Xavier Freulon

Xavier Freulon,
New head of Geostatistics Team!


Xavier Freulon, who arrived in last September, has taken the head of the team on 1 February 2019. The team, which comprises a dozen of researchers, as well PhD and other students, is one of the 6 teams of the Geosciences Research Department of MINES ParisTech located in Fontainebleau, France.

After a pioneer PhD work on geostatistical simulations in 1992, Xavier Freulon has developed an extended experience in the application of geostatistics in industrial context. In particular he spent 10 years in the oil industry with Total, and as much time in the mining industry with Areva (Orano).

Xavier Freulon succeeds Jacques Rivoirard, known for his contributions in linear and non-linear geostatistics, who will continue his research activity in his favorite domains (mining, fisheries, reservoir modeling, in particular Flumy). Xavier Freulon and Jacques Rivoirard have developed a durable collaboration in the estimation and classification of mineral resources.

Xavier Freulon is invested a lot in the activities of the team, notably in the development of the Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (SPDE) in geostatistics, and has taken over the teaching of non-linear geostatistics in the CFSG (Cycle de Formation Spécialisé en Géostatistique, who has trained geologists and engineers from all over the world for 40 years).


Professionnal experience


After a  training as an engineer at Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1983, Xavier Freulon  presented a thesis on geostatistical simulations in 1992 at the Centre de Géostatistique of the Ecoles de Mines de Paris. Subsequently Xavier worked for more than 25 years in the private sector in the field of natural resources. After working for two years in London on a statistical tool for history matching at a software publisher (SSI) for the Oil and gas industry, in 1996 Xavier worked for two years at the Hydrographic Service of the French Navy in Brest for the implementation of geostatistical methods on bathymetric data. Then, he joined Total in Paris where he worked until 2008, first as geostatistician in reservoir geology and then as a reservoir engineer. From 2008 to 2018 Xavier worked for Areva / Orano in Paris for the evaluation of mining resources (uranium and gold). At the beginning of September 2018 Xavier  joined the Geosciences Research Department of MINES ParisTech as a teacher researcher in the team Geostatistics. Currently his work aims to improve the integration of geoscience results into geostatistical models and thus make them more accessible to practitioners.