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  • MicroSeismic update
    5 days ago

    The Journey & The Way

    Most, if not all, of the posts you read in these pages talk about the solutions, the targets, and perhaps even the "end-game" of what MicroSeismic does to help support our customers in achieving their respective objectives in the oilfield.

  • MicroSeismic update
    30+ days ago

    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Or, more to the point, who doesn't? In this case I'm not thinking about the dollar denomination, although millions of these would be welcome in any fiat currency. I'm actually referring to an important milestone that every service company in the oil and gas sector strives for: A million hours worked without a lost time incident (LTI).


MicroSeismic – Why Work For Us?

The MSI Way encompasses our Vision and Mission and the core Values necessary to achieve both. It explains who we are, what we believe in, where we’re going, and how we conduct ourselves in achieving our goals.

Our vision is of a world in which every completion is optimized through real-time monitoring and evaluation.

Our mission is to exceed customers’ expectations by delivering high value, data driven solutions for understanding, evaluating, and optimizing reservoir performance. We will be the leading provider of completions optimization and evaluation in the global unconventional market.

To achieve our vision and mission we must all aspire to live our core values, which are:

Mastery – diligently pursuing operational and technical excellence

  • We are ethical, accountable, honest, reliable and professional in all areas of endeavor
  • We attract, train and retain the best people with the desire to achieve at the highest level, both personally and professionally
  • We adopt a quality approach to all projects, we do not neglect details and we strive to get it right the first time

Service – consistently delivering on and surpassing customer expectations

  • We know, listen to and understand our customers and try hard to anticipate their every need
  • We say what we do and do what we say – if we don’t, we own up to it
  • We are responsive at all levels of the customer interface, and put our client first

Innovation– to be the recognized technology leader in completions optimization

  • We foster an environment where the best and the brightest are unleashed to innovate and are rewarded for doing so
  • We do applied research and proactively develop answers that solve real customer problems
  • We challenge present methods and techniques to drive improvement and innovation- this fuels our future

All this can be wrapped up into a simple phrase we use around here. Better Frac, Better World.

MicroSeismic, Inc. is an oilfield services company providing completions evaluation services and real-time monitoring and mapping of hydraulic fracture operations in unconventional oil and gas plays.

Founded in 2003, MicroSeismic invented the use of surface microseismic monitoring to listen to the naturally occurring, low-energy seismic noise emitted from a reservoir during hydraulic fracturing stimulation. Utilizing surface, near-surface, and downhole arrays, MicroSeismic helps oil and gas companies understand how the reservoir responds to stimulation and its impact on customer economics.

MicroSeismic’s services include Productive-SRV, FracRx TM, Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring, Reservoir Monitoring, Seismicity Monitoring and more. From these services, customers are able to produce more for every completions dollar spent.

  • Determine ideal well and stage spacing to increase productivity and reduce costs
  • Identify costly geo-hazards and non-productive zones
  • Estimate 90-day cumulative production earlier in the life cycle
  • Optimize fluid and treatment efficiency
  • Enhance vertical coverage and landing zone

With over 20,000 stages monitored, and over 50 BuriedArray™ installments, MicroSeismic, Inc. has both pioneered and proven the successful application of surface microseismic monitoring across the United States and 18 countries internationally. From advanced real-time analysis to reservoir monitoring, MicroSeismic’s completions evaluation services are unmatched in the marketplace.

Transforming Live: The MicroSeismic Story

In 2013, Greg Burns, VP, Human Resources was contemplating how MicroSeismic, Inc. could become more deeply involved in the various communities where the company’s employees and its customers live and work. He attended the annual conference for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). During the conference, Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS articulated a One for One® philosophy that struck a chord with Greg. There an idea sparked around the company’s tag line: Passive Monitoring, Active Listening.

Listening.  How can we help others to better hear the world around them?  After pitching and receiving approval from Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D., Founder and Co-Chair, he went on to research how MicroSeismic could get involved with organizations to help underwrite the expense of hearing aids for under-privileged children.  He found three children’s hospitals in Houston, Denver and Calgary that were a great fit.

