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The Company

OptiSeis Solutions Ltd. was founded in 2011 in response to a rapidly changing seismic exploration landscape. Field equipment was getting smaller, data was getting bigger, processing was getting faster, and advanced reservoir characterization was quickly becoming a competitive advantage.

OptiSeis answered with high-quality, integrated customer service that provided trusted, data-driven designs for high-resolution seismic images. Clients embraced the OptiSeis advantage, due to the care and attention their programs received, especially around increasing infrastructure constraints. Clients continue to return to OptiSeis for the target focused results, and cost-effective technology driven answers they trust.

Eleven years on, OptiSeis’ suite of services continues to expand as we push geophysical boundaries in local markets and abroad.

The People

Geophysical Expertise

Andrea Crook, P.Geoph.

CEO
Andrea is CEO of OptiSeis Solutions Ltd., a company she founded in 2011. Andrea’s extensive geophysical experience in seismic processing and geophysical operations was established at Shell Canada and Boyd PetroSearch/RPS. At OptiSeis, she has built a team of geotechnical experts and oversees geophysical research, seismic acquisition design services, processing QC services, interpretation services, software development, and sales. Andrea is the project lead for the EcoSeis development project, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of acquiring seismic data. In addition to her work at OptiSeis, she is an instructor for the SEG and the CSEG Doodletrain, and an active contributor in the field of geophysics with numerous papers, presentations, and the recipient of the 2019 CSEG Technical Achievement Award.

Cameron Crook

Owner
Cameron is an Advisor for OptiSeis, which he co-founded with Andrea in 2011. With over 40 years of experience in seismic acquisition, research, processing, interpretation, project management, and business development both within Canada and internationally, Cameron brings a unique and valuable perspective to all OptiSeis projects. His previous experience includes: Manager of Geophysical Operations at Shell Canada, Senior Geophysicist at Woodside Petroleum, Research Geophysicist at the Shell Research Center in The Netherlands, Contract Processing for BP, and Consultant on various land and marine seismic acquisition projects around the world.

Mostafa Naghizadeh, PH.D., P.GEO.

Senior Research Geophysicist
Mostafa is the Senior Research Geophysicist at OptiSeis where he is developing creative new ways to process uniquely designed seismic surveys by considering the subsurface imaging requirements as well as minimizing the environmental footprints. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Ph.D. in Geophysics, specializing in complex seismic interpolation algorithms with spatial aliasing removed. Mostafa built upon his Ph.D research while working as a postdoc researcher in CREWES and SAIG and later put his research to work as a Processing Geophysicist at Shell Canada. He then went on to share his passion for geophysics at Laurentian University as Assistant Professor, where he taught Exploration Seismology as part of the Metal Earth project until 2021. Mostafa is the proud recipient of the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the SEG in 2011.

Peter Vermeulen, P.Geo.

Senior Geophysicist & Project Manager
Peter is a Senior Geophysicist and Project Manager at OptiSeis, and graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Geophysics. Peter’s early geophysical accomplishments include an international processing assignment in Ecuador and the creation of commercial depth imaging workflows while working for Veritas. Peter went on to build a suite of interpretation skills at Suncor, achieving success exploring for Deep Basin gas before moving into a thermal oil asset team. Peter expanded his depth of experience managing the design, acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic for PetroChina’s new and existing SAGD development projects. Recently, Peter has championed and field tested several new geophysical acquisition technologies while contracting at Suncor and is excited to be a key contributor in the development of EcoSeis.

Stephanie Ross

Seismic Processing QC Specialist
Stephanie is the Seismic Processing QC Specialist at OptiSeis where she works on acquisition test evaluations and processing QC. She began her processing career at Gulf Canada Resources, in the days of mainframe computers and 80 column card input. Over the years she worked at Western Geophysical, Geco-Prakla, CGG, Arcis and Edge Technologies. She has processed land data from all over the world, with a specialization in high-resolution processing, primarily in the WCSB, as well as front-end processing and refraction. Over Stephanie’s career, she has designed and implemented many successful processing flows and trained many junior processors in the fine art of seismic processing. In 2019, Stephanie wrote and presented a hands-on processing course designed for interpreters. Stephanie also co-wrote and co-presented ‘So, You’re Acquiring a Seismic Survey and Having it Processed - What Questions Should You Be Asking?’ for Doodletrain2020.

Alyson Birce

Product Manager
As the Product Manager at OptiSeis, Alyson consolidates her geophysics, GIS and computer science background to develop innovative solutions for seismic acquisition. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a BSc. specializing in Geophysics, followed by Applied Degree in GIS from SAIT and is currently working towards a BSc. in Computer Science and Information Systems. During her GIS degree at SAIT, Alyson developed web applications focused on improving coordination effects in large scale emergencies. Alyson worked with Explor to design a least cost path algorithm to improve the efficiency of vibrioses trucks on the field during surveying. She built on her knowledge on remote sensing, data management and programming while working for Farmer’s Edge Inc. Her role involved processing, organizing and utilizing data from CanPlugs within tractors. She led the development of the Carbon and Nitrogen Emissions project aimed at reducing the environment impact of farming.

