Technical Leadership Team

Satinder Chopra, PGeoph, MSc, MPhil Physics
Chief Geophysicist Reservoir

Satinder has over 32 years of experience in the seismic industry. Apart from the regular processing and interactive interpretation of seismic data that he has done in many geographic areas, Satinder specializes in AVO, inversion, VSP, coherence and rock physics studies.

He has been the 2010/11 CSEG Distinguished Lecturer, the 2011/12 AAPG/SEG Distinguished Lecturer and the 2014/15 EAGE e-Distinguished Lecturer, and has won many awards.

Satinder is responsible for developing TGS’ reservoir services business strategy, identifying software and technology opportunities, presenting technical papers, delivering products, and fostering client relationships.

Work Experience

2010 – Present Chief Geophysicist Reservoir, Arcis
2004 – 2010 Manager, Reservoir Services, Arcis
2002 – 2004 Manager, Special Projects, Core Labs Reservoir Technologies Division
2000 – 2001 Manager, Special Projects, Scott Pickford
1998 – 2000 Senior Geophysicist, Scott Pickford
1994 – 1997 Deputy Superintending Geophysicist, ONGC, India
1992 – 1994 Senior Geophysicist, ONGC, India
1984 – 1992 Geophysicist, ONGC, India


SEG – Society of Exploration Geophysicists
CSEG – Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
EAGE – European Association of Geophysical Exploration
AAPG – American Association of Petroleum Geologists
APEGA – Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta
CSPG – Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists

Josef Heim, P. Geoph; BSc Geophysics
Chief Geophysicist Marine

Josef has over 24 years of experience in applied geophysics. He has extensive experience in data processing of land and marine data, time and depth imaging, conditioning for AVO analysis and inversion.

He has provided technical leadership and expertise for data processing and integrated projects; interacting with R&D, implement new technology, and advising processing groups. He has experience working in Europe, Africa, Latin America and North America.

Work Experience

2015 – Present Chief Geophysicist Marine, Arcis Seismic Solutions
2015 – 2015 Senior Advising Geophysicist, Arcis Seismic Solutions
2008 – 2014 Senior Area Geophysicist, WesternGeco
2006 – 2008 Area Geophysicist, WesternGeco

1999 – 2006 Senior Geophysicist, WestGeco
1999 – 1999 Senior Processing Geophysicist, WesternGeco (Geco-Prakla), Houston
1998 – 1999 Processing Geophysicist, Team Lead, WesternGeco (Geco-Prakla), Caracas
1995 – 1998 Project Manager, Owner, Tricon Geophysik und Systemtechnik, Munich

1992 – 1995 Project Manager Geophysics, Harress Pickel Consult, Munich


CSEG – Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
SEG – Society of Exploration Geophysicists
APEGA – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta


Mike Perz, MSc Geophysics
Director, Technology & Innovation (MC-Land)

Mike oversees the development and technical marketing of TGS’ proprietary geophysical software. In addition he serves as the technical lead on complex production processing projects. Mike has over 20 years of industry experience covering a wide range of duties including research & development, programming, production troubleshooting and management.  Mike enjoys leveraging and combining diverse technologies in order to address various imaging challenges.

Work Experience

2017 – present Director, Technology & Innovation (MC_Land)
2013 – 2017 Manager, Technology, Arcis Seismic Solutions, A TGS Company
2010 – 2013 VP, Technology and Integration, Arcis Seismic Solutions
2004 – 2010 Manager, Research & Development, Divestco Inc (Geo-X Systems Ltd)
1997 – 2004 Geophysical Applications Programmer, Divestco Inc (Geo-X Systems Ltd)
1993 – 1997 Geophysical Applications Programmer, Pulsonic Geophysical


SEG – Society of Exploration Geophysicists
CSEG – Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
EAGE – European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
APEGGA – Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta