The 2008 National Drilling Association Annual Convention is scheduled for Oct. 8-10 at the Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio, about a 25-minute drive from the Columbus airport. This year’s convention will feature outdoor drilling demonstrations, as well as seminars, evening entertainment and a golf outing. A reservation form and additional information may be found at

Seminar topics on Thursday include driller and drill management safety, DOT compliance, the standard penetration test, large-diameter pavement core drilling, drill fluids for geotechnical applications and geothermal drilling systems. Outdoor demonstrations on Friday morning will highlight new rigs, hammer calibration, and the proper mixing of drilling fluids.