Profile & expertise

GIM-labs (Geophysical Inversion & Modelling labs) is an independent simplified stock company. GIM-labs is a R&D and services company and proposes bibliography studies, methodological studies or data processing in geophysics to its clients.


Role in the Project

GIM-labs is responsible of offset VSP imaging of 3D geometry of fractures in fractured granites at the Soultz sous forêts demonstration site. GIM-labs will develop and implement the necessary methods to treat geophysical data at the available Vermilion demonstration sites.

Dr Christophe Barnes has more than 20 years of experience in research, research and development, and industry projects management. He has strong technical expertise in data processing, numerical modelling, geophysics and software development. Dual education: High-level generalist engineer and PhD in geophysics. He is currently President and Director of GIM-labs company and half time Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise.

Main professional experiences:

  • 2012 – today : Technical director, president and expert of GIM-labs company: R&D, engineering and expertise in geophysics for oil&gas and geotechnical companies (seismic imaging, monitoring, reservoir characterization, numerical modeling). (see
  • 2000 – 2012 : Consultant-Expert in scientific engineering, in geophysics for oil company and for nuclear waste industry, in HPC computing.
  • 11/2006 – today : Half time Professor at UCP: Teaching in bachelor and master levels in geophysics, geochemistry, thermodynamics, geophysical imaging. Research in geophysical imaging, numerical modeling of seismic wave propagation, anisotropic analysis of samples, inverse problem for mountain orogenesis.
  • 2/2003 – 9/2006 : Technical director of the software service company DATUS, acquired by AlcionGroup company, then technical director of the industry business unit of AlcionGroup (40 engineers).
  • 12/2004 – 9/2006 : Projects direction example of major project: hardware and software project achieved by AlcionGroup for SNCF (French RailWay) 12 engineers, 1.5 million euros, duration 2 years. Acquisition system onboard of a TGV (high velocity train), named Iris320 and dedicated to the measurement at very high velocity (real-time, data acquisition, database, high availability, specific network). (see TGV_IRIS_320).


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