Meet Geraud! A former intern with the Geomatics Technologies team of Total E&P Paris, he has won a prestigious Student Award from the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) for his work in this field. “I have a generalist engineering training (mathematics, computer science, mechanics, management and marketing) but then specialized in hydrography. As an intern, I worked within a multidisciplinary department, where we shared our expertise in Geomatics, Engineering Geophysics, Geotechnics, Meteocean and Ice Engineering across the Group.


In 2014, Total invited students at my university (ENSTA Bretagne) the chance to do a final year project on the ‘Analysis of Error Budget for Hydrographic Survey Systems’. This topic interested me a lot and I was delighted to be selected for the project, as it is an area that I feel passionate about.


My experience at Total was an invaluable insight into the international energy stage. It was a chance to build my network and work in collaboration with many researchers and companies around the world. I improved my English and strengthened my background in Management, Strategy, Geomatics and Engineering geophysics.
What was most enjoyable is the ‘freedom of action’ which I have and the chance to exchange with people from over the world. This allowed me to work very fast – it’s called the “Total Attitude” I also enjoyed the positive working environment because it enables everyone to express themselves freely and to have a say.


Interning at Total enabled me to achieve my ambitions to fulfill needs of hydrographic survey community (oil and gas industry, hydrographic services, etc.) by contributing substantively to the hydrographic data quality management improvement. Being a successful intern in this area requires a methodological approach, team work, good written and oral communication skills, an open mind, as well as the ability to collaborate with international companies, institutes and universities.


Following my internship, I wrote a scientific paper with Jean-Baptiste Geldof (Specialist in Geomatics and Positioning at Total E&P) and Nicolas Seube (Scientific Director at CIDCO Canada) about ‘Error Budget Analysis for Hydrographic Survey Systems’, which was published in May 2016 in the Hydrographic International Review (HIR). As well as this honor, I was nominated by the Association Francophone Hydrographique (AFHy) for the annual IFHS (International Federation of Hydrographic Societies) Student Award and was delighted to win this Award, which rewards the best final year project in hydrography in 2016.


My advice to future interns is to always give their best to achieve their objectives. It is also important not to hesitate to ask any questions, to listen, and communicate with your colleagues in order to provide best solutions. All this requires a great deal of personal motivation and a lot of humility!


My internship enabled me to confirm my motivation to work in the long term in the area of Hydrography and related areas. However, the job is very specialized and requires both field and research experience.”