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  • November 23, 2020 11:45 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    Have you ever considered joining THSOA Houston Chapter’s committee? This year four seats will be up for election in January for two-year terms:

    • Vice Chair (One year followed by year as Chairperson)
    • Technical Chair
    • Membership/Student Liaison
    • Treasurer

    Please speak to a Houston Chapter Board Member or email HoustonTHSOA@gmail.com for more information.

    Nominations will be announced and voted on during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January.

  • October 14, 2020 2:39 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    Dear THSOA Family,

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague Nick Sitser.

    In the last few days there have been a lot of emails and calls that expressed heartfelt thanks towards Nick, be it from friendship, support or the opportunities he gave people, amazing.

    Grumpy was certainly his cover name, but underneath he was genuine, caring and considerate towards his colleagues.I only hope that people share all their thoughts of Nick on the tribute page as I’m sure that many are unaware of them.

    We offer our sincere and deepest condolences to his lovely family.

    Rest at Peace Nick, you will be missed tremendously.

    Mark Borneman
    On behalf of everyone at the THSOA Houston Chapter Committee

    I first met Nick in 1998, when I transferred from New Orleans to the Racal Survey office in Houston. Nick was working at Racal Survey in Houston as an ex-pat Project Manager, and soon he would take a local contract and move his family to Houston.

    Nick was the epitome of an experienced Survey Project Manager. He knew what needed to be done to deliver on any project requirements. We all truly worked together as a team in those days, and the cast of characters in the team over the Racal days, as we now call them, included in addition to Nick and myself, Steve Williams, Roy Peacock, John Roscoe-Hudson, Phil Garrod, Mike Knight, Mark Michell, Richard Turner, Ian Still, Jerry Sullivan, Kirk Stead and dozens of others.

    One of our main software packages that we used in those days was named GNS. In a play of words, we jokingly called Nick “Grumpy Nick Sitser”. He relished the name and often played to it. Yet, grumpy or not, Nick was easy to work with, and knew he how to work with everyone to get the job done. Everyone liked and respected Nick. There are not many people that you can say that about, but it was certainly true of Nick.

    We worked hard and played hard in those days, often finishing a typically difficult survey business day in Sherlock’s with a pint. I think that more problems, issues, and disputes were resolved in Sherlock’s over those well-deserved pints, then were ever cleared up in the office. We even had a name for those sessions and called them the 5:01 club.

    One of my fondest memories of Nick was at one of our notorious Racal Christmas parties. My wife and I, along with Nick and Diane, and Will Dallimore and his wife, all living near each other, carpooled to the party together. Nick was hilarious all night long. His antics were classic, and Nick really cracked me up that night. Propriety prohibits my going into any detail but suffice it to say that it was the most memorable and enjoyable Christmas parties I have ever attended, in no small part to Nick. He could really be the life of a party.

    His passing is a great loss to our industry, but an even greater loss to his family, friends and those who had the honor and pleasure of working with Nick.

    Steve Browne

    OARS Group and Racal Alumni


    I was at Racal Survey in Houston when Nick (with Diane, Matt and Amy) arrived in Houston to be the Senior Survey Project Manager. Nick’s knowledge and experience of the offshore Oil and Gas construction survey, and project management, was an inspiration and a significant contribution to the success of the company.  Nick had an ability to work with customers, colleagues and field staff that was truly remarkable and very much appreciated by all who knew and worked with him.

    I also worked with Nick when he carried on in his career working at Century Subsea/Geo Century, which became part of DOF Subsea, where he continued to provide so much knowledge, leadership, and professionalism to all who worked with, and for, him.

    Outside of work, Nick was a great person and a friend, not only to me, but to everyone who knew him. I fondly remember the great times my family had with Nick, Diane, Matt and Amy at BBQ and pool party events.  Nick was always tending to the grill and telling great stories and jokes. Diane made sure that Nick was kept busy while she prepared all of the dishes and wonderful cakes that were the highlight of these gatherings.

