Pablo Benitez

Pablo Benitez

Originally From: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Degree Program at Mines: MSc Geology





I graduated in 2015 from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) with a BSc in Geology, where I specialized in sedimentology and stratigraphy. My thesis title is “Astronomic cycles and their record in the sedimentation of the Vaca Muerta Formation (Tithonian – Berriasian) in Las Loicas, Mendoza”.

I then went to Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) for two years and received a graduate specialization in Unconventional Well Completion (Shale & Tight). I gained valuable petroleum engineering, geomechanics, and hydraulic fracture knowledge. My thesis title is “Geomechanical analysis of the Vaca Muerta Formation in the Meseta Buena Esperanza block, Neuquen Province”.

I also worked six months as a geomechanics lab technician in ITBA, where I prepared plug samples from the Vaca Muerta Formation, and performed triaxial and uniaxial tests.

I joined RCP in the Fall of 2017 to pursue a MSc in Geology. I will be working in the Vaca Muerta Project, where I would like to apply geology concepts to unconventional reservoir characterization.


My main research interests are facies analysis, stratigraphy and geomechanics. My goal is to develop an anisotropic geomechanical model, trying to correlate static and dynamic moduli, and build a detailed anisotropic stress log. This will help to better characterize the anisotropy of the Vaca Muerta Formation, and it will also improve future completion designs.


I love playing sports (soccer, basketball, swimming), and also like to grab my bike and go around town. I am always listening to music, mostly blues, which I also love to play (guitar).


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