Our Background

Global Services

TDI-Brooks is a 28-year-old research and service company specializing in geotechnical and offshore survey projects; multi-disciplinary oceanographic and environmental projects; surface geochemical exploration; and high-end environmental chemistry for IOC and offshore wind clients in addition to federal and state agencies. 

We 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. TDI-Brooks has federal projects from NOAA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USEPA, USGS and BOEM.

TDI-Brooks owns and operates mult-use research vessels including Jones’ Act compliant R/V Brooks McCall , R/V Miss Emma McCall and R/V Marcelle Bordelon. In our fleet for both domestic and international operations we have the R/V Proteus, R/V Gyre and R/V Nautilus, our new DP2 vessel. 

TDI-Brooks provides laboratory analysis of sediment and water samples collected via our state-of-the-art laboratory facility B&B Labs, located at our headquarters in College Station, Texas. The chemistry and geotechnical laboratories provide high-quality analytical services and scientific interpretation.

Both laboratories are staffed with highly skilled scientists and chemists who have worked in partnership with federal and state agencies as well as the private energy and environmental industry for over 40 years. 

Pioneers in our field 

TDI-Brooks was formed in mid-1996 when both Dr. James Brooks and Dr. Bernie Bernard left their management positions with a research center at Texas A&M University in College Station.


The corporate headquarters is situated on 100 acres just north of Houston in College Station, Texas. Here you will find our environmental, geochemical and geotechnical laboratories.

TDI-Brooks has a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including fourteen Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists.

From the start of early Spring 2021, TDI-Brooks continues to drive forward in  emerging markets performing marine site investigations for several of the offshore wind operators on the US East Coast.

TDI-Brooks strives to provide a professional service to support each client and project by incorporating industry resources, relationships, technology, and safe practices. 



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 Value Proposition

We will deliver services of value to our customers using our initiative, competence, experience, training, systems, and expertise in these market niches, in trade for fair compensation, learnings, and the joy of discovery.

Our Values

  • We believe in pursuing true, systematic, effective 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.


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

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

2023 HSE Stats

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 and 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. 

Transparency & Anti-corruption


We act fairly and ethically wherever we conduct business, whether domestic or internationally. Our code of ethics and integrity capture our belief and intent in making the right decisions that impact our clients, our personnel, our suppliers, and the communities where we live and work. We have a core set of values to guide us every day, and we do the right thing, even when it’s difficult, not convenient, or not popular or observed by others.

An important part of our culture is recognizing that doing business with integrity is a shared responsibility. Every person engaged in our business efforts, 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 corruption or bribery that would be in conflict with our core values.

We believe that what we do is important — and how we do it is even more so. We work hard to earn and maintain the respect of our partners, investors, and clients around the globe. As we strive to continually deliver strong business value, we want to ensure that we achieve those results in the proper and forward-looking way. We take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in all its forms and do not accept corruption or bribery in our business or by those with whom we do business.


We prohibit soliciting, making, or accepting facilitation payments or “kickbacks” of any kind to government officials, foreign agencies, political parties, or party officials. We are committed to complying with all applicable laws in our 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 to our favor. The FPCA also prohibits payments to intermediaries or agents when the payments may be used to direct improper payments to foreign officials. “Kickbacks” and bribes do not involve only cash. They can also involve gifts, products, trips, or anything else of value. Many other countries around the world have similar laws that we must also strictly follow. The FCPA also prohibits payments to intermediaries or agents when the payments may be used to direct improper payments to foreign officials.


Further, we intend not to just act in accordance with those legal requirements, but to conduct all our industrial business in accordance with the honesty and integrity intended and reflected by our core values. We are expected to report any suspected illegal or unethical business activity. No employee, agent, contractor, vendor, or other affiliated party may directly or indirectly, offer, guarantee, pay, gift, grant or authorize any financial or other advantage to any other person or organization, with the intent to secure an improper advantage for us. Likewise, no employee, agent, contractor or vendor may accept payment or gifts 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.

Data Integrity: It is our policy to conduct all business with integrity and in an ethical manner.  It is essential that every employee understand and adhere to these ethical standards in order to preserve the basis integrity of all work products. Data integrity concerns the ability to define and defend that the entire survey, data acquisition, and analytical process has been “unimpaired” and performed following appropriate practices and procedures. The ability to defend the integrity of the data is by complete documentation of actions and activities, which includes such items as: (1) maintaining chain of custody and security of the samples; (2) clear documentation of the activities performed in the preparation and analysis of the samples and in the final data reduction, review, and reporting; and (3) by maintaining complete and clear files of these records.

