of topics; New BDA website launched; BS 5930_2015+A1_2020 went live on the BSI system;  Re-launch and rebrand of the BDA Audit.

2019

8th Series BDA Technical Seminars – What are the Risks of Rising Complacency about Geotechnics?; 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

7th Series BDA Technical Seminars – Solutions for the Future of the Geotechnical Industry; 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 BDA Technical Seminars – Best Practice in Linear Infrastructure Projects.

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

2nd Series BDA Technical Seminars – Safety.

2012

Hazardous Gases document with Coal Authority / Health & Safety Executive; BS5930 A2 amendment co-ordinated/facilitated by BDA; 1st Series BDA 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 launched; Guidance, Cable Percussion; 1st Geodrilling Show

2003

Joined NSCC.

2002

Health & Safety Manual launched.

2001

Website launched; CSCS Land Drilling card created.

2000

National Vocational Qualifications, Land Drilling, for drill crews.

2000

Guidance Notes, Protection of Persons from Rotating Parts.

1998

Directory of Ground Investigation Contractors created.

1995

EN 791, Drill Rig Safety developed with BDA’s help.

1992

Guidance Notes, Safe Drilling Contaminated Land.

1992

Drilling Technology Open Learning Course launched.

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.