Workforce

Dr. Michel Garcia

Dr. Michel Garcia. He received his engineering degree and his Ph.D. in Mining and Petroleum Engineering, both from MINES ParisTech (formerly Ecole des Mines de Paris), France. He has worked with the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting on geostatistics and upscaling methods. He is a cofounder and the managing director of KIDOVA. With more than 20 years of experience, his activities include research, software design and development, consulting and teaching in the fields of geostatistics, automatic mesh generation and optimization, upscaling, flow and transport simulation in porous and fractured media, naturally fractured reservoir modeling, and structural and geological modeling for petroleum, environmental, geothermal and nuclear waste management applications.

Valérie Garcia

Valérie Garcia received a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University Paris XIII. She got a first experience as a high-school teacher in mathematics. Since May 2000, she works with KIDOVA where she is in charge of software design and development, and manages workflow and user-interface developments. She is also involved in data and statistical analyses.

Jean-Baptiste Mathieu

Jean-Baptiste Mathieu received his engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie of Nancy where he specialized in geomodeling and software development. After an experience of one year in an environmental engineering company, he joined KIDOVA in September 2008 to take in charge or contribute to scientific software developments, consulting and teaching in the environmental, petroleum, geothermal and geological repository fields with a broad expertise in geostatistics and in reservoir modeling and simulation. In connection with the GEOTREF project, he is also conducting a PhD at the University of Strasbourg (Prof. Philippe Ackerer) on the formulation and solutions of inverse problems dedicated to geothermal and fractured reservoir modeling.

Deborah Siffert

Deborah Siffert received her engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie of Nancy with a specialization in reservoir engineering. After a five-month internship as software engineer with Schlumberger Information Solutions, at the Schlumberger Abingdon Technology Center (UK), where she worked on upscaling and grid effects in compositional simulation using Petrel, Eclipse and Intersect, she joined KIDOVA in December 2011 as reservoir and geological modeling engineer primarily dedicated to the geothermal energy field.

Jacques Espitalier

Jacques Espitalier received his engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie of Nancy with a specialization in natural resources evaluation, which was completed later by a specialization in numerical geology. After several experiences in France and abroad as resource evaluation engineer with Seisquare (oil & gas), Hydrosciences Montpellier (groundwater) and Geovariances (mining, oil & gas...), Jacques joined KIDOVA in June 2015 as software and geological modeling engineer with a strong expertise in geostatistics to work on geothermal, environmental, petroleum and geological repository projects.

Sophie Audonneau

Sophie Audonneau received her engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie of Nancy where she specialized in geomodeling and software development. After internships at Paradigm, where she worked on geological modeling using GOCAD-SKUA software, and at TOTAL, where she was involved in software developments in the geomodeling department (Sismage team), she joined KIDOVA in October 2015 as geosciences software developer and geological modeling engineer to work primarily on fractured reservoir characterization and modeling in the petroleum and geothermal fields.

Christian Trocmé

Christian Trocmé received a computer graphics designer degree and a local and mobile web application designer degree, both from INFA training institute (Institut National de Formation et d’Application, Nogent-sur-Marne, France). He has acquired extensive experience in the areas of defense (Aérospatiale), electronics (Thomson) and telecoms (Nortel). He has been responsible for creating illustrations in technical documentations and animations in courseware. He has contributed to the standardization of customer documentations and the application of design standards to GSM, UMTS and LTE technologies. He has also developed graphic style guidelines for Moodle platforms (e-learning) and made training videos (Alten) on behalf of Val’EISTI company. He joined KIDOVA in November 2012 to design and create multimedia materials (online documentation, users’ guide, …), related to software developments, and to contribute to local and mobile web application design and development.

External consultants

Dr. Jaime Gómez Hernández

Dr. Jaime Gómez Hernández received a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Tecnical University of Valencia, Spain, and later a M.Sc. in Applied Hydrogeology and a Ph.D. in Geostatistics, both from Stanford University. He has worked with the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting and has been a consultant in geostatistics for major oil companies and for virtually all nuclear waste management agencies in the world. He is currently a full professor at the Technical University of Valencia working on geostatistics and groundwater model predictions. As a cofounder of KIDOVA, he is involved as a consultant in research and development projects.

Dr. Alain Rabaute

Dr. Alain Rabaute is the founder and managing director of Geosubsight, a company which offers a broad range of geological and geophysical services from dedicated mapping and cartography to formation evaluation and reservoir appraisal. He received a Ph.D. in rock physical and chemical property characterization from the Université de Montpellier. He is partly based at KIDOVA’s offices where he contributes to consulting and scientific software developments in oil & gas, nuclear waste and environmental projects.

Dr. Hélène Demougeot-Renard

Dr. Hélène Demougeot-Renard received her engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie of Nancy, and her Ph.D. in Natural Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zürich. She has a long experience in the diagnosis and remediation of landfill and industrial contaminated sites. Her Ph.D. thesis was dedicated to the applicability of geostatistics to contaminated sites, to manage the uncertainty in risk assessment and remediation plans. After six years as an associate consultant at KIDOVA, where she was in charge of projects on the application of geostatistics to environmental problems, she now works part-time for a Swiss environmental agency. As an independent consultant, she maintains links with KIDOVA for collaborations on environmental projects.