MicroSeismic took a unique approach to funding the donations, based off of the TOMS philosophy - for every well it monitors it makes a financial contribution to the Memorial Hermann Foundation in Houston, the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation in Denver, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation in Calgary.

During the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference Greg was featured for his work on the Gift of Hearing Program with MicroSeismic. Congratulations to Greg on some well-deserved recognition. At this time, MicroSeismic has underwritten 30 hearing aids. See the video for the full story on how Greg developed his idea of giving below.  This video was featured during this year’s SHRM Annual Conference.



  • Jeff Foster appointed as new CEO & President
  • Acquired new downhole monitoring assets from Reservoir Imaging, Inc.
  • Launched FracRx™ to help operators increase asset value by optimizing the treatment of each well
  • Launched Advanced Real-Time Analysis help optimize production and reduce costs for both geophysical and engineering developments
  • Giving the gift of hearing - For every well it monitors, MicroSeismic makes a donation towards hearing aids for under-privileged children


  • Celebrating 10 years of innovation
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 Gulf Coast Area award winner – Technology
  • CNBC named an Energy Industry Disruptor on the inaugural CNBC Disruptor 50 List
  • Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D. featured on CNBC Squawk Box to discuss the use of microseismic data to reduce risk and build bottom lines in the energy sector
  • Geophysical Society of Houston/SEG honors Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D.  at their 2013 Spring Symposium
  • Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D. recognized as a celebrated entrepreneur at the Houston Technology Center’s (HTC) 10th annual “A Celebration of Entrepreneurs” gala
  • Houston Business Journal CFO of the Year nominee and Fast 100 nominee
  • Introduced Downhole Monitoring with EventPick™ Processing Technology
  • Introduced new Completions Evaluation Services and PSET 5.0


  • World Oil's Innovator of the Year award in 2012
  • Ernst & Young nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inc 5000 Fast Growing Companies in US 2012 – ranked 988 overall, 36 in energy industry and 20 in Houston
  • Ranked 6th in the energy industry for Inc.’s 2012 Hire Power Awards
  • Moved to new corporate office in Houston
  • Opened new office in Pittsburgh
  • Method of imaging the earth’s subsurface using passive seismic interferometry and adaptive velocity filtering patent awarded


  • Completed a $100M majority recapitalization with TA Associates and Madrone Capital Partners
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists announces Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D. as an honorary member in September 2011
  • World Oil - Innovative Thinker Award Nominee - Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D.
  • Awarded #7 in the FastTech 50 Award presented by Houston Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Houston
  • Method of passive seismic emission tomography using adaptive velocity filter patent awarded
  • Method for imaging the earth’s subsurface using passive seismic sensing patent awarded
  • Method for passive seismic emission tomography including polarization correction for source mechanism patent awarded


  • World Oil nomination for Best Completion Technology Award
  • World Oil nomination for Best Exploration Technology Award
  • New Technology Magazine's award for Best Exploration Technology
  • MicroSeismic receives E&P Magazine's 2010 Hart Meritorious Award for Engineering Excellence
  • Largest BuriedArray™ service installed in Sanish Field - North Dakota
  • Receives Houston Business Journals Enterprise Champion Award and named to the Houston Business Journals "Fast Tech 50" list, ranked #24
  • MicroSeismic enhances service offering with Transform software reservoir data visualization capabilities
  • Launched new logo and brand at SEG 2010
  • Method for seismic emission tomography patent awarded


  • MicroSeismic granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Passive Seismic Emission Technology (PSET™) service
  • Named to the Houston "Fast Tech 50" list by the Houston Business Journal
  • Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D. invited to speak at CERA Week 2010 in the Energy Innovations Pioneers Session


  • Opened office in Calgary
  • Moved HQ offices to larger facility with 12,000 square feet of space
  • CEO and President, Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D. Named as the 2008 Fall AAPG-SEG Distinguished Lecturer
  • Named to the Houston "Fast Tech 50" list by the Houston Business Journal. MicroSeismic was ranked number 13 out of the top 50 technology companies in Houston
  • Launched Downhole monitoring
  • Launched BuriedArray™ permanent & real-time shallow subsurface monitoring
  • Awarded world's first multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for permanently installed BuriedArray™ service
  • Doubled the size of the North American sales team, hired a VP of Sales for US, named a VP of Sales for International, added sales representatives in China, Argentina, and Mexico


