The BRGM at a glance

BRGM, the French geological survey, is France’s leading public institution for Earth Science applications for the management of surface and sub-surface resources with a view to sustainable development.

Under partnerships with numerous public and private stakeholders, it focuses on scientific research, providing scientifically-validated information to support public policy development and international cooperation.

BRGM is a public organisation, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2019. It draws on its geological expertise to respond to 21st-century challenges concerning the use and management of the subsurface, such as renewable heat, energy and waste storage, developing the circular economy in terms of land and mineral use, traceability, groundwater resources, reclaiming industrial wasteland, and the management of natural risks.

Its activity meets 4 objectives:

  • understanding geological phenomena and related risks,
  • developing new techniques and methodologies,
  • producing and distributing data for surface, subsurface and resource management,
  • providing the tools required to manage the surface, subsurface and resources, prevent risks and pollution, and manage policies in response to climate change.
Lacs d'altitude dans le Massif d'Aneto, Hautes-Pyrénées

BRGM, a public industrial and commercial institution

The BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) was created in 1959. It operates as a public industrial and commercial institution, reporting to the Ministries in charge of Research, Ecology and the Economy.

Terre aux sept couleurs, Ile Maurice
  • 1077.00
    members of staff, including over 700 engineers and researchers

  • 30.00
    countries of operation

  • 27.00
    agencies in mainland and overseas France

2019 activity

BRGM's 2019 accounts - breakdown of activity by issue

BRGM's 2019 accounts - breakdown of activity by issue.