Outstanding results: BRGM announces its 2020 awards

The BRGM prizes are awarded to those of its staff and teams who have achieved outstanding results during the past year. Four winners were thus commended for their work in 2020.
13 April 2021
BRGM Prizes 2020

BRGM Prizes 2020.

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Since 2017, BRGM has been holding an annual award ceremony to reward the staff and teams of the establishment and the group who have distinguished themselves through actions, projects, publications and innovations.

The remarkable results singled out by these awards highlight BRGM's values, as defined in its code of ethics: respect, cooperation, competence, transparency and objectivity.

For 2020, four winners were awarded prizes in 3 categories: Innovation, Thesis and Scientific Publication.

BRGM 2020 Innovation prize: MétéEau Nappes

Bruno Mougin presented the new MétéEau Nappes tool which won the BRGM 2020 innovation prize. It is a decision-support tool for managing water resources in sensitive areas.

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This prize rewards one or more BRGM Group employees who have completed the development of an innovation (product, software or service, etc.) or a project which has achieved a remarkable result in partnership with industry.

Winner: Bruno Mougin - with the collaboration of Jérôme Nicolas, Héléne Bessière, Stéphane Loigerot and Yannick Vigier

Rewarded for MétéEAU Nappes, a platform to support decision-making for groundwater management. BRGM developed a new tool to provide information and forecasts about the status of aquifers to supplement the monthly review of groundwater levels in France, published in the Hydrogeological Situation Report.

BRGM 2020 prize for scientific publications

Jérémy Rohmer and Pierre Gehl, winners of the BRGM 2020 Scientific Publication Prize, discuss their research on the non-stationary extreme value analysis applied to the seismic fragility assessment of nuclear power plants.

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This prize is given to reward the authors of an outstanding international scientific publication in 2020.

Winners: Jeremy Rohmer and Pierre Gehl

Awarded for: Non-stationary extreme value analysis applied to seismic fragility assessment for nuclear safety analysis. Nat.HazardsEarthSyst.Sci.,20,1267–1285,2020

Publication written with the following co-authors: Marine Marcilhac-Fradin, Yves Guigueno, Nadia Rahni, Julien Clément.

BRGM 2020 Thesis prize: Bhavani Bénard

Bhavani Bénard looks back on her thesis on geothermal energy on Reunion Island, where she characterised the hydrothermal system of the Piton des Neiges using geochemical and isotopic methods.

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This prize rewards a thesis that is outstanding for the quality of its research in order to promote a brilliant doctoral student. Two joint winners were rewarded in 2020.

First winner: Bhavani Bénard

(Supervisor: Bertrand Aunay - Collaboration: Université de la Réunion)

Caractérisation du système hydrothermal du Piton des Neiges par des méthodes géochimiques et isotopiques [Characterisation of the Piton des Neiges hydrothermal system by geochemical and isotopic methods]

BRGM 2020 Thesis prize: Nicolas Saspiturry

Nicolas Saspiturry reviews his thesis L’évolution sédimentaire, structurale et thermique d’un rift hyper-aminci : de l’héritage post-hercynien à l’inversion alpine, exemple du bassin de Mauléon (Pyrénées) [The sedimentary, structural and thermal evolution of a hyper-thinned rift: from the post-hercynian legacy to the alpine inversion, example of the Mauléon basin (Pyrenees)].

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This prize rewards a thesis that is outstanding for the quality of its research in order to promote a brilliant doctoral student. Two joint winners were rewarded in 2020.

Second winner: Nicolas Saspiturry

(Supervisor: Olivier Serrano - Collaboration: Bordeaux Montaigne University)

L’évolution sédimentaire, structurale et thermique d’un rift hyper-aminci : de l’héritage post-hercynien à l’inversion alpine, exemple du bassin de Mauléon (Pyrenees) [The sedimentary, structural and thermal evolution of a hyper-thinned rift: from the post-hercynian legacy to the alpine inversion, example of the Mauléon basin (Pyrenees)].