DCA mourns the loss of Hermann Lübbers
The co-founder, former president and honorary member of the Drilling Contractors Association (DCA), Hermann Lübbers, who last worked as a project manager for large-scale drilling technology at Beermann Bohrtechnik GmbH, died on 16 October 2019 at the age of 65 after a long and serious illness.
At the end of 1993, Hermann Lübbers and Dr. Rüdiger Kögler had the idea of founding an association for Horizontal Directional Drilling Technology. On 10 November 1993 the first official meeting of the working group 'Horizontal Drilling Technology' took place in Wallenhorst in the Hotel Bitter. The association was founded only one year later.
At the first meeting of the DCA, Hermann Lübbers became Protocol Secretary under the presidency of Claus Schmidt, who unfortunately had also died. The preparation of the first Technical Guideline of the DCA in German and English and the establishment of the office in Aachen fell into this founding period.
When Hans Ringers was elected as president in 1997, Hermann Lübbers became Vice-President and was significantly involved when the first drillmaster and foreman courses were realised in Celle. He also had a leading role establishing a standard display for HDD drillings.
But as vice-president he really put emphasis on developing DVGW’s worksheets GW 321 and GW 329 (for supervisors and skilled staff at HDD drillings), and later on the certifications related to these. This measure at that time was one, if not the milestone in view of quality protection in DCA’s history. For the first time minimum standards could be put into effect in this industry in the course of certification.
In the years between 2002 and 2006, under the presidency of Gerard P. Hoogveld, who also unfortunately passed away, the focus of his board work was on the training and further education of personnel on the equipment and the promotion of young scientists in industry.
The members meeting in 2007 then elected Hermann Lübbers as 4th president of the DCA. During his term of office the Technical Guidelines were completely revised twice and considerably expanded. The last and topical edition was published under his direction in three languages in 2015.
Representatively for all the other objectives that were achieved stands the implementation of own DIN standards for HDD drillings. It is primarily due to Hermann Lübbers that the new DIN standards overcame so many obstacles within the shortest time possible. Furthermore he could achieve that the DCA as association was specifically mentioned in the VOB; only very few others ever succeeded in that.
Hermann Lübbers remained associated with the DCA even after his resignation from the board at the beginning of 2017. After coordination with the board, he continued his activities with regard to training and further education. This applied primarily to the HDD training at the Bohrmeisterschule Celle and to the further training seminar according to GW 329 in Kassel.
Hermann Lübber's work will always be both an incentive and an obligation for the DCA and its members. The DCA will honour his memory.