Riccardo Pasquali B.A. MSc. PGeo EuroGeol
Ric has over 15 years experience in natural resource consultancy, project management and project development. His core areas of expertise include geology, geothermal energy (shallow and deep), environmental geology and energy efficiency. Ric has advised local authorities, government agencies as well as private sector clients on geothermal energy development solutions, regulatory and legislative frameworks as well as providing project management services during exploration and development stages. As part of these skills he has also provided services to large private sector companies and local authorities on hydrogeological and contaminated land matters. In addition to working on large scale development projects, Ric specialises in providing advice on groundwater supply development, drilling programme management, energy efficiency and microgeneration to both residential customers and SMEs. Ric is also an associate consultant of SLR Consulting Ireland Ltd. and a non-executive board member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.
Geothermal Association of Ireland – Chairperson
Institute of Geologists of Ireland (PGeo No. 172)
European Federation of Geologists (EuroGeol No. 749)
European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers
European Geothermal Energy Council
Geophysical Association of Ireland
James McAteer – B.Sc. (Geology & Archaeology)
James is a recent graduate with a BSc in Geology and Archaeology from University College Dublin. James’ role as Junior Geoscientist at GeoServ is focussed on GIS and geothermal energy . His work includes in depth research into ground source heating technologies as well as temperature measurement and data acquisition techniques. James specialises in Thermal Response Testing and has worked on projects conducting field and laboratory thermal properties tests on Irish rock types and soils using testing methods and equipment, including divided bar tests, needle probe tests and thermal response tests. James also has experience in GIS database development, mapping & cartography as well as data management.
Stephen Murray – B.Sc. MSc. (Geology – Renewable Energy)
Stephen’s initial experience in the mining industry of Australia in Gold, Uranium and Manganese give him strong competencies in drilling, core interpretation and field mapping. He was later a founding member of a Tidal Energy start-up, investigating areas of tidal potential of the Irish offshore. His core competencies include detailed geothermal assessments for commercial or domestic systems including detailed profiling of reservoir properties. Steve has acted as project manager on several geothermal resource database projects and has also operated of all commercial thermal testing equipment, such as needle probes and Divided Bar Apparatus. Stephen also has experience with databases and date logging equipment. Stephen is responsible for all petrophysical assessment or samples including core and chippings and has worked on several geothermal resource assessment projects where he has been responsible for assessing reservoir characteristics based on reservoir analogues.
Eavan Collins – (B.Sc, BSc in Earth and Ocean Science, M.Sc in Petroleum Geosciences)
Eavan is a Petroleum Geoscience MSc graduate with an undergraduate degree specialising in hydrogeology and geology. Since graduating, Eavan has gained experience working as the data manager on the nationwide Tellus geochemical survey with the Geological Survey of Ireland. Her core competencies include working on seismic interpretation, fault modelling, depth conversion and creating various outputs using ArcGIS for deep geothermal projects. Eavan gained further experience through her work at DIAS (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies) which involved working with various geophysical datasets, statistical analysis and gravity modelling. She is numerate and technically minded with a strong attention to detail. Eavan has extensive experience in the development of detailed geological models through the integration of geophysical and geological data.
Damien Bonté – Associate Consultant
Damien is a geologist specialising in geothermal energy and basin modelling. Damien has extensive experience in reservoir characterisation in the geothermal and hydrocarbons sectors with specific focus on geothermal systems. He has an in depth experience in geological, recoverable resources and temperature modelling. He has over 5 years experience of working in a professional environment during which he project managed a collaborative regional assessment of the thermal characteristics of the Paris Basin (France) between TNO and BRGM. He has worked as an assistant researcher at TNO on lithospheric and magmatic related basin thermal evolution of the lithosphere, and has been responsible for the data compilation and data preparation for the heat flow and temperature maps in Europe. During his career Damien has also worked at the BRGM on the acquisition and geostatistical of deep temperature and heat flow data in France and in the Netherlands. These project were part of geothermal resource assessment at the country scale and presented has detailed maps. In addition to completing basin and national scale resource assessment studies for geothermal energy, Damien provided specialised advice in the development of a Decision Support System tool for EGS systems to TNO as part of the ENGINE FP7 programme. Damien is bilingual in English and French and has good knowledge of Spanish.
Dr Mark Muller – Associate Consultant
Dr Muller is a senior geophysicist with over 20 years of industry and research experience specialising in magnetotelluric, reflection seismic, refraction seismic, magnetic and gravity methods. Mark’s core areas of expertise include:(i) high-level survey design, budgeting, logistical planning, data acquisition, processing, modelling, interpretation and geological integration assignments and (ii) project management, program technical review, quality assurance and staff mentorship and training roles. Mark brings expertise in the geophysical exploration and assessment of low- and high-enthalpy geothermal resources drawn from multi-disciplinary commercial assignments and research projects located in Ireland, Philippines, Canary Islands and South Africa. He has supervised ten postgraduate MSc and PhD students in their investigations of geothermal resources using magnetotelluric and other geological/geophysical/hydrological methods and has trained over thirty people in different aspects of the magnetotelluric method, drawn from government agencies, industry and academia and from countries including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. He holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, UK and an MSc from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Geothermal Association of Ireland (GAI) – Member
European Geosciences Union (EGU) – Member
American Geophysical Union (AGU) – Member
Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), USA – Member
South African Geophysical Association (SAGA) – Member & Past President
John Healy – Associate Consultant (P.Grad.Dip. – Senior Project Manager – GT Energy, Engineering Surveyor – Total Grid Surveys)
With over 5 years experience in the geothermal sector, John manages GT Energy’s engineering and planning department. His role includes the development of projects with local authorities, public bodies and commercial companies. At GT Energy, John has gained valuable experience with the planning sector in Ireland and the UK for geothermal projects. He project managed and obtained full planning permission for Ireland’s first geothermal plant in Dublin. In the UK, he was project lead in obtaining full planning permission for GT Energy’s geothermal heat project on Devonshire Street in Manchester. He joined GT Energy from one of Ireland’s leading civil engineering companies.