Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Gibbs & Cox Inc. is opening an office in Houston, Texas. It will be led by Todd Carrico, who joins the company from from SBM Offshore.
Gibbs & Cox says its vision for the Houston office is threefold; to add substantial value to the company by generating revenue in non-naval markets, developing and selling new products and/or services to non-traditional clients, and contributing to the successful completion of existing programs.
The timing for opening an office in Houston is fortuitous, it says, with maritime, offshore oil and gas, and naval sectors are becoming increasingly interrelated through the use of new technologies. While Houston has long been associated with the offshore oil and gas industry, in the past decade it has become ever more diverse. This has resulted in what Gibbs & Cox calls “a hot-bed of technology development, open innovation, collaboration possibilities across industries, and incubation of new ideas.”
Gibbs & Cox plans on cultivating these attributes with its expansion into emerging maritime markets. Over the last several months, it has hired a number of staff from the Houston area and expects this trend to continue as it continue to grow with recent contract wins.
Prior to joining Gibbs & Cox as director of the Houston office, Todd Carrico served at SBM Offshore as echnology and business development manager, focusing on early project development for the SBM Offshore Houston Regional Center. Prior to SBM Offshore, Carrico was the Seakeeping Division model experimentation branch head at NSWC Carderock, where he was responsible for complex model test programs, including DDG 1000 and the Orion Recovery test programs.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans.
Carrico is active in the Texas Chapter of SNAME as well as many of the international engineering conferences based in the greater Houston area.
In anticipation of a continued presence in Houston, Gibbs & Cox intends on opening a physical location once the COVID-19 pandemic recovery is underway. In the near term, the G&C office will continue to be virtual, with a growing number of staff working from home in Houston.