About TDI-Brooks International
Scientific Services on a Global Basis
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 the oil & gas industry as well as for 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.
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.
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. 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 mult-use research vessels — the R/V Proteus and R/V Gyre along with the R/V Brooks McCall which is on a long-term charter. 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.
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.
- 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.
TDI-Brooks has created a Comprehensive Training Program with the goal of training, supporting and engaging our employees in a continual improvement process.
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.
Our 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 (2019)
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.
CORPORATE social RESPONSIBILITY
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.
Aggieland Pets With A Purpose
Aggieland Pets With A Purpose is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Brazos Valley area residents by enhancing their physical, social and emotional well-being with the unconditional love of our pets. APWAP provides volunteers and evaluated and trained animals for educational, rehabilitative and emotional assistance purposes. Our very own Shannon Smith is an active volunteer for this organization.
American heart Association
BRAZOS VALLEY FOOD BANK
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
college station HS Cougar Band & Guards
Unlike many traditional fundraisers, 100% of the proceeds go directly to the 225 members of the Cougar Band & Guard. TDI-Brook’s donation helps fund production, composition, design and props for our marching show, new instruments, meals at games and contests, uniforms and uniform upkeep, transportation, band trailer maintenance, marching band props, clinicians and techs, special guest band instructors and judges, scholarships, and so much more ! A music education helps develop language and reasoning, teaches students to work together as a team, gives them a sense of achievement and helps with their emotional and social development.
college station isd education foundation
Hospice Brazos Valley
Marine Technology Society
The Marine Technology Society promotes awareness, understanding, and the advancement and application of marine technology. The Houston Chapter of MTS holds monthly meetings and 3 fundraisers each year. All proceeds from these events provide annual scholarships to students from local Texas Universities. TDI-Brooks are proud sponsors of these efforts.
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.
Sanibel Sea School
TDI-Brooks was proud to provide a donation to the Sanibel Sea Shcool who assisted the Green Turtle Cay in the Bahammas following the devestation of Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian caused extensive damage in the Bahamas. The Sanibel Sea School partnered with the clothing brand Mang to support the island community of Green Turtle Cay and were able to purchase the supplies needed to begin the rebuilding process. .
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.
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.
Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University has a long and productive history, where the first aeronautical courses were introduced in 1928 to prepare students for careers in modern aviation. This was the beginning of what became the Aeronautical Engineering department, which was established in 1940.
Texas A&M Health science center
We’re creating the next generation of innovators, advocates, caregivers and life-savers. Founded in 1999 to bring together the health professions of Texas A&M, our relatively young, nimble attitude allows us to keep up with a rapidly evolving health care landscape, while not abandoning our land-grant origins. Through cutting-edge medical research, service and education, we’re addressing the health care needs of the 21st century.
texas a&m tiger robotics
AMCHS Tiger Robotics is the robotics club at A&M Consolidated High School. Affectionately known as “robo”, we’re an after school student-led club that’s been competing in the BEST Robotics Competition for over 20 years since our founding in 1996. The primary mission is to introduce students to design, engineering, and marketing, with a focus on product-to-market conversion
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
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
- 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
Private Clients - Oil Companies
- 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
TDI-Brooks International, Inc. has global experience with offshore programs in the following countries:
Papua New Guinea
Trinidad & Tobago
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.
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.
Management and Administrative Staff
- Mr. James Brooks, President/CEO, Cell 979-220-3798
- Dr. Bernie B. Bernard, Vice President/Chief Technology Officer, 979-693-3446
- Mr. Daniel Brooks, Geologist, CPT Specialist, Project Manager, Cell 979-220-3788
- Mrs. Melissa Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing, Cell 713-208-1734
- Mr.Richard Byno, Director of Marine Operations, Cell 979-219-6740
- Mrs. Jayme McBee, Director of Geochemical Services, Cell 713-775-6768
- Mr. Nick Clark, PE, Director of Geotechnical Services/Laboratory Manager, Cell 512-923-7200
- Mr Brandt Broussard, Director of Geophysical Services, Cell 337-581-9503
- Ms. Jennifer Simonson, Director of Quality, Cell 979-446-8903
- Dr. James Howell, HSE Manager
- Ms. Shannon Smith, Vessel Systems Manager/Assistant HSE Manager
- Dr. Thomas J. McDonald, Senior Project Manager
- Dr. Gary Wolff, Data Manager
- Mr. Chris King, Secretary/Director of Information Technology
- Mrs. Gail Mills , Controller
- Mrs. Gina Harp, Assistant Controller
- Mr. Brad Bernard, College Station Office Manager/Project Manager
- Ms. Emily Evans, Administrative Assistant
*Field Staff Also
- Mr. Mike Gaskins, Geochemical / Environmental Laboratory Manager
- Mr. Juan Ramirez, Data Manager
- Mr. Nick Clark, PE, Director of Geotechnical Services / Laboratory Manager *
- Dr. Les Bender, Director of Environmental Services *
- Ms. Donell Frank, Quality Assurance Manager
- Dr. Hillary Agbo, Geochemical/Environmental Laboratory Supervisor *
- Mr. Chase Brewster, Instrument Analyst *
- Ms. Yiwei Miao, Instrument Analyst
- Mr. Mark Garner, Instrumentation Engineer
- Dr. Garrett Slaton, Instrumentation Engineer & Senior Chemist
- Mrs. Amanda Brewster, Laboratory Account Client Manager
- Mr. Jake Wiersig, Sample Custodian
- Mr. Douglas Johnson, Radiation Safety Officer
- Mr. Eduardo Nieto, Laboratory Technician
- Ms. Rosa Esquivel, Laboratory Technician
- Ms. Megan Konarik, Instrument Analyst
- Charlie Emerson, Port Engineer
- Roy Robbins, Port Captain / DPA
- Mr. Daniel Brooks, Geologist, CPT Specialist, Project Manager
- Mr. Michael Kullman, GIS/Geophysical Survey Manager
- Dr. Roger Fay, Compliance Manager
- Mr. Kevin Swart, Geoscientist/Survey Manager
- Mr. Mark Mitcheltree, Vessel Captain
- Mr. Scott Munro, Vessel Captain
- Mr. Brian Hillberry, Vessel Master/Mate
- Mr. Andrew Howard, Field Party Chief
- Mr. Brion Dolan, Field Party Chief
- Mr. Peter Hitchcock, Field Party Chief
- Mr. Cameron Wythe, Field Party Chief
- Mr. James R. Brooks, Vessel Deck Chief
- Mr. Chance Hubbell, Vessel Deck Chief
- Mr. Larry Lane, Vessel Deck Chief
- Mr. Kenneth Craigue, Hydrographic Surveyor
- Mr. Timothy Mattern, Coring/Marine Technician
- Mr. Miles Hopkins, Coring/Marine Technician
- Mr. Forest King, Coring Technician
- Mr. Christian Urqueza de Leon, Laboratory Technician
- Ms. Solis, Diana, Laboratory Technician
- Mr. Kenneth Allen, Navigator
- Mr. Paul Clark, Navigator
- Mrs. Megan Brooks, Field Logistics Coordinator
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 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
- 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
- Models of Natural Gas Origin – A Short History, Dr. Bernie Bernard, Bernard Hedberg Poster
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.
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