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How ISTI is responding to COVID-19

March 16, 2020 Update

At ISTI, the health and safety of employees is our number one priority. We are following guidelines from Federal, State and local public health authorities.

Given the changes over just the past few days, it has become much clearer that attendance at industry meetings, although not officially postponed as of yet, is unlikely to occur unless the COVID-19 situation improves significantly. Currently, we are not planning any upcoming business travel.

As mentioned in the earlier communique, ISTI is a company whose primary delivery model is remote work. As such we are well suited to maintain continuity of operations.

For the networks we operate, we have trained local technicians who can respond to needs for field maintenance. Our data analysts will continue to monitor and respond to seismic events from those networks. Our software development team will continue to deliver on current and planned projects. We will monitor employees health and family responsibilities and make adjustments as needed to maintain operations.

Again, please call or drop us a note to discuss your requirements. We would be happy to see or hear from you and to talk about how we successfully collaborate as a remote team.

March 12, 2020

ISTI has been looking forward to meeting with colleagues and customers at a number of upcoming industry conferences over the next two months.

It is becoming increasingly uncertain whether these events will occur, or whether our employees will be able to travel due to cancelled events, regional or national border restrictions, reduced airline service or for personal reasons. 

In the news these days there is considerable coverage of employers asking employees to work remotely. Coincidentally, this has been ISTI’s core business model since the company’s inception 22 years ago. 

ISTI promotes an environment where team members work remotely and are responsible for their own results. All take pride in ensuring each contributes to deliverables on schedule. We have learned what it takes to successfully execute projects with team members spread throughout the world.

ISTI will continue to deliver on our various work in progress and will remain available for colleague or customer meetings using the same remote work technologies that we have leveraged internally.

Please call or drop us a note to discuss your requirements. We would be happy to see or hear you and even to talk about how we collaborate as a remote team.  For us, it will be business as usual.

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake stops well completion in Oklahoma

A recent Richter Magnitude 3.4 earthquake (OGS magnitude) was felt and caused the shut-in of a well being completed in Oklahoma. This closure and the logic for monitoring was discussed in a recent article in “The Oklahoman”. The closure of a well highlights the benefit of close-in Seismic Monitoring and use of a Traffic Light Protocol in the SCOOP/STACK formation. Monitoring provides the ability to warn of impending increases in seismic activity that can sometimes foreshadow larger sequences. Many operators work with ISTI to provide tight monitoring of wells that are in areas of concern to larger seismic events in Oklahoma as an insurance against shut-in.

New paper on Eagle Ford play shows earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing

As noted in the Houston Chronical news article, a new study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters indicates that much of the recent seismicity in the Eagle Ford shale gas play in Texas is induced by hydraulic fracturing. Fasola and her colleagues found a significant correlation between completion activity on wells and earthquakes close by. They further noted a large increase in seismicity that was coincident with the operations that was over 30 times the background seismicity rate for the area in 2018. The state seismic network, TexNet, provides earthquake locations to operators and the public during business day operations, but if operators need rapid and more timely access to data, ISTI provides a Rapid Notification Service from our cloud system that is operating 24×7. Get notified of an earthquake in your area of operation as it unfolds.

If more stations are necessary, ISTI provides rental equipment and crews to deploy stations at a moments notice. We also have professional seismologists to help with regulatory issues related to seismicity. Contact us today to see how we can apply our analytics and experience to your operation’s seismicity issues.

Visit ISTI @ IUGG 2019 in Montreal

Visit us at booth #109, IUGG 2019

Montreal Canada  |  8 – 17 July

Meet our team at IUGG in Montreal and learn about the latest offerings.  Paul Friberg & Sid Hellman will be available to answer your questions. Come see the new GEObit GEOtiny digital seismometer (wide-band seismometer and accelerometer all in one convenient package).

Paul Friberg at ISTI’s IUGG booth Exhibitor list
Sid Hellman at ISTI’s IUGG booth The GEOtiny seismometer in action!

ISTI et. al “Radioxenon net count calculations revisited” article

ISTI is pleased to share the “Radioxenon net count calculations revisited” article from the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, featuring Matthias Auer of ISTI as second author.

Abstract

Since 1998, there have been improvements in the capability to detect atmospheric radioxenon in the International Monitoring System operated by the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The upgrades have resulted in next-generation versions of the radioxenon systems. This paper explores radioxenon data analysis
improvements beyond the original radioxenon beta–gamma analysis equations that were formulated in 2000 . . . read more here.

ISTI at CTBT SnT Conference June 24 to 28, 2019

ISTI presents, participates and sponsors the 2019 Science And Technology Conference in Vienna Austria this week, June 24 to 28, 2019. ISTI’s Sid Hellman, Matthias Auer, and Josh Stachnik are all at the meeting and looking forward to discussing our work with you. Visit ISTI at Booth #3 in the exhibit space and please come and see our poster on Wednesday T3.5 poster 67 on our Radionuclide work:

STACK DATA PROCESSING PIPELINE, M. Auer, S. Hellman, J. Friese, B. Schrom, T. Bowyer, L. Metz, C. Doll

ISTI @ NY Celebration of Women in Computing, April 12-13, 2019

Sid Hellman of ISTI welcomes attendees to visit him at the 6th ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, April 12-13, 2019, at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY.

With over 20 years’ experience in scientific software, Sid will be available to share his expertise.

The event program may be found here: http://nycwic.hosting.acm.org/nycwic-2019/program-2019/

Register Now: Earthworm 5-day Course 2019

2019 Earthworm Course in New Paltz, NY, June 3 – 7

This 3 – 7 June, ISTI will host another of our popular Earthworm training courses in New Paltz, New York. This will be our traditional 5-day course. Our full ad may be found here.

We ask that interested students — and any colleagues who wish to join —

please register by 1 March via our contact form.

ISTI CEO and Founder, Paul Friberg teaching EW students. Photographer, ISTI Staff

We’ll cover:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Archiving and Playback of data
  • Data exchange
  • Visualization tools
  • Overview of various non-Earthworm post-processing options
  • Tuning for Earthquake Location and Magnitudes
  • Programming new modules, learning APIs

In addition, we will provide a tuning session for anyone that wants to bring their network’s Earthworm configuration to the course. We will show you how to playback your data and tune the earthquake location engine.

This course will be useful to anyone setting up, managing, tuning, or developing for an Earthworm system.  See full class details here (inc. location, transportation, etc.).

Again, if you plan to join the Spring ISTI EW 5-day class,

please register by 1 March via our contact form.

Thank you in advance for your confirmation of attendance.