YouWol Geoscience

About us

The genesis of YouWol Geoscience

YouWol Geoscience is a subsidiary of YouWol, which has been founded by Dr. Frantz Maerten and Dr. Laurent Maerten, sometimes called the M&M’s.

As they have always done during their career, they want to share their scientific and technical expertise as well as their innovative technologies with others from academia, research institutes and the industry.

About the founders

Frantz and Laurent Maerten (Normandie, France, 1977)

YouWol’s founders, Dr. Frantz Maerten and Dr. Laurent Maerten, graduated from Montpellier University (France) and Stanford University (USA). They have previously founded the IGEOSS Company and have worked for Schlumberger for 9 years. They have been extensively involved in the development of numerical techniques and tools for evaluating and modeling geological structures in complex structural and stratigraphic environments.

Some of their innovative technologies include forward stress modeling around faults and salt bodies, as well as 2D/3D restoration tools. They are the inventors of Dynel2D and Dynel3D geomechanically-based restoration tools, as well as Poly3D/iBem3D and NFP forward deformation and stress modeling technique incorporating geomechanical stress inversion.

Between them they have amassed more than 15 patents and patent applications, they have presented at over 50 conferences, published over 30 peer reviewed papers, and completed over 40 comprehensive industry reports.

Today, they are fulfilling a wish to be more involved in R&D and create a lasting impact for scientists and engineers worldwide by developing the YouWol Platform.


Dr. Laurent Maerten

YouWol President, Geoscience Business Manager

  • Ph.D. in Quantitative Structural Geology from Stanford University (USA)
  • Main expertise in structural geology and geomechanics
  • Stanford University, French Petroleum Institute, IGEOSS, Schlumberger
  • In charge of client relationship, testing, consulting and training

Dr. Frantz Maerten

YouWol CEO, R&D Director

  • Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Montpellier (France) and Stanford University (USA)
  • Main expertise in geophysics, numerical codes and optimization, C++ programming
  • Stanford University, IGEOSS, Terinov, Schlumberger
  • In charge of the R&D and the development of Arch, Cassini and 3D visualization