BRGM

BRGM

BRGM, the French geological survey, is France’s reference public institution for Earth Science applications in the management of surface and subsurface resources and risks. Its programmes focus on scientific research, supporting public policies and international cooperation. BRGM aims to meet key challenges for our society, particularly those related to climate change, energy transition and the development of the circular economy. Around geosciences, BRGM is developing expertise to contribute to a harmonised management and controlled use of the soil and subsoil of cities and territories.

Company details

3 avenue Claude-Guillemin - BP 36009 , Orléans Cedex 2 , 45060 France
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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater Science and Research
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1959

BRGM, the French geological survey
BRGM is France’s reference public institution for Earth Science applications in the management of surface and subsurface resources and risks.

BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) is the French geological survey.

Key objectives

  • Understanding geological processes and associated risks,
  • Developing new methodologies and techniques,
  • Producing and disseminating data to support the management of soils, subsoils and resources,
  • Delivering the necessary tools for the management of soils, subsoils and their resources, risk prevention and policy responses to climate change.

5 key roles
BRGM's activities are organised around its 5 key roles:

Scientific research
Scientific research at the BRGM is focused on furthering geological knowledge and understanding surface and subsurface phenomena. The key issue at stake is to meet the challenges of global change.

Support to public policy development
The BRGM's activities in this area cover all expert appraisals, monitoring and studies conducted to support public policy development.

International cooperation
With over 200 projects each year in 35 countries, BRGM works across the globe towards enduring protection for people and resources

Mine Safety
In 2006, the French State handed responsibility to BRGM for monitoring and action to prevent risks and pollution arising from mine closures. BRGM has state delegated responsibility for all mine safety engineering work.

Training
The BRGM supports higher education training programmes in the geosciences and offers continuing professional training.

10 topic areas

Building on geology as its core competence, BRGM develops expert knowledge in resource management, risk management and innovative ecotechnologies.

These activities are organised into 10 main topic areas that address the industrial and social challenges of today:

The BRGM is ISO 9001 certified (quality) since 2004 and ISO 14001 certified (environment) since 2012. Its analytical laboratories are accredited by the Cofrac since 1994. The BRGM is one of the Carnot institutes.

Key figures
BRGM employs more than 1000 people, including more than 700 researchers and engineers (geologists, geotechnicians, hydrogeologists, geochemists, modelling specialists, geophysicists, IT engineers, etc.), in its 33 agencies in mainland and overseas France. BRGM teams are involved in projects in about 30 countries.

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With ISO 9001 certification since 2004 and ISO 14001 since 2012, BRGM applies an integrated management system where quality and environmental certification work hand in hand.

With ISO 9001 certification since 2004, BRGM gives the highest priority to satisfaction from its clients and partners. In 2012, BRGM also received ISO 14001 certification recognising its responsible environmental practice.

Quality: ISO 9001 certification

BRGM complies with the international ISO 9001 standard, with certification awarded by AFAQ AFNOR in 2004 and renewed every 3 years.

This certification covers all BRGM activities in France and abroad, as well as its 33 regional agencies. It reflects the high priority given at BRGM to satisfaction from its clients and partners (public organisations and enterprises).

BRGM complies with the international ISO 9001 standard, with certification awarded by AFAQ AFNOR in 2004 and renewed every 3 years.

This certification covers all BRGM activities in France and abroad, as well as its 33 regional agencies. It reflects the high priority given at BRGM to satisfaction from its clients and partners (public organisations and enterprises).

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Environmental responsibility: ISO 14001 certification
BRGM obtained ISO 14001 certification in December 2012 for its environmental management system, thus achieving of the goals set out in the BRGM-State contract for 2009-2012.

This certification guarantees the BRGM’s environmental accountability.

It recognises the BRGM’s performance in building up an environmental management system that reinforces its environmental practice by:

  • effectively managing the impacts of its sites and activities, in compliance with environmental regulations,
  • preventing pollution,
  • reducing consumption that has direct impacts on natural resources.

BRGM’s ISO 14001 certification, awarded by AFAQ AFNOR, covers its head office in Orléans.