InfoTerre, the BRGM's portal for geoscientific data. © BRGM

Information systems: distributing geoscientific knowledge

02.11.2013
BRGM distributes geological and environmental information via digital technologies that produce valuable and high added-value decision-support tools.

The geosciences are increasingly supported by information and communication technologies.

 BRGM integrates these new technologies to support the development of its topic areas, provide scientists with sophisticated processing tools and provide the public with fast, easy access to the most recent information.  

 This is an area of paramount importance for the BRGM, in which it is making substantial investments in the following fields in particular:

  • acquiring and distributing geoscientific knowledge together with services making the most of web technologies,
  • building up interoperable information systems based on distributed architecture,
  • handling the entire computing-modelling-visualisation chain (3D, virtual reality, enhanced reality) to support better knowledge and understanding of geoscientific phenomena,
  • providing secure, modular and highly available computer infrastructure using new technologies (broadband, virtualisation, cloud, etc.).

Thanks to its involvement in the definition and implementation of standards for processing and distributing geo-environmental information, BRGM has built up expert knowledge that is regularly called upon for projects and research partnerships in France and Europe.

Distributing geological and environmental information via digital technologies.

BRGM distributes geological and environmental information via digital technologies that produce valuable high added-value decision-support tools. 

Through its  InfoTerre portal, BRGM provides free access to geological reports and maps and to the databanks on subsoils (BSS), industrial sites, natural risks, etc., as well as to many other layers of geoscientific information.

To facilitate access to its data from anywhere, BRGM also offers three mobile applications : i-InfoTerre (roaming version of the InfoTerre portal), InfoNappe (on groundwaters) and InfoGéol (on the geology of France).

BRGM is commissioned by the public authorities to pilot and manage several dozen websites and databanks on geology, natural risks and the environment (Tout sur l’Environnement portal), water (ADES), etc.

Building interoperable information systems

BRGM manages the entire information chain via infrastructure designed for interoperability with all partner systems, to guarantee optimum access for all suppliers and users of geoscientific and environmental information. 

BRGM’s close involvement in the development of standards (as a member of the OGC or IUGS-CGI) and compliance with directives (INSPIRE in particular) on interoperable systems and geospatial data is an important asset  that has enabled it to build up expertise, consolidate its position and play an essential role in international initiatives  (GEOSS, OneGeology) for information systems interoperability.

New technologies to further geoscientific knowledge

BRGM integrates new technologies to support the development of its topic areas, provide scientists with sophisticated processing tools and provide the public with fast, easy access to the latest information. 

New expectations have emerged with new Internet developments: simplified exchanges between users, guaranteed independence of scientific tools, fast and more targeted access to increasingly voluminous and inter-connected data (Open Data) and citizen’s involvement in a global information system (crowdsourcing) have all encouraged BRGM to develop its competences in these new areas.

To simulate complex processes and process increasingly large data volumes, BRGM is working to adapt its applications to high-performance computing architecture and develop 3D display tools to suit the different types of data handled.

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