In the BRGM's laboratories in Orléans. this X-ray diffraction apparatus, installed in 2010, opens up a new phase in automated mineral phase determination (Orléans, 2011). © BRGM - Didier Depoorter


Laboratories working to support BRGM scientific activities.

The BRGM has a unique range of facilities for analysis and experimentation in analytical chemistry, isotopic geochemistry, mineralogy, environmental sampling and metrology, microbiology and molecular biology, multi-scale biogeochemical experiments and treatment processes. All BRGM laboratories are accredited by COFRAC, the French accreditation body.

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Retracing alabaster trade routes in Mediaeval Europe

In 2013, the BRGM and the Louvre Museum began work on the Alabaster project, in close cooperation with the Historic Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Heritage Conservation and Restoration (CICRP), and with the participation of renowned museums in France and abroad. The project was co-funded by the Louvre Museum, the Foundation for Heritage Sciences and the BRGM. The aim is to identify the sources of the materials used by Mediaeval sculptors by comparing the specific signatures of alabaster deposits with those of their sculptures. The American scientific journal PNAS has now published the research on its website in an article on the Alabaster project.


“Advances in the geosciences rely on new and high quality scientific data”

An interview with Hervé Gaboriau, BRGM Laboratories Director.

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COFRAC accreditation of BRGM’s laboratories

BRGM’s laboratories have been accredited by COFRAC, the French accreditation body, since 1994, a mark of recognition of the reliability of its results.

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