Category Archives: Announcements

ISTI @ IAEA Safeguards Symposium in Vienna, Austria, 5-8 Nov. 2018

ISTI will be attending the Quadrennial IAEA Safeguards Symposium in Vienna, Austria, 5-8 November 2018.

Visit us at our booth.  Details to come.   

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. ISTI team members, Ilya Dricker, Matthias Auer, Scott Fertig, Serhiy Vasilyev, and Sid Hellman, will be available to answer your questions.

ISTI Presentations

View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract info below. Continue reading

ISTI at the Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018

Sid Hellman of ISTI (the US distributor of GEObit instrumentation) is attending the IRIS Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018 in Tucson, Arizona, October 30 to 31.

ISTI specializes in developing custom data acquisition, analysis, and processing software for the geophysical sciences. Microseismic data acquisition and processing are performed by custom solutions using existing open source software as a foundation, saving our customers both time and money. ISTI provides several products and services covering all geophysical applications and monitoring needs of the industry.

GEObit provides high sensitivity wide-band and near broad-band seismic sensors, surface or borehole type, and high dynamic range, low power 32bit ADC data loggers with local data storage and real-time telemetry over seedlink protocol. We are focusing on low power and cost-efficient solutions so we provide to our customer seismic networks with low installation and maintenance costs. Our instruments are ideal for local and regional seismicity and micro-seismicity monitoring and for seismic events such as those induced by unconventional hydrocarbon extraction. Our high fidelity data loggers ensure that these signals are recorded with the highest resolution and timing accuracy.

Please look for Sid to discuss GEObit, or anything else seismic related. 

Visit the Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018 website for more information on this event.

ISTI Presents @ GA ESC in Malta, 2 – 7 Sept. 2018

ISTI and Geobit, join together at The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in Valletta, Malta, 2 – 7 September 2018.

Visit us at booth #8

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. Nikos Germenis (Geobit), and Paul Friberg (ISTI) will be available to answer your questions.

ISTI Presentations

View the ISTI poster schedule & abstract info below. Continue reading

ISTI Presenting at SSA, 14-17 May 2018, Miami, FL

ISTI is presenting  at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, being held in Miami, Florida 14 – 17 May 2018.  The ISTI presenters welcome anyone attending the SSA annual meeting to stop by and chat with them.


View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract links below.

Paul Friberg (ISTI) (with coauthors from Cedarville University, Miami University, & USGS) Observed Characteristics of Induced Seismicity: From Laboratory to Field Scale Wed., 16 May 5:00 PM @ Flagler Room
Paul Friberg (ISTI) (with coauthors from the U.S. Geological Survey & U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs} Recent Advances in Dense Array Seismology Wed.,  16 May Poster @ Riverfront South Room

ISTI’s Rapid Notification Service in Oklahoma helps Operators meet new Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations that Require Seismic Monitoring

On February 27, 2018, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) announced new seismic monitoring requirements for minimizing felt induced seismicity from hydraulic fracturing operations in the SCOOP/STACK play. The new requirements state that operators must have access to a seismic monitoring array.  They must take action at magnitue 2.0 (Richter scale) and pause for 6 hours at magnitude 2.5. This is a 0.5 reduction in magnitude levels from previous regulations.

News articles in Oil Price, Reuters, and Bloomberg News and in local Oklahoma media outlets KFOR, Tulsa World, and The Oklahoman are already reporting that operators are taking the new regulations seriously and are installing private networks like those installed and operated by ISTI and it’s partners (HMSC, Inc and GEObit). ISTI can help operators in this region with our real-time monitoring networks for the duration of their completions or for an entire field-wide view using our Rapid Notification Service (RNS) product. ISTI’s Oklahoma and Kansas subscription based RNS provides operators with the information to act before regulators react to any events that may be caused by their completion operations.  An example is a recent 2.1 magnitude earthquake; subscribers were notified within 2 minutes after it occurred (see event map with locating stations below). As a result of the rapid information, nearby operators could modify their well treatment plans for the next stages and attempt to mitigate further larger events.

