• Sept 1978 - June 1979 Research Engineer at the Centre d'Informatique Géologique
  • July 1979 - Jan 1982 Research Engineer at the Centre de Géostatistique.
  • Feb 1982 - Feb 1983 Engineer in charge of Computing, at Geomath - Denver (Colorado) (National Service).
  • Since March 1983 Research Engineer at the Centre de Géostatistique.
  • Since 1993 Engineer in charge of the Computing Group in the Geostatistics Team of the Centre de Géosciences.


After completing my engineering studies at the Ecole des Mines, I wanted to go into research. The year spent in the Centre d'Informatique Géologique de l'Ecole des Mines de Paris, gave me the opportunity to learn more about hydrogeology while at the same time, giving me the responsibility for developing an industrial version of BLUEPACK, the first geostatistical software specifically designed for the oil industry (in fact it was developed for Shell).

This experience encouraged me to pursue a research career in geostatistical computing, but from then on, as a BLUEPACK specialist in the Centre de Géostatistique de l'Ecole des Mines de Paris. My job was to continue its development and to interface with clients. I continued this work during my military service at Geomath, a joint venture that the Ecole des Mines had opened in Denver Colorado in collaboration with the French Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières.

After completing my military service I returned to the Centre de Géostatistique where I have been actively involved in the development of both the algorithms and the computer code for successive versions of the Centre's geostatistical software:

  • MAGMA which was the first general purpose geostatistical software developed by the Centre.
  • ISATIS which since its inception 5 years ago has become the benchmark for scientific software in the geostatistical domain. In 1995 its commercialisation was transferred to Geovariances, a company that is specialised in this field.
  • ISATOIL which was designed to calculate hydrocarbon volumes in places and was developed within the framework of a oil industry contract.

Over the past 20 years I have also carried out many research contracts for companies and governmental agencies (Agip, Total, Statoil, Charbonnages de France, Ifremer) and have been active in teaching, particularly short courses for industry, and in directing theses.


Renard D., Fouquet C. de. 2007. Characterization of pesticide concentrations in the “Craie du Nord” aquifer system. In : L. Chery et G. de Marsily (eds.), Aquifer systems management: Darcy’s legacy in a world of impending water shortage, 2007, p. 514-526.

Bleines C., Deraisme J., Geffroy F., Jeannée N., Perseval S., Rambert F., Renard D., Torres O., Touffait Y. 2006. ISATIS 6.0 : beginner’s guide. Avon : Géovariances, 2006. 213 p.

Bleines C., Deraisme J., Geffroy F., Jeannée N., Perseval S., Rambert F., Renard D., Torres O., Touffait Y. 2006. ISATIS 6.0 : case studies. Avon : Géovariances, 2006. 497 p.

Fouquet C. de, Renard D. 2005. Caractérisation de la contamination des eaux souterraines par les pesticides : l’exemple de la nappe de la Craie du Nord. In : L’eau souterraine et les produits phytosanitaires : douzièmes journées techniques du Comité Français de l’Association Internationale des Hydrogéologues, BRGM, Orléans, 24-25 novembre 2005. p. 61-68.

Bleines C., Deraisme J., Geffroy F., Jeannée N., Perseval S., Renard D. et al. 2004.  ISATIS : Isatis software manual. 5th ed. Avon : Géovariances, 2004. 709 p.

Renard D., Deraisme J. 2000. Assessing uncertainties in a faulted multi-layer system. In : AAPG Hedberg symposium, « Applied reservoir characterization using geostatistics : the value of using spacial modeling », Dec. 3-6, 2000, The Woodlands, Texas. 6 p.

Renard D., 1998. Multi-layer geological modeling. ENSMP. Centre de Géostatistique. 24p.

Renard D., (ed.). 1998. Compte rendu des journées de géostatistique, 25-26 mai 1998. Fontainebleau. Cahier de Géostatistique 6, Paris : ENSMP, 1998, 149p. ISSN 1168-2574.

Ruffo P., Renard D., Bazzana L. 1995. Estimation de cartes de profondeur conditionnées par des inégalités. Cahiers de Géostatistique 5, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 23-43

Renard D., Ruffo P. 1993. Depth, dip and gradient. In : SOARES A. (ed.), Geostatistics Tróia ’92, Dordrecht : Kluwer, 1993, vol. 1, 167-178.

Armstrong M., Renard D., Rivoirard J., Petitgas P., 1992. Geostatistics for fish survey data. Cours, Centre de Géostatistique, Ecole des Mines de Paris. 89p.

Jeulin D., Renard D. 1992. Practical limits of the deconvolution of images by kriging. Microsc. Microanal. Microstruct., 3, 1992, pp 333-361.

Conan V., Jeulin D., Renard D., et al. 1992. Geostatistical and morphological methods applied to three-dimensional microscopy. J. Microsc. 166, Pt 2, 169-184

Jeulin D., Renard D. 1991. Practical limits of the deconvolution of images by kriging. Cahiers de géostatistique 1, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 1991, pp 173-203.

Conan V., Howard C.V., Jeulin D., Renard D. 1990. Improvements of 3D confocal microscope images by geostatistical filters. In Transactions of the Royal Microscopical Society, News Series Volume 1 : MICRO 90, 1990, pp 281-284.

Renard D. 1990. Bluepack-3D and its use in the petroleum industry. In : Proc. Fifth SPE Computer Conference, Denver, Col., June 25-28, 1990, pp 197-204. (SPE 20352).

Renard D. 1989. Automatic structure recognition. In : M. ARMSTRONG (ed.), Geostatistics, Dordrecht : Kluwer, 1989, vol. 2, pp 579-590.

Armstrong M., Renard D., Berthou P. 1989. Applying geostatistics to the estimation of the population of bivalves. In 77ème Réunion statutaire du Comité International pour l'Exploration de la Mer, den Haag, Oct. 1989. 23p

Renard D., Nai-Hsien M. 1988. Utilisation des dérives externes multiples. Sciences de la Terre, n° 28, 1988, pp 281-301.

Renard D. 1985. MAGMA : A structure of files fitted on geostatistics applications. In : P.S. Glaeser (ed.), The role of data in scientific progress, CODATA 1985. North Holland : Elsevier, pp 421-424.

Touffait Y., Renard D., Geffroy F. 1984. MAGMA: Une structure de fichiers adaptée aux applications géostatistiques. Sciences de la Terre, n° 20, Nov. 1984, pp 549-566.

Renard D., Yancey J. 1984. Smoothing discontinuities when «extrapolating» using moving neighbourhood. In : G. VERLY et al. (eds.), Geostatistics for natural resources characterization, Dordrecht: Reidel, 1984, Part 2, pp 679-690.