The Raeburn name has been synonymous with drilling since the mid-1940s.

Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Ltd (RDG) is based in Central Scotland with offices located strategically throughout the UK in Aberdeen, Glasgow, London and Birmingham. Since the inception of the business in 1985, RDG has grown significantly through acquisition, innovation and investment in long-term Client relationships. RDG is a highly successful award-winning Company capable of delivering high quality multimillion-pound Ground Investigation projects within programme, safely and to budget.

RDG started as a rotary drilling Company. The purchase of several companies in the early 1990’s saw rapid growth and the creation of Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Ltd. This included the introduction of geologists, geotechnical and civil engineers, environmental scientists and a new UKAS laboratory facility, which led to an increase in overall capability. Further acquisitions in the early 2000’s saw the addition of consultancy and laboratory testing facilities in London and Birmingham, which enabled the Company to expand UK-Wide.


RDG is involved in major framework contracts for many prestigious Clients including Scottish Water, Scottish & Southern Energy, Scottish Power Energy Networks, Transport Scotland, International Consultants, Major Contractors and Local Authorities.

At RDG there is an unparalleled, diverse range of wholly owned plant, which ensures all projects are resourced with drilling rigs and equipment suited to the job. This, combined with a team of experienced engineers from all disciplines and one of the UKs largest nationwide in-house testing geotechnical and chemical facilities ensures a solution is found for all Site/Ground Investigation projects.

RDG is the only Company based in Scotland and the UK offering a significant in-house Sonic Drilling capability to complement its conventional modes of intrusive Ground Investigation techniques. The combination of significant engineering expertise, large laboratory testing capacity and factual and interpretative reporting services means that RDG is unique in this regard.

An added key strength of RDG is its organic level management system. This allows strategic decisions to be made quickly and at singular level. Throughout the Company’s growth RDG has maintained and valued its friendly and personal approach to Client relationships.

Recent years have seen awards by GE and the British Drilling Association for Safety, Innovation, collaboration and successful delivery of very complex major Ground Investigation projects. Such recognition is testimony to RDG possessing the skill base and resource to deliver a service to the highest achievable standard.

The continued success of Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Ltd is highlighted by the accolade of winning the prestigious GE award:

Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year 2019

Delivering confidence, quality and results through innovation, safety and technical expertise.