Our Background

Scientific Services on a Global Basis

Headquartered in College Station, TX, TDI-Brooks strives to provide a professional service to support each client and project by incorporating industry resources, relationships, technology, and safe practices. TDI-Brooks has a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including fourteen Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists.

TDI-Brooks is a scientific data acquisition services company specializing in multi-disciplinary oceanographic projects; marine geochemical exploration for oil and gas; geotechnical and offshore survey projects, and high-end environmental chemistry for industry as well for as federal and state agencies. TDI-Brooks was formed in mid-1996 when our senior staff left management positions at a research center of Texas A&M University.

Lab WorkWe started by developing our capabilities in the marine seabed geochemical exploration market, a market that we originated in the early 1980s while at the university. Most of our current industry revenue is geochemical, geotechnical, and environmental in nature, and comes from projects in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and offshore Africa, South America Canada, Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean Sea. TDI-Brooks has federal projects from NOAA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USEPA, USGS and BOEM. This is the premier coastal environmental monitoring program in the USA.

TDI-Brooks is also one of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s three contract laboratories for trace organic residue analyses primarily in tissue samples. TDI-Brooks has also conducted projects for BOEM to study chemosynthetic communities at the seabed and to study deep-water corals at rigs, wrecks and reefs in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.


We’re Experts in our Field

Effective 20, January 2017, TDI-Brooks International, Inc. acquired  Engineering Firm certification with the State of Texas due to extensive experience in the area of offshore environmental, geotechnical, and geological site investigations, and expands offerings to include seafloor and subsurface soil engineering services. 

TDI-Brooks mission is to safely deliver high-quality oceanographic services, including acquisition, sampling, analysis and scientific interpretation to the marine environmental, geochemical, geotechnical and survey marketplace.

TDI-Brooks owns and operates multiuseSeabed Oil & Hydrate research vessels — R/V Proteus and R/V Brooks McCall. Our vessels are primarily engaged in geotechnical and geochemical coring and data acquisition, hazard surveys, environmental surveys, physical oceanography, heat flow, and high resolution site surveys for private and federal clients. All are specifically optimized for deep water operations with high speed winches, A-frames, multiple heavy coring rigs, subbottom profilers, precise navigation and USBL systems, and other kits for our surveys.

Our Mission

Our mission is to safely deliver high-quality oceanographic services, including acquisition, sampling, analysis and scientific interpretation, to the marine environmental, geochemical, geotechnical and survey marketplace.

Our Values

  • We believe in pursuing true, systematic, effective safety, not pretend-safety.
  • We believe in technical and business integrity.
  • We believe in persevering until we deliver.
  • We believe in delivering more value than our customer specifies.
  • We believe in being relentless in our drive to improve.
  • We believe in giving first and receiving later.
  • We believe in treating our customers and suppliers as friends.
  • We believe in treating our employees and business partners as family.
  • We believe in honoring the commitments we make.
  • We believe in showing good faith.
  • We believe in having fun.
  • We believe that our reputation is more valuable than our net worth.

Safety Management

TDI-Brooks has created a Comprehensive Training Program with the goal of training, supporting, engaging and evaluating our employees in a continual improvement process.

Safety Management

At TDI-Brooks, we realize that the strength of our safety system is heavily dependent on our front line employees. That is why we have worked hard to establish a two way dialogue between upper management and the employees on deck. To improve communications and reinforce the importance of safety practices, the vessels are visited regularly by members of upper management, and most of our office employees are expected to work offshore each year. TDI-Brooks has developed Core Safety Training for all employees who work on our vessels, both vessel crew and technical party. This main training provides an introduction to our Safety Management System and safety processes. Our Safety Management System extends well beyond our written manual into all aspects of our operations, including our shore side and land based operations.

Rosette n PPEOur Behavior Based Safety system is integral to our key safety policies and procedures, such as permit to work procedures, mentors for short service employees, toolbox talks, job safety analysis, safety observation cards and weekly HSE special topic training. Each aspect emphasizes each employee’s right and obligation to participate in planning the work, complete the job safely, report any potential issues and STOP WORK if it is unsafe, regardless of their position or seniority.

Employees are encouraged to participate in their own safety through monthly Risk Reviews, the HSE comments section in the weekly reports, Master’s Reviews, safety observation cards and contributions to the monthly safety newsletter.

A summary of our HSE statistics are available for download here.

