Grainger chosen as director of British Drilling Association

John Grainger, manager of the Fugro NV drilling service line for Europe, Africa, and the Caspian region, has been appointed a director of the British Drilling Association (BDA).

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John Grainger, manager of the Fugro NV drilling service line for Europe, Africa, and the Caspian region, has been appointed a director of the British Drilling Association (BDA).

During his term of office he will serve as one of two directors responsible for the overall strategic management of the association, which represents drilling contractors and specialists in the UK geotechnical and ground investigation industry.

Grainger, who joined Fugro in 2012, has more than 35 years of experience in drilling and ground investigations for major infrastructure projects in locations across Northern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caspian.

Grainger previously served as BDA chairman and is presently chair of its marketing committee.

Other Fugro personnel co-opted to BDA roles are Neil Breach, a safety advisor who joins the safety subcommittee, and senior project engineer Paul McMann, who now serves on the training and education subcommittee.

Meanwhile, Chris Coleman, a principal engineering geologist at Fugro has been elected to the committee of the Engineering Group of The Geological Society (EGGS), the main focus for engineering geology in the UK.

With Fugro since 2007, Coleman is a chartered geologist and technical lead for onshore and nearshore site characterization. He is a specialist in Quaternary deposits and terrains, investigation of intertidal zones, and development of 3D ground models for geohazard visualization and engineering appraisal.

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