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How ISTI is responding to COVID-19

April 24, 2020 Update

ISTI’s Sid Hellman put together a nice Web UI to help people find the number of cases in their counties in the USA. The data are care of the New York Times (https://github.com/nytimes/covid-19-data) and the UI is done in JavaScript. Please refer to the CDC web pages for what you should be doing to be safe from 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.

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ISTI at AGU 1 – 17 Dec. 2020 as Virtual Supporters

ISTI & GEObit join together at the AGU 2020 Online Virtual meeting, 1 – 17 December 2020. 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 | ISTI is a proud distributor | Photo, courtesy of GEObit.
GEObit Digitizer | ISTI is a proud distributor | 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.

ISTI and GEOBit will be available virtually as AGU Supporters.

  • Stay tuned for:
  • what ISTI can do for you
  • how to meet our crew during AGU
  • and interesting extras we’ll be offering, like our virtual ISTI/GEObit beer hour!
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Fall 2020 SeisComP Course

ISTI is a GFZ authorized open source developer of SeisComP modules and has years of system integration experience.

2020 SeisComP Course Online, September 14 – 18 and 21 – 24; 9 days; 4 hrs/day. Start time: 12:30pm 1/2hr break at 2:30pm, finish time 5pm. New York Time (EDT).

Note: We had so much success with the online EW course this year that we’re offering our first online SeisComP course, focusing on the SeisComP 4 open source version!

This 14 – 18 (Mon. – Fri.) and 21 – 24 (Mon. – Thurs.) September 2020, ISTI will host another one of our popular training courses, online (9 days total), this time on SeisComP version 4.

SeisComP is an open-source earthquake data acquisition and global location processing system. SeisComP is used worldwide because of its user-friendly graphical interface, automatic earthquake locations, and manual post-processing options.

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ISTI Classroom, 2018

In the course, we will focus on the open-source version of SeisComP version 4; free for non-commercial uses. We will be providing an expert’s insight into the system. You’ll be taught data acquisition and archiving. You’ll learn how to configure and tune global, regional or local automatic seismic event detection. When the course is over you’ll be able to improve automatic solutions by re-picking with the graphical user interface.

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2020 Summer EW Course

2020 Earthworm Course Online, August 17 – 21 and 24 – 27; 9 days; 4 hrs./day. Start time: 1pm New York Time (EDT).

Note: We had so much interest in the online course this year that we’re offering an additional Earthworm summer course! If there is a sufficient number of registrations (which seems very likely), it will take place.

This 17 – 21 (Mon. – Fri.) and 24 – 27 (Mon. – Thurs.) August 2020, ISTI will host another of our popular Earthworm training courses, online (9 days total). Earthworm is the popular open-source regional earthquake data acquisition and location processing system. Originally developed by the USGS, it is now maintained and moved forward by a group of developers that ISTI organizes. ISTI is trying to offer the same content in our online course with nine 4-hour days, as ISTI would offer in the face to face course — 4.5 full days.

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One of ISTI’s popular classes. Photographer, ISTI Staff.

In the course, we will be providing an expert’s insight into the system. You will learn tricks and tips from our decades of experience operating and programming Earthworm. You will learn how to set up regional automatic earthquake detection with the latest release of Earthworm.

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View ISTI/RESIF e-poster presented at EGU General Assembly Online, 7 May 2020

RESIF presented Abstract D1661 EGU2020-19125 Yasmine: A New Tool for stationXML, at an Online Live Chat

Watch the video of the e-presentation here (abstract at bottom):

View the PDF of the e-presentation here: https://isti.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Yasmine-EGU-Presentation-20200505.pdf

Additional conference details and videos may be found via the EGU conference page: EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online


In 1987 The International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks (FDSN) was formed and the SEED (Standard for the Exchange of Earthquake Data) format was adopted as its standard for digital seismic data exchange.  In addition, since at least 1991, it has been common practice to generate dataless SEED volumes, containing only station metadata, for distribution.  The success of the SEED format as a global standard can be judged from the high level of data exchange in the  seismological community.

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POSTPONED until Aug. 2021: Introduction to Earthworm/AQMS SAGE-GAGE Workshop

Please look for details in Summer 2021. At that time, the following will be available.

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

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The Online 2020 SAGE-GAGE Workshop is brought to you by IRIS and UNAVCO.

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.