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Frederic Auger to lead the Geomatics Committee

IOGP’s Geomatics Committee has elected Frederic Auger of Total as Chair. He succeeds Walter Jardine of BP, who is now serving as a vice-chair.

Frederic’s new role complements his full-time position as Total’s chief surveyor, based in Pau, France. In this capacity, he puts his expertise to work in positioning, topography and geodesy. “I’m involved in all seismic, drilling and work on projects and construction operations for E&P. It’s also my responsibility to validate the geomatic parameters to be used for all Total’s upstream areas of interest,” he says. He is also a member
of the commission GEOPOS from CNIG (Conseil National de l’Information Geographique, Ministère de l’Industrie, France).

IOGP MC Chair Fawaz Bitar (right), thanks Walter Jardine now the Committee’s vice-chair.

Having obtained a MSc in Topography & Geodesy at ENSAIS (now INSA Strasbourg), Frederic went on to do a six-month internship at Total. After a period spent working in software he relocated to Kourou (French Guyana) as a surveyor for CNES at the CSG (Centre Spatial Guyanais). In September 1991 he worked as GIS developer for ESRI France.

Frederic joined ELF in May 1992 as surveyor, mainly focused on positioning assistance to seismic, drilling and project & construction operations for E&P, worldwide.

After nine years, Frederic moved to Total Angola as a senior surveyor in charge of survey and positioning activities for the subsidiary. There, for the company’s Girassol field, he developed new deep-water acoustic positioning techniques and methods, which are still in used for all deep-water projects. He also contributed to the installation of the industry’s first deep water geodetic network and has had great success with deep water metrology.

“I’m very proud to lead the Geomatics Committee for the next three years. It is a great privilege for me personally but this also a recognition of the Geomatics discipline at Total and of the strong involvement of my colleagues. It is going to be difficult succeeding to the previous excellent chairs but I will try to do my best”, he says.

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