About PhotoSat

satellite survey

Vancouver-based PhotoSat, founded in 1993, has invented a new technology to produce highly accurate satellite survey data.

We specialize in elevation surveying for civil engineering infrastructure projects and the planning and design of resource development projects. Our clients are oil and gasmining, oil sands, engineering, and environmental companies and government agencies.

Our expertise in geophysical data processing methods combined with extensive experience has resulted in the world’s most accurate satellite surveying. We have delivered over 1000 surveying projects, and produce data with better than 20cm elevation accuracy.

PhotoSat’s goal is to provide engineering quality satellite surveys that shorten project timelines and eliminate survey delays.

Our team is comprised of geophysicists, engineers, and associated geoscientists with the expertise and experience to create time-saving solutions for the operation, planning and development of resource projects.

Gerry Mitchell, P. Geo
President and Founder


PhotoSat is led by the company founder, Gerry Mitchell. Gerry is a Registered Professional Geophysicist of the Province of Alberta and a registered Professional Geoscientist of the Province of British Columbia. Gerry has worked at the senior technical level in both mining and hydrocarbon exploration. He was BP Canada’s Senior Mining Geophysicist for Canada in the early 1980’s, and BP’s Senior Seismic Specialist for West Canada Basin Oil and Gas Exploration in the late 1980’s. In the early 90’s Gerry worked as a Remote Sensing Specialist for Frontier and International Oil and Gas Exploration in BP’s head offices in London, England. Gerry moved to Vancouver and founded PhotoSat in 1993.