key people

Riccardo Caputo: Chairman and Principal Consultant – Geology
Full Professor of Tectonics and Earthquake Geology, with a long lasting experience in geological and morphological surveys, the application of various geophysical techniques to the three-dimensional reconstruction of the subsoil, the deformation characteristics of rocks and their evolution, tectonic surveys both in mountainous and plain contexts, interpretation of seismic profiles, analysis of site effects, microzonation studies and seismic hazard assessment, subsoil characterization for low and medium enthalpy geothermy. Author of more than 90 research papers in international journals. Guest Editor of special volumes of Tectonophysics and Journal of Geodynamics.


Dimitra Rapti – Principal Consultant – Hydrogeology, Geothermal Resources
Rapti is PhD in Hydrogeology (1995, Aristotle Univ. Thessaloniki, Greece) and PhD in Applied Geology (2000, University of Ferrara, Italy), assistant professor of at Ferrara University (2000-2016). She participated at various National and European research projects on environment, gaining experience in hydrogeology of porous and fractured media, numerical flow modelling, environmental impact assessment from landfills, contamination/ pollution processes of water and soils, desertification, artificial recharge of aquifers, monitoring and strategic water resources, identification and evaluation of medium and low enthalpy geothermal resources. Author of an industrial  patent for the transformation of organic  biomass into fertilizer (C05F 0001409520). Guest editor of  Italian Journal of Agronomy (2010) ‘Environmental vulnerability and desertification’ and Bolletino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata (2010) ‘Integrated hydrogeological, hydrogeochemical and geophysical data: a tool for aquifer management’. Author of more than 60 research papers in national and international journals.

Gianluca Loffredo –  Principal Consultant – Structural Engineering
Degree in Physics (2000) and Civil Engineering (2010) and PhD in Physics (2004). At present he is contract researcher at the Department of Engineering, Ferrara University, focusing his activities on the railway risk. He is also CEO of ArchiLing where he coordinates several projects in the frame of the post-seismic reconstruction of 2012 Emilia and 2016-17 Central Italy macroseismic areas. Consultant of Confindustria, ANCE and ASP Energia on seismic risk thematics.

Gabriele Ponzoni: Managment Director and Principal Consultant – Environmental Geology
Geologist, Member of the Italian National Council of Geologists, General Secretary of the European Federation of Geologists, UNI representative of the European Technical Group on “Geothermal Systems with Closed Circuit”. He has more than 20 years of expertise in environmental geology, providing strategic, technical and functional support to various projects of National and internation importance; long lasting collaborations with government bodies, policy makers, research stations, private organizations, social welfare and Work Groups. He is senior contributor to Regional Geological Surveys and consultant for Italian law and many Citizens’ Safety Programs for facing natural disaster scenarios and issues related to environment.

Fabio Minchio – Principal Consultant – Energy Engineer
Engineer, Ph.D. in Energy Research (2007, University of Padova) and more than 10 years of working experience on energy efficiency issues, energy audit (commercial and industrial), renewable energies and in the field of low-enthalpy geothermal installations  and technical regulations relating to the calculation of the energy performance of the plant building system and energy management. He carried out research activities in collaboration with the universities on topics related to geothermal heat pumps systems and heat pumps in general coupled to systems employing renewable energies. Coauthor of “Geothermal and heat pumps” book (2007) and of more than 40 papers in national and international journals. He is a certified energy manager in civil and industrial sector (in compliance with italian standard UNI CEI 11339) and also a Certified Measurament and Verification Professional (CMVP®, in compliance with the program estabilshed by AEE – Association of Energy Engineers, in cooperation with the EVO- Efficiency  Valuation Organization). He is also a Project Management expert in EU project, financial development plans, with particular reference to research and development projects and projects related to energy efficiency