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Annual Congress

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Annual Congress

The DCA holds its annual congress in October, to which European and non-European members of the association are invited, but also other interested parties. The event takes place over three days with an arrival day and two days of lectures. In addition to the very interesting lecture programme with top-class technical lectures, the DCA offers its members the opportunity to present their own products and introduce their company at the event. An entertaining social programme accompanies the event, which primarily focuses on the professional exchange among industry professionals and is highly appreciated by the participating members.

Registration Annual Congress 2022 for non-members

Info for DCA members: members can still register using the link distributed in the member info.


05th – 07th October 2022


Crowne Plaza Hotel

The Drilling Contractors Association (DCA) will hold its 26th Annual Congress from October 05 to 07, 2022, to which we would like to cordially invite you to Stratford-upon-Avon in the United Kingdom. Members, partners and friends of the DCA will meet at the hotel Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon for interesting lectures and an exchange of experiences. The motto of the 26th Annual Congress is:

To drill or not to drill – that’s the question!

The event is supported by the DCA members Michels Corporation, Ditch Witch EMEAand Beermann Bohrtechnik GmbHas Gold Sponsors. The company Vermeer also supports the DCA as a two-time Silver Sponsor! We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support!

Program of the Annual Congress and further information:

The workshops on the two topics “The role of drilling fluid in the borehole” and “Accuracies in HDD drilling” will be held in parallel in two linguistically separate groups. Participation is only possible in one workshop at a time.

The evening event on Thursday will take place in the beautifully situated manor house “Ragley Hall” south of Alcester, about 13 km west of Stratford-upon-Avon in the county of Warwickshire. Arrival and departure will be by bus. Appropriate evening dress is requested (dress code: festive).

The traditional golf tournament will take place directly after the congress and will be organized by Gerd Paulisch as before. The golf course is located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. For further information about the golf tournament, please contact the office.

Information about registration for non-members:

Please fill out the registration form below and mail it to the office.

Contact: Dipl.-Geol. Antje Quante, a.quante@dca-europe.org

Information about room reservation and traveling:
Sponsors of the Annual Congress

HDD industry faces major challenges in Germany

The 25th DCA Annual Congress in Bonn, Königswinter again took place as a live event and was able to report a new record with over 160 participants. They all felt that meeting “face to face” is by far the best way for a professional exchange in our industry and during the again very attractive social program.

The event, which was held under the motto “From Pipe to Cable”, was dominated by the many and varied tasks facing the HDD industry as a result of the energy transition and the expansion of broadband in Germany. The investments that will be made in both areas over the next few decades are reaching dimensions that the industry has never seen before in this concentrated form. HDD will play an important role in both broadband expansion and the laying of power lines from north to south in Germany. This situation will not be different in other member countries. in other member countries. As things stand at present, the capacities of qualified planning and civil engineering companies available on the market will not easily be able to meet the demand. The challenges that still have to be overcome from a technical point of view, including the laying of power cables in crossing areas using HDD, were given a brief foretaste in the presentation by Tennet.

After a highly interesting introductory lecture by Prof. Dr. Martin Korte from the Technical University of Braunschweig on the topic “Shaping the future – paradoxes of decision-making”, two workshops on the topics “Subsoil parameters” and “Drilling fluids and cuttings, disposal and recycling” were held in addition to the lectures on the aforementioned topics. Intense discussions took place in the workshops. Conclusion: Both topics are far from being finalised.

The congress documents and the presentations of the workshops as well as further information on the event will soon be available for viewing and downloading in the members’ area.

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Im Zeichen des Umweltschutzes

DCA executive secretary Dietmar Quante welcomed about 145 participants at the 24th annual congress on 16th to 18th October 2019 in Krakow. The environmental factor in particular was the focus of attention, including drilling in nature reserves and electrically operated drilling rigs.

In addition to the lecture programme, the DCA also offered an interesting spouse programme for all participants. In addition to a visit to the city of Krakow, which is well worth seeing, and a guided tour on the subject of “Jewish Life in Krakow”, including a visit to Oskar Schindler’s factory, the evening event took place on Thursday at the Wieliczka 135 m salt mine in the Warsaw Festival Hall.

In Poland, a lot has happened in the field of HDD, especially in recent years. This was demonstrated by Roland Kośka of Gaz-System S.A. in his lecture. Over the past ten years, the gas network operator has continuously expanded its network, using HDD in particular in addition to the Microtunneling and Direct Pipe processes (in more recent projects). In the past, however, inadequate equipment, faulty planning and lack of construction supervision made the work more difficult. More uniform standards and significantly more competition on the Polish HDD market have considerably improved the situation in recent years, according to Kośka (…)

Read more in our members’ area.