Clients & Partnerships

Our Clients

Federal Clients
  • Geoscience Australia (Australia)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Commission (India)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • U.S. Mineral Management Service (MMS)
  • U.S. National Institute of Health
State Clients
  • California Fish & Game
  • Delaware River Basin Authority
  • Orange County, California
  • Rutgers University
  • Texas A&M Research Foundation
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Utah, EGI
Private Clients - Oil Companies
  • Agip Angola Ltd.
  • Agip Petroleum
  • Amerada Hess Corporation
  • Amoco Exploration and Production
  • Amoco Production Company
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Arco International Oil and Gas Company
  • BG E&P Nigeria Ltd.
  • BG Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.
  • BHP Petroleum
  • Black Gold Energy
  • Bluewater Industries Inc.
  • BP Exploration & Production Inc.
  • Chevron (Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd.)
  • Chevron Nigeria Limited
  • Chevron Oversees Petroleum Inc.
  • Chevron USA Inc.
  • CMS Energy Oil and Gas
  • Conoco Inc.
  • ConocoPhillips Inc.
  • Devon Energy Corp.
  • EDC International
  • Elf Aquitaine Production
  • Elf Exploration Angola
  • Elf Exploration Inc.
  • Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd.
  • Encana Corporation
  • Encana Gulf of Mexico LLC
  • Energy Africa Ltd.
  • ENI India Ltd.
  • Ensearch Construction
  • Ensearch Exploration Inc.
  • EOG Resources Int’l Inc.Esso Exploration Company
  • Esso E&P Angola Ltd.
  • Exxon Company USA
  • Exxon Exploration Company
  • Exxon Production Company
  • ExxonMobil Exploration Inc.
  • Fina Exploration and Production
  • Forest Exploration International Ltd.
  • Hess Corporation
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • I.E.O.C Exploration B.V.
  • Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Mobil Exploration Angola Inc.
  • Mobil Exploration & Production US Inc.
  • Mobil Producing Nigeria
  • Murphy Oil Company Ltd.
  • Murphy West Africa Ltd.
  • Nat’l Petroleum Corp. of Namibia (NAMCOR)
  • Nexen Petroleum Ltd.
  • Newfield Petroleum
  • Nigerian Agip Petroleum Co. Limited (NAOC)
  • Noble Energy Company
  • Norsk Hydro a.s.
  • Norsk Hydro Angola
  • Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Ocean Energy
  • Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Oxy USA Inc.
  • Petrobras Americas Inc.
  • Petrobras Brasileiro Nigeria Ltd.
  • Perobras Int’l Braspetro B.V. Pibbv Angola
  • PetroCanada
  • Petronas Carigali Mozambique E&P Ltd.
  • Petronas Research & Scientific Services Sdn. Bhd.
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Pioneer Natural Resources USA Inc.
  • Reliance Industries Ltd., Exploration & Production
  • Ranger Oil Company
  • Respol Exploration and Production
  • Repsol-YPF
  • Saga Petroleum ASA
  • SCS Corporation
  • SeaGull Energy E&P Inc.
  • Shell Exploration & Production Angola B.V.
  • Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
  • Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company Ltd.
  • Shell Offshore Inc.
  • Shell Exploration & Production Inc.
  • Shell Exploration & Production B.V.
  • SONANGOL (Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola)
  • Sonangol Pesquisa & Producao
  • Spirit Energy 76
  • Statoil ASA
  • Statoil Exploration (US) Inc.
  • Talisman Petroleum Ltd.
  • Texaco Exploration Africa Inc.
  • Texaco Inc.
  • Texaco USA
  • Total S.A.
  • Total Exploration & Production
  • Total Exploration & Production Angola
  • Total Minatome Corporation
  • TotalFinaElf
  • Unocal Corporation
  • Vanco Energy Company
  • Vastar Resources Inc
  • Williams Field Services – Gulf Coast Company
  • Woodside Energy Ltd.
  • Woodside Mauritania Pty. Ltd.
Private Clients - Other
  • Acergy Group
  • Akabb Investiments Ltd.
  • AOA Geophysics Inc.
  • Albion Environmental Inc.
  • Applied Marine Sciences
  • Arcadis, Geraghty & Miller
  • Boskalis Int’l B.V.
  • Brone Positioning and Survey Ltd.
  • Century Subsea Inc.
  • Chemical Land Holdings Inc.
  • Continental Shelf Associates
  • Creocean Montpellier Agency
  • Ecosystems Management & Associates
  • Entrix Inc.
  • Evans-Hamilton Inc.
  • Environ Int’l Group
  • Environmental Data Services
  • Fugro Geoservuces Inc.
  • Fugro Nigeria Ltd.
  • Galaxia Martimal Ltda.
  • Geochemical Solutions, Inc.
  • Geomark Research Inc.
  • Geoscience Earth & Marine Sciences (GEMS)
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Inc.
  • Hagler-Bailly Consulting Inc.
  • ICF Consulting Inc.
  • Keller-Bliesner Engineering
  • Kellogg Brown and Root Inc.
  • Kinnetics Inc.
  • MAR Inc.
  • Marsco Inc.
  • On-Site Analytical
  • Racal Survey
  • Romic Environmental Technologies Corp.
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • SMIT Americans Inc.
  • Steimle & Associates
  • Stolt Offshore West Africa Ltd.
  • Tolunay-Wong Engineers Inc.
  • Tesla Offshore Inc.
  • TGS-Nopec Geophysical Party Ltd.
  • UTEC Surveys Inc.
  • Vermilion Energy Trust
  • Western Geco Seismic Sdn. Bhd.
  • Woodward Clyde International – Americas

