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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.

Introduction to Earthworm and AQMS at 2020 SAGE-GAGE Workshop

2020 Introduction to Earthworm/AQMS Course@Online 2020 SAGE-GAGE Workshop

Participants will :

  • Learn Earthworm Architecture and how to add and configure a module
  • Understanding how analysts can use AQMS for their seismic network

Earthworm is used primarily as a local and regional seismic data aggregator and automatic seismic event detection system. This Introduction will give examples of how Earthworm is used, will discuss the architecture, and will go into the basics of system configuration. If you add a Linux AQMS to Earthworm you get an event post-processing and databasing system. We will discuss Postgres database architecture, as well as describe how automatic event detection flows from Earthworm into AQMS. Finally, we’ll demo the platform-independent Jiggle post-processing picker software.

Intended audience: seismic network managers, system administrators, seismic analysts

ISTI Welcomes Peter Devanney

Peter Devanney 
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Peter Devanney

As ISTI’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Peter Devanney is responsible for ISTI’s worldwide marketing and sales. Supporting the next stage of ISTI’s growth, Peter works with the ISTI team to deliver innovative environmental monitoring products and services focused on our customers’ mission success.

Bringing more than 30 years of successful international technical sales and marketing experience to ISTI, Peter most recently played a major role in the transformation of a seismological equipment and services provider from fifth in the market to No. 1. Peter’s very early career focused on geophysical software development. A transition to technical sales in the telecommunications industry followed, providing Peter with experience in radio networks and VSAT systems, which he has used in the design of many mission-critical seismic monitoring networks. 

A graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Peter has been a long-time wilderness Search and Rescue volunteer. While no longer actively involved day to day, he still plays a role as an Incident Management consultant.

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.

ISTI at AMS Annual Meeting on 14 January 2020 in Boston, MA

Sid & Stefan of ISTI welcome you to meet them at the 100th AMS Annual Meeting on 14 January 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.

With over 30 years’ combined experience in scientific software, Sid Hellman and Stefan Lisowski will be available to share their expertise.

100th AMS Annual Meeting | 14 January 2020 | Boston, MA

Contact us now to arrange a meet up with Sid and Stefan.

Meet the ISTI team at the AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA 2020.

If you wish to discuss custom software development, Tsunami monitoring, or other products and services that ISTI excels in with Sid and Stefan, contact us now.

Sidney Hellman: President,  Stefan Lisowski: Senior Software Developer, COS.

ISTI at AGU 9 – 13 Dec. 2019 in San Francisco

ISTI & Geobit  join together at the AGU Annual Meeting in San Francisco 9 – 13 Dec. 2019.  We are a team providing a complete seismic monitoring solution. Contact us through SHM.works.

With 65+ years of combined experience, GEObit and ISTI are joining forces to become the most competitive and fastest growing joint venture group in the seismic monitoring services industry.

Providing state-of-the-art seismic instruments, network design, installation techniques, data monitoring and processing services, our group is able to deliver a cost-effective total solution to the energy exploration & production industry, especially to the oil, gas and geothermal sector. Our key benefits are that we produce in-house hardware and software while installing and maintaining the microseismic monitoring network to ensure a high level of data quality and availability. In other words, we make the technology – we apply the technology – we offer the technology.


Geobit Digitizer. Photo, courtesy of Geobit.

We have worldwide experience having installed and operated seismic networks all over the world, from Indonesia/Papua jungle to the Middle East desert, from Alaska glaciers to Himalayan Mountains. In the USA, we are currently running many dedicated microseismic monitoring projects with over 200 stations installed in the past 10 years.

AGU 2019 - American Geophysical Union conference

Visit us at booth #835, AGU 2019

San Francisco, CA USA  |  9 – 13 December

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. Dimitris Mourtzouchos & Nikos Germenis (Geobit), Paul Friberg & Sid Hellman (ISTI), and others will be available to answer your questions. Continue reading

Structural Health Monitoring


“Monitoring building behavior upon earthquake impact.”

Seismic monitoring systems provide critical data on building behavior during earthquakes, improve understanding of structural stability, and lead to better building codes. Additional benefits include reduced inspection time after large earthquakes, since onsite visits by engineers may not be necessary when enough data are available. Our systems help satisfy common government requirements for seismic instrumentation when monitoring earthquakes in critical or large buildings. Continue reading

ISTI Now Offers AQMS, a Software Installation and Support Service, in a Postgres Version

For further information, reference the Seismological Research Letters article “Open-Source ANSS Quake Monitoring System Software”.


ANSS stands for the Advanced National Seismic System of the U.S.A., and ANSS Quake Monitoring System (AQMS) is the earthquake management system (EMS) that most of its member regional seismic networks (RSNs) use. AQMS is based on Earthworm, but instead of storing files on disk, it uses a relational database with replication capability to store pick, amplitude, waveform, and event parameters. Continue reading