Violation of this Ethics, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, formal reprimand, demotion, reassignment, or termination of employment, depending on the circumstances and gravity of the case.


 TDI-Brooks is committed to investing in the     communities and environment in which we live   and work. That means dedicating our time,   efforts and funds to support opportunities   wherever they emerge. We develop   relationships with non-profit partners to   deliver a positive impact and drive sustainable   projects that make a difference.

 We strive to improve the lives of people in   many different ways.

 Corporate Responsibility is much more than   charitable funding; it’s taking the lead to do   right   by building a better future for every   community. These projects aim to provide   sustainable and long-term benefits to our   community.

 TDI-Brooks’ employees are passionate about   engaging in their local communities and we   encourage them to contribute to the   communities where they live and work.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.



In an effort for a “hunger-free Brazos Valley”. TDI-Brooks supports the fund raising efforts of the Brazos Valley Food Bank by Sponsoring their annual “Celebration For Hope Dinner”.


Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has served the Brazos Valley in many ways since its founding in 1961. The Museum’s current mission is to preserve and protect natural and cultural history, to stimulate its understanding, and to encourage responsible stewardship of all natural and cultural resources. It accomplishes this through: 1) the preservation of artifacts and natural specimens; 2) the presentation of exhibits and educational programming; and 3) cooperative partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, community oriented entities, and academic institutions throughout the Brazos Valley.

There is no other museum within a 100 mile radius of Bryan and College Station which focuses on natural and cultural history and encourages human interaction with nature.



Brazos Youth Career Fair

Each year TDI-Brooks supports the Brazos County Youth to Career Fair which aims to expose area 8th graders to careers as they enter high school and begin to think about plans after graduation. Our team looks forward to each year explaining our methods and tools use for offshore surveys. The children also enjoy our fun laboratory show & tell.

Bryan Noon Lions Club

Our purpose is TO SERVE our community, our state, our country and our world. Our fund raising efforts support many local charities, especially those providing services to special needs children and victims of unexpected events such as natural disasters.


Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley

TDI-Brooks are proud to sponsor the annual Buddy Walk in support of our employees with children with Downs Syndrome. Since 1995, the Buddy Walk has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome. It is also the most widely  recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.

TDI-Brooks are proud sponsors towards the fundrasiing efforts of this organization.


Hospice Brazos Valley

Hospice Brazos Valley is the only non-profit hospice provider serving 17 central Texas counties since 1989. The non-profit difference means that patients, not profits, guide the comprehensive care you receive.  TDI-Brooks are proud sponsors towards the fundrasiing efforts of this organization.


Mercy Project - Faces of Freedom

One hundred and thirty-two formerly trafficked children have been rescued and returned home as a result of Mercy Project’s sustainable and holistic approach to ending child slavery in Ghana. TDI-Brooks has a local presence with Ghana offshore work and are happy to support these fundraising efforts to rescue, educate and help to provide a more sustainable method of income (aquaculture) that does not require the labor of children.

Program For Humanitarian Aid

TDI-Brooks are supporters of the Program for Humanitarian Aid (PHA). The PHA family is connecting vulnerable Ukrainian youth with a community who provides loving guidance towards healthy lives in Christ.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

TDI-Brooks are proud to support the Ronal McDonald House Charities – Central Texas. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas provides lodging and support services for families with children in Central Texas Hospitals. RMHC gives a family with a sick child what they need most — each other. RMHC provides lodging and services to families with critically ill and injured children.

San Fernando Christian Community - Phillipines

TDI-Brooks is proud to support the efforts of the San Fernando Christian Community with the supply of two 40-ft Sea Container Vans. These metal buildings will be placed on cleared land used to build the new “Champions Worship and Community Center” . The goal of group is to serve up to 1,500 local residents by Christmas Day 2019. Below you will find a video clip covering these efforts.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

TDI-Brooks is proud to support the efforts of the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization.

All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In Idaho and across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health.

That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. We’re a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. 

South brazos fire department

The South Brazos County FD is an all volunteer organization that serves approximately 110 square miles. Fire department personnel are responsible for responding to medical calls, vehicle accidents, and fire calls as well as other types of emergency and non emergency situations in Brazos County south of College Station from the Brazos River to Carter Creek and the Navasota River.


