2018 Fall EW Intensive

I just took the week-long ISTI EW class, as the saying goes, ‘like drinking from a firehose’ it was a fun and rewarding week. I learned a lot! – Angel Rodriguez

2018 ISTI Advanced Earthworm Course 3-Day Intensive in Washington, D.C., 6 – 8 December

This December 6th through 8th, ISTI will host another of our popular Earthworm training courses in Washington, D.C., this time as a 3-day intensive. 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 CEO and Founder, Paul Friberg teaching EW students. Photographer, Stefan Lisowski.

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.

This course will be for folks who have a basic Earthworm knowledge or want to learn quickly how to lash up a system. Everyone will go home with a working EW system or a better tuned one if you already have a system running at your network.

If pre-AGU timing doesn’t work for you, ISTI will be holding our popular annual 5-day course in lovely Saratoga Springs, NY in June of 2019. An example of that annual 5-day spring course may be found here: https://isti.com/services/training/earthworm/2018-spring-ew-course/.

For pricing inquiries, please note your course of interest. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

The immersive hands-on course will cover:

  • Earthworm refresher: A quick lesson on the EW basics in case people have forgotten how the core architecture works and the basic commands
  • Advanced topics like magnitudes and ground motion values
  • New tricks e.g. Python, SeisNetWatch
  • Earthquake location
  • Running NonLinLoc and Hypoinverse with Earthworm
  • Tuning of participants’ binder and locations

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.

The course will be taught by Paul Friberg and Alex Schnackenberg who have a combined experience with Earthworm of over 25 years!


One-on-one collaboration, 2014.


Deadline: November 1st:  We strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible due to limited seating. Contact ISTI for availability as the course is limited to 12 participants.  


Here is what students have said about ISTI courses.

“I walked into your course with basically zero . . . experience,
and I came home with everything I needed to finally get all our
[systems] working after months of frustration.”

“Hands-on Demonstrations. [The instructors] were all great
about explaining the goal, and were helpful when issues arose.”

“I really enjoyed the practical hands-on parts: both having us set up systems, and watching you configure systems. It just helped me better understand the practical issues I’m likely to run into. (That being said, the lectures were important as a foundation . . . ).”


Payment can be made anytime up to a week before the start day of the class. Please call (518) 602-0001 if you need additional information.

Class dinner. Photographer, Stefan Lisowksi.



  • Paul Friberg, ISTI Chief Operating Officer – Paul has been working with Earthworm since 1998. Over the years, he has developed and fixed many modules, and has installed and provided Earthworm support for many organizations around the world.
  • Alex Schnackenberg, Senior Software Developer – Alex has been doing SeisComP3 software development work since 2014, writing new modules, features and plug-ins.  He has also been working on Earthworm since 2014, including upgrading existing codes and implementing IPV6.


  • Laptop capable of running Earthworm. You will need administrative privileges on this laptop.
  • If you wish to be able to compile the latest Earthworm from scratch, or you wish to learn how to program Earthworm yourself, you’ll need a C compiler for your laptop.
    • If you’re using Windows, then Microsoft Visual C Compiler (2003 or newer). Free Microsoft Visual Studio Express is okay.
  • For the Programming Day: Some experience with C programming is important.

It is strongly recommended that students have a background in basic seismology and seismology applications.


Travel Considerations

  Course Location

The Earthworm Course is taught at:

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
USA Tel.: +1 202-824-9200


  Accommodation in Washington, D.C.

Recommended Hotel

We recommend staying at the Marriott Marquis.  If you wish to stay there, please contact ISTI directly a.s.a.p. to secure reservations as we have blocked off a set of rooms for any interested students on a first come, first served basis.  Any reservations on this block must go through ISTI rather than the hotel.

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
USA Tel.: +1 202-824-9200

Alternative Hotel Options

See the recommended travel accommodations posted on the AGU website.


Major Airports in Washington, D.C.

There are three major airports in the D.C. area:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Travel from the Airport

Affordable shuttles are available on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center airport Transportation Site and information on direction and parking can be found on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Directions page.  Please note that these links pertain to the AGU conference and not the EW Class Intensive, but nonetheless contain some helpful travel resources and tips.


Don’t Forget!

Deadline: November 1st. We strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible due to limited seating. Contact ISTI for availability as the course is limited to 12 participants

Want updates for future classes? Join the Earthworm Google Group mailing list (we’ll send details closer to each class).