Our Partnerships

Acorn International, LLC

Acorn International delivers environmental and social risk management consulting to global industries and investors by partnering, directing and building capacity of local experts to promote local content and world-class quality assurance. The company operates not through a traditional consulting services model, but by providing structured tools and coordination to qualified host-country teams, maintaining a link with international clients and building capacity in the host-country team.


CB&I is a leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry. With over 125 years of experience and the expertise of more than 40,000 employees, CB&I provides reliable solutions to our customers around the world while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and an uncompromising standard of quality.

Geochemical Solutions International

Geochemical Solutions (GSI) was established in 1998 to provide the oil and gas industry geochemical technology for use in the exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing of natural hydrocarbon resources.



GeoMark Research is the preeminent geochemical laboratory, providing petroleum fluid analyses to the petroleum industry and offering a full range of source rock, oil, and gas services. Through a combination of analytical services, regional petroleum system studies, and integrated database products, GeoMark provides a full complement of exploration and production services.

Geoscience Earth & Marine Services, Inc.

GEMS – Geoscience Earth and Marine Services

GEMS is a premier consulting company that specializes in marine geology/geophysics, geotechnical engineering, and marine archaeology.

Geotek Ltd.

Geotek specializes in high-resolution, non-destructive analysis of geological cores. We have supplied our range of Multi-Sensor Core Logger (MSCL) systems for over 20 years, using a suite of geophysical and geochemical sensors, providing equipment sales and services to science and industry worldwide. A team of talented individuals at Geotek design and build instruments while also offering core analysis consultancy field services (onshore or offshore) with an unmatched level of expertise and experience.

Geo Survey Systems

In addition to its 2D and 3D high resolution marine seismic services, GeoSurvey Systems also provides its clients with a variety of advanced hydrographic survey, data processing, interpretation, and general consulting services, specializing in the applications to open ocean marine geohazards investigations, river and lake water bottom characterization, coastal and intra-coastal delineation of submarine sediments.

Maxon Consulting

Maxon Consulting, Inc. is a small woman-owned environmental and management consulting firm established in San Diego, California in 2004. They are a team of scientists and environmental consultants offering technically insightful solutions to difficult and often complex environmental and regulatory issues focused on coastal and offshore environments.

Our Staff

TDI-Brooks has a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists. Some of our senior staff continue to have academic appointments. About a third of the staff is part of our affiliated laboratory, B&B Labs. The other staff are involved in our offshore research and survey operations.

Administrative Staff
Laboratory Staff

*Field Staff Also

Field Staff
Professional Associates
International Staff
Marine Engineering

*Field Staff Also

IT Department

*Field Staff Also

  • Mr. Ron Yoakum, Facilities Manager
  • Mr. Drew Gorney, Facilities
  • Mr. Paul Gorner, Facilities
  • Mr. Camerino Serrato, Facilities
  • Mr. Jacob Olvera, Facilities
  • Mr. Juan Nieto, Facilities
  • Mr. Kurt Brandesky, Facilities


Many of our commonly used posters are available through the links below.


We have a number of our scientific publications available on our publications page. These articles are an excellent source of information about geotechnical, SGE, and heat flow studies, as well as a other related topics.

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