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 and engaging 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 HSEStats (2017).


As a company we take great pride in our reputation for acting fairly and ethically wherever we conduct business, whether domestic or internationally. Our Code of Ethics and Integrity guides us in making the right decisions that impact our clients., our personnel and the communities where we live and work. We have a core set of values to guide us every day, and we pride ourselves on doing the right thing, even when its hard or not convenient.

An important part of our culture is recognizing that doing business with integrity is a shared responsibility for all of us at TDI-Brooks. Every person working at TDI-Brooks, whether as an employee, consultant, agent, contractor or in any other capacity, has a responsibility to act with the highest level of integrity and sound judgement regarding any form of ethics or bribery which would negatively impact our company core values.


TDI-Brooks trusts that what we do is important – and how we do it is even more so. Guided by our strong values of integrity we work hard to earn the high regards of our partners, investors and clients around the globe. As we strive to continually deliver strong business results, we want to guarantee we achieve those results in the proper way. We are proud to say we take zero tolerance approach to corruption in all its forms and do not accept corruption or bribery in our business or in those we do business with.

TDI-Brooks abides by a strict code of business ethics and integrity. Our anti-corruption standards clearly prohibit bribery and corruption in all our business dealings.

TDI-Brooks prohibits making or accepting, facilitation payments or “kickbacks” of any kind to government officials, foreign agencies, political parties, or party officials. TDI-Brooks, its subsidiaries and other affiliated companies are committed to complying with all applicable laws in their operations, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA). The FPCA is a U.S. law that prohibits bribes to government officials (including political candidates and political parties) in order to influence their acts or decisions. The FPCA also prohibits payments to intermediaries  or agents when the payments may be used to direct improper payments to foreign officials.

Further, TDI-Brooks intends not to just act in accordance with those legal requirements, but to conduct its business in accordance with the utmost level of honesty and integrity. All employees are expected to report any suspected illegal or unethical business activity.

No TDI-Brooks employee, agent, contractor, vendor, or other affiliated Third Party may directly or indirectly, offer, guarantee, pay, grant or authorize any financial or other advantage to any other person or organization, with the intent to secure an improper advantage for TDI-Brooks. Likewise, no employee, agent, contractor or vendor may accept payment from a Third Party if they know or suspect that it is offered or provided with an expectation that a business advantage will be provided in return.

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
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
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.
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

Countries Worked

TDI-Brooks International, Inc. has global experience with offshore programs in the following countries:

Countries Worked
French Guiana
Papua New Guinea
Saudi Arabia
South Africa

TDI-Brooks maintains a multitude of partnerships across the globe to provide expert turnkey solutions to our clients.

In conjunction with our offshore geotechnical programs, TDI-Brooks offers a comprehensive suite of high-quality analytical services and scientific interpretation with a focus on petroleum geochemistry, surface geochemical exploration, oil spill response, environmental chemistry, and environmental assessments.

We have established a highly technical, state-of-the-art laboratory facility in College Station, Texas, staffed with competent and highly accomplished staff proficient in geochemical and environmental chemistry as well as in biological, geological and physical oceanography.

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.

Professional Associates
International Staff
Management and Administrative Staff
Laboratory Staff

*Field Staff Also

Field Staff
Marine Engineering

*Field Staff Also

IT Department

*Field Staff Also

  • Mr. Ron Yoakum, Facilities Manager
  • Mr. Drew Gorney, Facilities
  • Mr. Paul Gorney, Facilities
  • Mr. Camerino Serrato, 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 geochemical, geotechnical, SGE, and heat flow studies, as well as a other related topics.

We have available

Contact Us

TDI-Brooks International, Inc.
14391 S. Dowling RD
College Station, TX 77845

Email: info@tdi-bi.com
Phone: +1 (979) 693-3446