The People

Geophysical Expertise

Andrea Crook, P.Geoph.

CEO
Andrea is CEO of OptiSeis Solutions Ltd., a company she founded in 2011. Andrea’s extensive geophysical experience in seismic processing and geophysical operations was established at Shell Canada and Boyd PetroSearch/RPS. At OptiSeis, she has built a team of geotechnical experts and oversees geophysical research, seismic acquisition design services, processing QC services, interpretation services, software development, and sales. Andrea is the project lead for the EcoSeis development project, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of acquiring seismic data. In addition to her work at OptiSeis, she is an instructor for the SEG and the CSEG Doodletrain, and an active contributor in the field of geophysics with numerous papers, presentations, and the recipient of the 2019 CSEG Technical Achievement Award.

Cameron Crook

Owner
Cameron is an Advisor for OptiSeis, which he co-founded with Andrea in 2011. With over 40 years of experience in seismic acquisition, research, processing, interpretation, project management, and business development both within Canada and internationally, Cameron brings a unique and valuable perspective to all OptiSeis projects. His previous experience includes: Manager of Geophysical Operations at Shell Canada, Senior Geophysicist at Woodside Petroleum, Research Geophysicist at the Shell Research Center in The Netherlands, Contract Processing for BP, and Consultant on various land and marine seismic acquisition projects around the world.

Mostafa Naghizadeh, PH.D., P.GEO.

Senior Research Geophysicist
Mostafa is the Senior Research Geophysicist at OptiSeis where he is developing creative new ways to process uniquely designed seismic surveys by considering the subsurface imaging requirements as well as minimizing the environmental footprints. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Ph.D. in Geophysics, specializing in complex seismic interpolation algorithms with spatial aliasing removed. Mostafa built upon his Ph.D research while working as a postdoc researcher in CREWES and SAIG and later put his research to work as a Processing Geophysicist at Shell Canada. He then went on to share his passion for geophysics at Laurentian University as Assistant Professor, where he taught Exploration Seismology as part of the Metal Earth project until 2021. Mostafa is the proud recipient of the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the SEG in 2011.

Peter Vermeulen, P.Geo.

Senior Geophysicist & Project Manager
Peter is a Senior Geophysicist and Project Manager at OptiSeis, and graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Geophysics. Peter’s early geophysical accomplishments include an international processing assignment in Ecuador and the creation of commercial depth imaging workflows while working for Veritas. Peter went on to build a suite of interpretation skills at Suncor, achieving success exploring for Deep Basin gas before moving into a thermal oil asset team. Peter expanded his depth of experience managing the design, acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic for PetroChina’s new and existing SAGD development projects. Recently, Peter has championed and field tested several new geophysical acquisition technologies while contracting at Suncor and is excited to be a key contributor in the development of EcoSeis.

Stephanie Ross

Seismic Processing QC Specialist
Stephanie is the Seismic Processing QC Specialist at OptiSeis where she works on acquisition test evaluations and processing QC. She began her processing career at Gulf Canada Resources, in the days of mainframe computers and 80 column card input. Over the years she worked at Western Geophysical, Geco-Prakla, CGG, Arcis and Edge Technologies. She has processed land data from all over the world, with a specialization in high-resolution processing, primarily in the WCSB, as well as front-end processing and refraction. Over Stephanie’s career, she has designed and implemented many successful processing flows and trained many junior processors in the fine art of seismic processing. In 2019, Stephanie wrote and presented a hands-on processing course designed for interpreters. Stephanie also co-wrote and co-presented ‘So, You’re Acquiring a Seismic Survey and Having it Processed - What Questions Should You Be Asking?’ for Doodletrain2020.

Alyson Birce

Product Manager
As the Product Manager at OptiSeis, Alyson consolidates her geophysics, GIS and computer science background to develop innovative solutions for seismic acquisition. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a BSc. specializing in Geophysics, followed by Applied Degree in GIS from SAIT and is currently working towards a BSc. in Computer Science and Information Systems. During her GIS degree at SAIT, Alyson developed web applications focused on improving coordination effects in large scale emergencies. Alyson worked with Explor to design a least cost path algorithm to improve the efficiency of vibrioses trucks on the field during surveying. She built on her knowledge on remote sensing, data management and programming while working for Farmer’s Edge Inc. Her role involved processing, organizing and utilizing data from CanPlugs within tractors. She led the development of the Carbon and Nitrogen Emissions project aimed at reducing the environment impact of farming.

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