    I also remember the time getting Nick’s “Yellow Peril” Lotus Elan running smoothly.  What a wonderful car it was, and so easy to work on.  It had old school mechanical points and ignition, and Stromberg carburetors. All that was needed was to use a file and a screwdriver, to work on the engine.

    As we know, Nick had a previous battle with cancer and came through after MD Anderson used a new treatment method that was part of a study.  Nick contributed to the recovery of so many more patients using the same treatment. 

    Nick Sitser we will never forget you. Rest in peace my friend. 

    John Roscoe -Hudson


    Nick may not have known this, but he changed my life. When I met Nick I worked at a job that was unhealthy for me. Nick saw strengths and gave me the opportunity to join an incredible industry and to grow beyond what I ever thought possible.

    Nick was a mentor who encouraged my weaknesses and praised my strengths. Underneath his grumpy exterior was a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed. 

    Michael Miller


    Absolutely gutted. I worked with Nick at Racal when I first arrived in Houston almost 20yrs ago.  Nick hired me into my first $$ paying job at Century in 2004 (where I got to work with Matt too).

    After 4yrs at Veripos Nick hired me back into what is now DOF, which was pivotal in me being able to move here to Colorado.  I can honestly say I would not be here now if it wasn't for Nick.  

    I got to see him in 2017 when I was in Houston and I'm really glad I did.  A legend to me

    Graham Boon


    Nick's Happy Hour

    With observance to social distancing and COVID-19, we will be having a Happy Hour(s) open house in memory of Nick between 2-6pm.

    If you feel comfortable, please stop by or leave your memories here on this site.

    16th October 2020,
    Nick & Diane's House
    10422 Valliant Knight
    Tomball, TX 77375

    In lieu of flowers we would like donations to help with cancer research, please click on the link below:

    Donation Page

  • August 28, 2020 10:00 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The first digital fundraiser of the year has come to a close, and we are happy to say that the Houston Chapter sold 91 tickets for the Labor Day BBQ raffle this year. Thank you all for donating to the Houston Chapter's Scholarship fund and congratulations to those who took home BBQ prize packages.

    The winners of the Labor Day BBQ Giveaway are: Aurora Garza, Gary Sayers, Glen Roddick, Greg Pilgrim, Luis Sanchez, and Rod Long.

    The winners will be contacted today about pickup details on September 4th in Houston. Thank you all for participating and please join our mailing list and follow us on LinkedIn to keep up on the latest chapter news. 

  • August 10, 2020 9:00 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    We know that Houston Summer just is not the same without gathering together at company BBQ's. This year we're bringing the BBQ to you by hosting the 2020 THSOA-HC BBQ Fundraising raffle for the Labor Day Weekend. 
    For just $10 you could walk away with ~$100 of meats for your Labor Day weekend. At the same time, your tax deductible donation will go to our fundraising effort for 2020 student scholarships.

    See all the rules, and buy your tickets on the Houston Chapter event page.

  • August 06, 2020 12:16 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The Houston Chapter web page is in the process of merging into its new location here on the national page. Events will now be scheduled here as well, so please login using the icon in the upper right corner. You can reset your password if needed at that icon as well. 

    The Houston Chapter has a lot of great virtual events planned since we can't gather together in person. These include some great technical talks coming up in August and September. There are also plans for a Labor Day BBQ Giveaway Fundraiser, so stay tuned for more info. 

    Make sure you've added yourself to the Houston Chapter mailing list in the mail settings of your account on this page, and follow the Houston Chapter on LinkedIn.

  • April 06, 2020 12:44 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    Unfortunately our April technical talk on DriX will be postponed until further notice, hopefully some time during the summer. The Committee thanks everyone for attending our events, and we hope to see you all very soon when we can all congregate in Houston again.