  • Opened office in Denver with sales, processing and operations personnel
  • Completed second generation of the company's proprietary passive seismic processing software, PSET™


  • In August 2006 MicroSeismic, completed a $7 million "Round B" financing from three participants, including the two "Round A" participants, Altira, Chevron Technology Ventures, and RockPort Capital Partners
  • The company built its staff in anticipation of substantially expanded operations in 2007. This included adding a Chief Financial Officer, an operations management team, hiring and training additional field crews, and increasing the number of geophysicists


  • MicroSeismic, Inc., (MicroSeismic) was incorporated in early 2003 to commercialize passive seismic and received venture funding of $450,000. The lead investor was the Altira Group of Denver, Colorado joined by Chevron Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Chevron Corporation
  • First-to-market with a novel surface array technique for hydro-frac monitoring called FracStar™
  • Registered Trademarks for PSET™, PSTT™ and FracStar™ technologies



MicroSeismic, Inc. is always on the lookout for the best and brightest talent to join our organization. We are a small organization but are growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, we were recently recognized by Inc. Magazine for their 2012 Hire Power Awards as the 6th fastest growing company in the energy categories. A closer look at the numbers will reveal that no other Houston-based oilfield technology firm has grown at a faster rate. In fact, that holds true of all oilfield services companies in the rankings.

The good news is we're not in any hurry to slow down! We still have big ambitions and have exciting opportunities for those with lots of energy and enthusiasm. If you are an individual that diligently pursues excellence, aims to consistently surpass expectations and has an entrepreneurial spirit, maybe MSI is just the place for you.We are always on the lookout for the best and brightest with backgrounds in field operations, geophysics, geology, reservoir and completions engineering backgrounds. As well as those with strong sales, functional or management experience, particularly in the oilfield services market.


We have the collective spirit of caring for each other. With that in mind, we are proud of our comprehensive benefits packages that include medical plans with little or no monthly contributions, generous contributions to employee Health Savings Accounts and 100% vesting of company contributions to your 401(k) plan.

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    I love the people of MicroSeismic Inc. I feel lucky to have worked with such a bunch of kind, smart, fun people. There is a small company familiarity between employees of all levels and many employees meet socially outside of work. VPs and Management are commonly seen chatting and joking with production employees on a first name or nickname basis. The sharing of ideas is strongly encouraged for all employees. The benefits are very nice for the whole company and for the Denver office, you get a RTD pass and a parking space downtown. The company is flexible about core hours and time commitments outside of work for example I was allowed to regularly keep a later start to the day so that I could attend my prefered exercise class.


    The workload is challenging and time consuming. After hours work happens... alot. This doesn't happen all the time but I was warned when I signed up, and have found it to be true that things can get very fast paced working here, and there will be some all-nighters.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between departments would increase efficiency. Continue to encourage inter-departmental socialization and communication. Technical documentation, training and internal information distribution should be improved.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at MicroSeismic (Houston, TX).


    Interviewed separately by five different people. It was a half day process. There was some confusion regarding what position I was interviewing for, but it was clarified before I left. Less than a week after I interviewed, I received a phone call telling me they were going to offer me the position. I received the offer a couple of days later. I think this was a much shorter process for me than for most people.

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    I did not attempt to negotiate

MicroSeismic Awards & Accolades

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Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, Inc. 5000, 2012
Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, Inc. 5000, 2013

Additional Info

Headquarters Houston, TX
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2003
Type Company - Private
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Competitors Schlumberger, Halliburton, CGG

MicroSeismic, Inc. is an oilfield services company providing completions evaluation services and real-time monitoring and mapping of hydraulic fracture operations in unconventional oil and gas plays.

Founded in 2003, MicroSeismic invented the use of surface microseismic monitoring to listen to the naturally occurring, low-energy seismic noise emitted from a reservoir during... More

Mission: Our vision is of a world in which every completion is optimized through real-time monitoring and evaluation.

Our mission is to exceed customers’ expectations by... More

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