The cost of being shut-down temporarily for any nuisance earthquakes can be quite high for operators. Rapid information provided by ISTI’s service can allow operators to take action before being required to pause or curtail operations. While the hazard of earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing is low, there is still the potential for it to trigger larger felt earthquakes as has been observed in Canada. Operators, on the other hand, can mitigate impact to their businesses by taking proper precautions.

Rapid Earthquake Notification Service: Timely Support to Key States

Operators can increase their response time with ISTI’s Rapid Earthquake Notification Service. Automated reports are further validated by the seismologist on watch.  Operators receive data tailored to their acreage & operation.

ISTI provides the tools for oil and gas operators to receive the rapid earthquake information, often critical to satisfying regulations. The service provides rapid earthquake notification information in the Central and Eastern USA, covering the states of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

ISTI provides two levels of 24/7 email notification service to industry operators: basic and premium service levels.  For either service we can rapidly notify within 60 seconds of an earthquake in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Service - RapidEarthquakeNotification - Chart hi res For other other states where induced seismicity is an hotbed issue, like Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, ISTI provides rapid earthquake notifications in less than 120 seconds of an event occurring.  ISTI uses a finely-tuned automated earthquake detection and reporting system configured for seismic stations operating in the Central and Eastern USA.

Read more here.

Induced Seismicity: AGI Webinar, 14 April 2017

State Responses to Induced Earthquakes

Join Steven Dade for his AGI OhioNET: State of Ohio’s Response to Induced Seismicity talk, which will include examples of ISTI’s tools and services, including:

  • Map View HypocentersOhioNET Earthworm System
  • Plot of Induced Seismic Events
  • Depth and Map Views of Hypocenters

Steve Dade is a Geologist from Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management.  He will be joined by Jeremy Boak and Michael H. Young, experts from the state
governments in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively.  Each will present on state responses to induced earthquakes at the AGI Policy & Critical Issues Webinar.

AGIFriday, April 14, 2017 at 2:00pm ET

Recorded AGI Webinar

AGI Policy & Critical Issues webinar

Background: The surge in recent years of earthquake activity associated with some oil and gas operations, most notably in Oklahoma, has spurred a range of actions and responses from state geoscientists and regulators. States have taken measures to monitor these earthquakes and moderate the activities that may be causing them, particularly the deep underground injection of large volumes of wastewater. Many states with extensive oil and gas operations but little or no increased earthquake activity have also adopted practices to prevent and prepare for potential induced earthquakes in their area.

The speakers are:

  • Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma
  • Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management

Insurance of Seismic Monitoring

ISTI CEO, Paul Friberg, monitors seismic activity for a client from his office.

ISTI CEO, Paul Friberg, monitors seismic activity for a client from his office.

With increased regulations to strengthen the monitoring of seismic activity in the U.S. and abroad, companies using hydraulic fracturing face risk of well closure if they do not employ effective monitoring.  Two U.S. companies are rising to the challenge.  Armed with a team of experts in using the U.S. Government’s EarthWorm Seismic Monitoring system and coupled with proprietary techniques, ISTI and its partner HMSC Inc equips companies with Geobit instruments to meet their exploration and regulatory monitoring needs.

img_2988b“If you are completing a hydraulic fracture well in a region where there is potential to induce seismicity,” says CEO and Senior Seismologist Paul Friberg, “ISTI can help to try and prevent you from getting shut-down by using seismic monitoring to alert you as events start to appear or get larger. The insurance of monitoring is far cheaper than the cost of temporary shut-in or worse.”  ISTI uses HMSC Inc to deploy the Geobit equipment in the field for each client (photos at bottom).  The seismic equipment collects critical data, which is then transmitted to ISTI’s seismologists and software to model and interpret.  The team then configures and maintains continuous real-time monitoring systems.  ISTI is not new to this science by any means, boasting over 20 years real-time seismic monitoring.  Customers include some of the largest research institutions, NGOs and E&P companies doing cutting edge work.

