Satinder Chopra received M.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees in physics from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India. He joined the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) of India in 1984 and served there till 1997. In 1998 he joined CTC Pulsonic at Calgary, which later became Scott Pickford and Core Laboratories Reservoir Technologies. In November 2004 he joined Arcis Seismic Solutions, Calgary, which in turn was bought by TGS in 2012. Currently, Satinder works at TGS, Calgary as Chief Geophysicist (Reservoir).
In the last 34 years Satinder has worked in regular seismic processing and interactive interpretation, but has spent more time in special processing of seismic data involving seismic attributes including coherence, curvature and texture attributes, seismic inversion, AVO, VSP processing and frequency enhancement of seismic data. His research interests focus on techniques that are aimed at characterization of reservoirs. He has published 8 books and more than 400 papers and abstracts and likes to make presentations at any beckoning opportunity. He has been the CSEG Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011, the AAPG/SEG Fall Distinguished Lecturer for 2011-2012, and the EAGE e-Distinguished Lecturer for 2014-15. He is the Past Chief Editor of the CSEG RECORDER, the past member of the SEG ‘The Leading Edge’ Editorial Board, and the Ex-Chairman of the SEG Publications Committee. At present, he is the editor of the AAPG Explorer Geophysical Corner, is on the editorial board of the SEG journal ‘Geophysics’, and is the co-editor of the ‘Canadian Journal of Exploration Geophysics’.
He is the recipient of several awards at ONGC, CSEG, SEG, AAPG and APEGA and more recently received the 2019 AAPG Distinguished Service Award, the 2017 EAGE Honorary Membership Award, was the Honoree at the 2017 CSEG Symposium, received the 2016 APEGA Fellow of Engineers Canada Award, has received the ‘SEG Best Poster’ Award for his paper entitled ‘Churning seismic attributes with principal component analysis’, presented at the 2014 SEG Convention held at Denver, the 2014 CSEG Honourary Membership Award, the APEGA ‘Fellow Geoscientists Canada’ and the ‘2013 Frank Spragins Technical Award’, the ‘2013 AAPG Jules Braunstein Award’ for the Best Poster Presentation at the Annual Convention, the 2012 GeoConvention Best Poster Award (as co-author) for the poster entitled ‘Determination of Elastic Constants using Extended Elastic Impedance’, the AAPG George C. Matson Award for the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ for his paper entitled ‘Delineating stratigraphic features via cross-plotting of seismic discontinuity attributes and their volume visualization’, presented at the 2010 AAPG Annual Convention held at New Orleans, the ‘Top 10 Paper’ Award for his poster entitled ‘Extracting meaningful information from seismic attributes’, presented at the 2009 AAPG Annual Convention held at Denver, the ‘Best Poster’ Award for his paper entitled ‘Seismic attributes for fault/fracture characterization’, presented at the 2008 SEG Convention held at Las Vegas, the ‘Best Paper’ Award for his paper entitled ‘Curvature and iconic Coherence-Attributes adding value to 3D Seismic Data Interpretation’ presented at the CSEG Technical Luncheon, Calgary, in January 2007 and the 2005 CSEG Meritorious Services Award. He and his colleagues have received the CSEG Best Poster Awards in successive years from 2002 to 2005. In addition to all the above accolades, Satinder’s presentations at the SEG have been adjudged to be in the Top30 of all the presentations made at the Convention in 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2017.
He is a member of SEG, CSEG, CSPG, CHOA (Canadian Heavy Oil Association), EAGE, AAPG, and APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta). He is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geophysicist, and an APEGA Professional Geophysicist.