The Republic Survey for Geological Researches of the Republic of Srpska has a long and rich tradition in the area of geological researches. It was founded in 1912 as independent institution.
The founder and the first director was Fridrich Katzer.
Since 1946 it had been working as the Geological Research Institute of the Ministry of Industry and Mining.
Since 1992 the Republic Survey for Geological Researches of the Republic of Srpska is established as a state institute by the Government decision.
The Law on Ministries from 2004 provided that the Survey is a self-financing state administrative organization of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of the Government of the Republic of Srpska.
From January 2010 the Survey has been entirely financing from the budget of the Republic of Srpska.
The Survey deals with the basic geological explorations of special importance for the Republic of Srpska. The basic geological explorations are executed in accordance with Long-term Strategy of the basic geological explorations.
The Survey prepares Long-term Strategy of the basic geological researches for the ten year period, adopted by the National Parliament of the Republic of Srpska. The Institute also prepares basic geological, hydrogeological, engineering geological, seismotectonic and other geological maps.
The Survey prepares geological maps for spatial planning, construction works, mining and other activities in the fields of mining, forestry, agriculture, water management and urbanization. It establish and maintain the data for the Geological Information System, as a part of unique information system of the Republic of Srpska.
The Institute cooperates with international geological institutions through the data exchange about the Earth crust and through different common research projects. It determines and suggests to the Government strategic mineral resources together with the measures for their use. The Survey prepares rules, directives, standards and norms in the area of geology. It forms and conducts the expert documentation fund on geological research in the territory of the Republic of Srpska.
The Republic Survey for Geological Researches, founded by the Government of the Republic of Srpska, is an administrative organization within the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining. The organization is managed by the Director of the Republic Survey for Geological Researches. According to the Rule on internal organisation, the Survey consists of three organizational units (departments) managed by the Heads of the departments.
The departments are:
• Department for geological exploartions
• Department for Geological Information System and Central Geological Archive of the Republic of Srpska
• Department for economical and legal affairs.