The trend of companies, strategically hiring teams of experts such as ISTI, has grown with increasing regulations.  It is vital for those positioned in states like Oklahoma and Ohio, for example, to satisfy fracking regulations in order to operate.  In Ohio, a seismic monitoring plan is required for any horizontal well drilled within 3 miles of either a known fault in the Precambrian basement or a seismic event greater than 2 magnitude that occurred since 1999.  Completion activities are required to stop if an event as low as 2.0M is detected, threatening their project deadlines.  600 miles away, in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Geological Survey is meeting an anticipation of increased operations with guidelines focused on hydraulic fracturing. Mitigation procedures are required of businesses for magnitudes as low as 2.5M within 1.25 miles of hydro-fracking sites.  Companies face suspension of operations at 3.5M.

With such increased governance, penalties and even press exposure, it is in the best interest of hydraulic fracturing or waste water injection firms to gain greater intelligence on seismic activity.   ISTI’s services have already provided valuable data to operators of injection wells and producers in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utica shale-play regions.  ISTI’s data can be monitored by any mobile device, and email or text alerts are sent when a seismic event is triggered, or equipment malfunctions. Such detection can provide operators with the knowledge necessary to help minimize risks and economical losses.  Sometimes, this can be accomplished by making simple adjustments to pumping rates and pressure that might otherwise have resulted in large


The field crew’s view when looking back from a day’s work installing equipment for a customer.

activity. Knowing that they have made a positive difference for both the environment and for each customer’s business, ISTI staff can look back on their days’ work and feel good.




ISTI Presents at AGU in San Francisco, December 2016

agu-poster-dec-2016-grid-search-approachISTI is presenting  at the AGU Fall Meeting being held in San Francisco, 12-16 December 2016. In addition, ISTI welcomes you to visit our team at our AGU exhibit (booth 1115) throughout the week.

View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract links below.

Paul A Friberg (w/ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory presenters) S23C-2791: Modernization of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Seismic Processing Infrastructure Tues., 13 Dec. 13:40 – 18:00
Ilya Dricker (w/CTBTO presenters) S31A-2696: IMS Seismic and Infrasound Stations Instrumental Challenges Wed.,  14 Dec. 08:00 – 12:20
Ben Baker (w/Univ. of Washington and USGS presenters) S31C-2781: Refined modeling of Seattle basin amplification Wed.,  14 Dec. 08:00 – 12:20
Kirill Khrustalev S31A-2691: Improvements in Calibration and Analysis of the CTBT-relevant Radioxenon Isotopes with High Resolution SiPIN-based Electron Detectors Wed.,  14 Dec. 08:00 – 12:20
Josh Stachnick & Ben Baker (w/CTBTO presenter) S31A-2704: An Improved Method for Seismic Event Depth and Moment Tensor Determination: CTBT Related Application Wed.,  14 Dec. 08:00 – 12:20
Josh Stachnick & Ben Baker   (w/ JAMSTEC and CTBTO presenters) S33E-05: Synthetic seismograms of Jan. 6, 2016 DPRK event calculated by the Earth Simulator Wed.,  14 Dec. 15:18 – 15:33
Paul A Friberg S43C-2888: 2016 Hydrofracture Induced Earthquakes in Ohio Thurs., 15 Dec. 13:40 – 18:00
Paul A Friberg, Josh Stachnick & Ben Baker S51E-3176: Moment Tensor Estimation using a Grid-Search approach for the Pawnee, Oklahoma Mw 5.8 Earthquake Fri.,      16 Dec. 08:00 – 12:20

*All take place at Moscone South, Poster Hall


ISTI is also mentioned in the LASSO poster for the software we developed for IRIS.