Special Olympics

TDI-Brooks is a proud Sponsor of the Houston and College Station Special Olympics. Two of our employees have children with Downs Syndrome and we are very happy to support their participation and achievements within Special Olympics. 

Texas Ramp Project

TDI-Brooks are proud donors of the Texas Ramp Project, in honor of employee Peter Hitchcock. 

“He who is generous will be blessed…” Proverbs 22.9a


The Salvation Army

Donations to The Salvation Army allows the organization to continue to “Do the Most Good” within our community. Impactful personalized giving allows serving those who walk in looking for assistance with food, rent, utility, clothing and so much more.  TDI-Brooks are a proud sponsor to support our community.

“He who is generous will be blessed…” Proverbs 22.9a


Twin City Mission

Serving the seven counties of the Brazos Valley: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson & Washington, TDI-Brooks is happy to support the fundraising efforts of this Mission. The Twin City Mission meets the needs of the homeless by providing shelter for children from abuse and neglect. 

UP - Unlimited Potential

TDI-Brooks are happy to donate to the efforts of the UP organization who works with young adults ages 18-25 who have aged out of the foster care system. More info on how to help here: https://www.upbrazosvalley.org/program-resources



Clients & partnerships


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.

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 - Offshore Wind Clients
  • Attentive
  • Avangrid
  • Dominion
  • ENBW
  • Ocean Wind
  • Orsted
  • TotalEnergies
  • US Wind
  • Vineyard Wind
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
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

Operating Regions

Countries Worked

TDI-Brooks has global experience with offshore programs in the following countries:

CubaEast Timor
Equitorial Guinea
French Guiana
Ivory Coast
Papua New Guinea
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
The Gambia
Trinidad & Tobago

TDI-Brooks is a scientific data acquisition services company specializing in multi-disciplinary oceanographic projects covering; environmental baseline surveys, geochemical “seep hunting” exploration and heat flow for oil and gas, offshore survey projects including seabed geotechnical, cable route and wind farm, metocean, multi-disciplinary oceanographic and high-end environmental chemistry, renewables and marine sciences.

  • Marine Geotechnical Coring Services
  • Portable Geotechnical Tool Kits
  • Seabed Geochemical “Seep-Hunting”
  • Hydrographic/Geophysical Surveys
  • Geohazard Studies
  • Marine Environmental Services
  • Metocean Surveys
  • Wind Farm Seabed Surveys
  • Cable Route Selections and Survey
  • LNG Field / Facilities Development
  • Onsite Environmental, Geochemical and Geotechnical Laboratories 
  • Oil & Gas
  • Offshore Wind
  • Offshore Mining Exploration
  • Telecommunications/Cable Route
  • Coastal / Ports / Channels / Waterways
  • Dredging
  • LNG Facilities
  • Government
  • Habitat Monitoring
  • Academia
  • Vessel Charters
  • Tidal and Wave Studies

Posters and Publications

TDI-Brooks believes in sharing our work and research with others in the community.

    Non-Conference Posters

      Conference Posters

      Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sciences (GoMOSES) Conference, 2019

      • Characterization and source identification of gas bubbles observed at Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael Gaskins, Dr. Bernie Bernard, Dr. James Brooks,  J18324 NOAA MC20 GOMOSES Poster Rev0

      AAPG Hedberg Conference, 2019


      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 other related topics.

      We have available

      Photo Gallery

      Photo Gallery

      Below you will find a gallery of images which showcase the work of TDI-Brooks and our laboratory affiliate, B&B Labs.  Explore images in a wide array of collections and galleries based on the work of TDI-Brooks’ scientists, officers, engineers and other personnel within the company.

      Photo Gallery

      Below you will find a gallery of images which showcase the work of TDI-Brooks and our laboratory affiliate, B&B Labs.  Explore images in a wide array of collections and galleries based on the work of TDI-Brooks' scientists, officers, engineers and other personnel within the company.

      TDI-Brooks headquarters, facilities, vessels, services and field work


      Field Work

      Other Images

      NOAA's Alvin Images

      Lophelia II

      Photographs courtesy of Lophelia II Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks, BOEM-NOAA-OER.

      Contact Us

      14391 S Dowling RD
      College Station, TX 77845

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