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WJ Wins Award at BDA 2015

WJ Groundwater is very pleased to share the news that it won the Innovation in Drilling category award at the BDA (British Drilling Association) Dinner and Dance 2015 in Edinburgh. The award was for our adapted Baby Giraffa, modified to work in deep excavations and tunnels.

12065507_642574355845256_6748095952409696238_nThe adapted Baby Giraffa is a fully articulated rotary drilling rig that complements WJ’s existing fleet with its ability to drill at a full range of angles including upwards and horizontally at heights of up to 7m above tunnel ground level. This makes it ideal for probe and depressurisation drilling within tunnels, shafts and basements. As with WJ’s existing SM5 rigs, the Baby Giraffa is operated by remote control allowing it to work in confined spaces where access can be challenging. The drilling rig has already been put to good use drilling probes and wells within tunnels and cross passages on the huge Crossrail project and on WJ projects all around the world.

The BDA Dinner and Dance took place on Saturday 17th Oct 2015 at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh with over 200 guests across the dewatering industry in attendance.


The meal was accompanied by entertaining table magic from Douglas Cameron. The BDA Chairman, Andrew Stevenson gave the night’s address on the state of the UK drilling industry and the work of the BDA throughout 2015. This was followed by the awards ceremony.  Over £4 k was raised for the night’s nominated charity was CHAS – Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, through the ward sponsors and the raffle on the night.


Please visit our Projects page to see examples of our specialties in groundwater engineering and dewatering services.

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Photo 1 - Baby Giraffa Rig tunnel drilling CP10


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