  • April 06, 2020 12:38 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, OTC 2020 has been permanently cancelled. In addition to this event, the 5th Annual OTC Crawfish Boil has been cancelled as well. We are already starting to plan for next year so wash your hands, and stay healthy. We will let you know more about next year's OTC Crawfish boil as soon as we know more. 

  • January 25, 2018 12:12 PM | Deleted user

    Please join the Houston Chapter of THSOA for their annual Chili Cook-off taking place on Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at The Bull & Bear Tavern and Eatery.

    Click here for more information: https://houston.thsoa.org/event-2760927

  • October 12, 2017 8:02 PM | Deleted user

    Dear THSOA Family,

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague Brian Edwards. 

     “I first met Brian when he was running operations for Maridan, a Danish AUV company. It was impressive to watch him take charge over there and no doubt a legacy of his exemplary career in mine countermeasures in the South African Navy and later managing the De Beers vessels and operations. Some years later it was obvious to us both we wanted to work together and eventually, Brian and his family moved to Texas and became citizens where he joined the team at Harvey-Lynch. Brian was one of these people who could be conducting 12 evolutions simultaneously and not miss a beat between any of them. He was also a master of working around practical solutions. This is a man that will be sadly missed and leaves a huge gap in our industry.” - Phil Howells, Oceanscan 

    “Brian Edwards joined the DOF Subsea team in 2011 as Technical Manager. He came to DOF with an already exceptional and established track record in innovation and integration of survey software systems, and in the following 6 years he was the driving force of technical developments and refinements of many of the technologies utilized in DOF’s survey and positioning group.  Brian made an equally significant contribution to the support of our subsea operations and engineering groups to which he regularly provided specialist expertise and support.  In recent years Brian excelled in the additional role of Asset Manager due to his keen attention to detail, commitment to excellence for every project, and unparalleled customer service.  Suffice it to say that there was not a single area of our business to which Brian did not bring his considerable talent and enthusiasm. Brian was an innovator, a highly efficient problem solver, and a greatly valued and loyal member of the DOF team who played a crucial role in the growth, development and success of DOF’s business. His passing is a great loss to both DOF Subsea and the industry as a whole, and he will be very much missed by his colleagues and peers.” - Sarah Dwerryhouse, DOF Subsea 

    Brian is survived by his wife Charmaine, daughter Claire and sons Mathew and Connor. Memorial service for Brian will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2:00pm at the address below. Brian’s children have requested that anyone attending the service to wear “red” to express the love for their father.

    The Bridge Fellowship

    802 Brooks Street

    Sugar Land, Texas 77478



    In lieu of flowers, Brian’s daughter Claire has created a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-edwards-family.  Anyone interested in sending food to Charmaine and Connor can do so here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/r3yonv

    Brian was such a kind, warm and funny person to be around. He was a good friend and a great colleague to many. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.

    Rest at Peace Brian, you will be missed tremendously.


    Melissa Wood

    On behalf of everyone at the THSOA Committee

  • September 01, 2017 11:13 AM | Deleted user

    Scholarships for a Multibeam Training in Spanish to be conducted in Lima, Perú – Oct Nov 2017

    The Latin American Chapter of THSOA wants to let you know that on Friday September 8th 2017, we will be closing the invitation to participate on 5 Scholarships for the Multibeam training to be conducted in Lima, Peru from October 30th to November 3rd, 2017. If you want to participate, you still have a change, please send a message to carlos.tejada@xyleminc.com to request the form that you need to fill out in order to participate. Remember the 5 Scholarships cover everything but the air tickets to Lima, Peru. Also remember that the training is for the Spanish Speaking THSOA members.

    We will be announcing the winners on Friday September 15th, 2017, their names will be published on this web page.

    Please pass this info to anyone interested in participating, you only need to be a member of THSOA to participate.


    Chair of the Latin American Chapter.

    Carlos E. Tejada

    Coordinador Tecnico y Ventas Latinoamerica

    HYPACK a Xylem brand

    Skype: carlos.e.tejada

    O: +571 8062800 M: +57. 310 295 8701


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