Geological Survey of Russia (VSEGEI)

A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI) is a successor and custodian of traditions of the first state geological institution in Russia, the Geological Committee, which was established in Saint Petersburg on 31 January 1882 by the decree of Emperor Alexander III for the purpose of systematic study of geological structure and compilation of the geological map of Russia, as well as for resolving of practical issues on prospectivity estimation of the country’s territory for different mineral resources.

History of GeolCom-VSEGEI is in fact the history of the country’s geological survey, the history of real patriotism and public spirit of Russian geologists, their fundamental role in economic development and security protection of the country. Norilsk, Magadan, Bilibino, Neftekamsk, Solikamsk, Balkhash, Dzhezkazgan, Tyrnyauz, Slantsy, Boxitogorsk, Solnechny, Kemerovo and many other towns and villages owe their origination to mineral deposits discovered by GeolCom- VSEGEI geologists.

At present, VSEGEI represents a research group, which includes 1 Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 49 Doctors and 144 Candidates of Sciences. The Institute has scientific, methodical, and laboratory analytical divisions, high-skilled and experienced experts in all developed scientific lines, postgraduate education. Great importance is paid to attraction of talented youth: postgraduate education of the Institute provides training of skilled scientists in 10 specialties. At present, 33 postgraduates and applicants are doing postgraduate studies there, including 29 full-time studying postgraduates and 4 applicants. Institute deals with major scientific and practical problems on the following investigation lines:

  • Elaboration and improvement of scientific methodical and technological bases for the state geological mapping of the Russian Federation territory and estimation of undiscovered resources and reserves;
  • Compilation of the state (scales 1:200 000, 1:1 000 000) and small-scale geological maps, geological information systems and databanks, which form the basis for mineral management and assessment of raw material potential of the country;
  • Providing federal and regional executive authorities and subsoil users with geological information resources;
  • Forecast metallogenic studies, introduction of basin analysis methods into prospecting and exploration, development of deep structure models as a geological and geophysical basis for revealing of formation and distribution regularities of mineral deposits;
  • Comprehensive geoecological investigations and land and water areas mapping, examination and assessment of geoecological situations, forecast of geoecological events and hazards, study of geological monuments.

Organization and participation in international projects in the field of geological study of the subsurface and mineral management.