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Antoine Bertoncello

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Antoine Bertoncello, R&D lead at Total


After earning an engineering degree from Nancy’s Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie and a PhD from Stanford University, Antoine Bertoncello began his career at Hess Corporation in 2011 as a geologist. He held several positions within the company, first in the Gulf of Mexico development division and then in the Bakken asset team.

Antoine Bertoncello joined Total USA in 2014 as the lead geologist responsible for all onshore assets on the Development team. During this time, he led the development of SPA, a predictive analytics tool well for production forecasting in unconventional plays.


He  is now responsible of the R&D efforts for sweet-spot delineation within the TOTAL E&P Unconventional Research Program and is also responsible of data science developments for unconventional assets within Total’s Digital  Research Program.





  • Smart Predictive Analytics: a predictive analytics tool that uses Artificial Intelligence and HPC to forecast future production of unconventional wells. In competition with almost 100 other projects, SPA won the award for best E&P innovation in 2017. 
  • Data Science Challenge: Antoine helped create the E&P challenge for Total’s first internal Data Science Competition. 
  • Member of the steering committee for the organization of the yearly SPE workshop on Shale Development Optimization.




Antoine Bertoncello is the author of several publications in the field of unconventional reservoir, subsurface modeling and geostatistics.


Best Innovators

SPA: Improve Production Forecasting for our Wells