Atlas specializes in North Texas geophysical work and has interpreted over 1,000 square miles of 3D seismic to date. When Atlas was created the main goal was to create a full service geophysical company for seismic exploration with state of the art equipment and excellent customer service. What separates Atlas from the other geophysical companies is that the owners are directly involved in every step of the process and always serve as the observer and interpreter of the data. Having the same person interpret the data he records offers an unparalleled advantage that is unique to Atlas. In addition to the advantages of a vertically integrated company, by clearing their own right of ways Atlas can minimize the surface impact by clearing just enough brush to allow adequate access. This in house approach coupled with state of the art wireless equipment gives Atlas a notable advantage over other geophysical companies. In addition to functioning as a traditional service company, Atlas generates and participates in exploration projects with various oil and gas exploration and production companies.
Atlas was founded by Griffin Phillips in 2010 when he started working for the public as a consulting geophysicist. He holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University, but he also graduated with 15 hours of Petroleum Engineering credits. For his Master's he focused almost exclusively in the field of dynamics and vibrations, and in his thesis he presented a spectral decomposition based analysis of conventional on-shore seismic data.
Growing up in a family owned exploration and production company, Griffin began his geophysical experience at an early age. He spent countless hours at drilling rigs and well sites in his earliest years. At 16 he was conducting radiometric surveys across Throckmorton County in North Texas. By the age of 24 he had finished grad school and written a basic seismic interpretation package, which would eventually become xline. In the summer of 2011 he took on a partner and together they began focusing exclusively on making Atlas a vertically integrated geophysical company. In the summer of 2013 they took delivery of the last of the equipment and the acquisition crew was finally up and running.
To date Atlas has been involved in several interesting projects, most notably this collaboration between Hewlett-Packard and Shell. Atlas was involved in all of the the Texas based field tests where the performance of HP's MEMS accelerometer was analyzed, often compared against multiple other recording systems. They provided signal analysis via spectral decomposition, aided in designing the field parameters and carried out all of the preparations and surveying.