Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, PhotoSat was founded in 1993 to provide “better data for better decisions”. PhotoSat has  invented a new geophysical processing technology to produce the world’s most accurate satellite survey data. 

We specialize in elevation surveying for civil engineering infrastructure projects, tailings storage facility surveying, and the planning and design of resource development projects. We deliver services to clients in the oil, gas and mining industries, to governmental agencies, and to engineering and environmental companies. Our team is comprised of geophysicists, engineers, and associated geoscientists with the expertise and experience to create reliable, time-saving solutions for the operation, planning, and development of resource projects. 

Our expertise in geophysical data processing methods combined with extensive experience enables us to provide satellite surveying with unparalleled accuracy. PhotoSat has delivered thousands of quality engineering satellite surveys which shorten project timelines, eliminate survey delays, improve data reliability, and reduce risk. We produce data with better than 15cm elevation accuracy. 

Our Values

Desire to be the Best

We don’t get stuck in doing things as they’ve always been done. We are continuously advancing; challenging the status quo and questioning the process to see how we can improve. We are forward-thinking and encourage our team members to provide input and trust their instincts. 

I’ve Got Your Back

We are stronger together than we are apart. We foster an atmosphere of camaraderie and support, celebrating each other’s successes and encouraging each other during challenges. We trust in the expertise of our team members. 

Create a Positive Environment

We feel that productivity and positivity go hand in hand. We encourage the sharing of open and respectful feedback, and face challenges together with a solutions-oriented approach.

Always Create Value

We care about the needs of our clients and the development of our team members. In everything we do, we strive to exceed expectations and provide our clients with value, and our employees with growth opportunities.  

Eager to Learn

Technology changes fast, and we are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve. We are always learning; integrating new technology and driving innovation. We embrace challenges as growth opportunities and remain open to new experiences.

Gerry Mitchell, P. Geo

Director and Founder

PhotoSat was founded by Gerry Mitchell, 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.