Volume 9 Issue 1
May 2014


Texas Spotlight


Our staff increased again last fall with the addition of Dr. Rafael Ramos, who has undertaken a number of challenging projects since he walked in the door – from scientific analyses, to sales, to proposal writing and project management.

Dr. Ramos has a solid education starting with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City, which was followed by an MS in Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M, and finally a Ph.D. in Applied Marine Physics at the University of Miami.

Between his years at universities, Rafael worked nine years for the Mexican Petroleum Institute (Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo or IMP) as a design engineer, project manager and engineering research manager. After obtaining his Ph.D., Rafael pursued post-doctoral studies at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at the University of Miami.

We continue to be quite busy with projects from the oil industry. Our work for the joint industry groups CASE/EJIP and DeepStar continues. Completed work on analysis of the Gulf Eddy Model (GEM) may lead to future improvements to improve model performance. The DeepStar deepwater database is also completed, and potentially may be extended to include shallow water areas.

Installation and maintenance of ADCP systems on new drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico continues to be a major part of our work. While a comprehensive metocean measurement program in the Caspian Sea is coming to completion, a new real-time metocean mooring is being installed offshore Trinidad. A WatchDog real-time deepwater mooring and buoy system also continues to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.
More about the WatchDog system can be obtained here: WatchDog Link

Submitted By:
David Szabo
Texas Manager

Contact Information:
Woods Hole Group – Texas
12705 South Kirkwood Road, Suite 100
Stafford, TX 77477
P: 1-281-565-1240


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