Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
The Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM) (literally: Geological and mining research bureau) is the French government geological survey (administratively, a ""public administration with industrial and commercial purpose"") (EPIC) which aim is the management of resources, and surface and sub-surface risks.It was established in 1959 as a research and consultancy agency from the merging of the Bureau de recherches géologiques, géophysiques et minières and the Bureau minier de la France d'outre-mer. It is under the supervision of the MESR (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, English: Ministry of Higher Education and Research).Its headquarters are located in central Paris and the scientific and technical center is at Orleans. The BRGM employs approximately 1,100 people in its scientific and technical center, including more than 700 engineers and researchers, in 32 regional branches in metropolitan France and overseas territories. The agency is tasked with five functions: scientific research, support for public policies, international cooperation, mining safety, and Higher and continuing education.