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.

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.

This course will be useful to anyone setting up, managing, tuning, or doing post-processing work on a SeisComP3 or 4 system.

The immersive hands-on course will cover:

  • Initial installation, including database configuration
  • Station inventory, station XML, dataless SEED
  • Data acquisition from digitizers, public sources, including Seedlink bindings
  • Automatic event location bindings
  • Data export to other organizations running SeisComP, Earthworm
  • FDSN Web Services
  • Data archiving with Seedlink and slarchive
  • Work with the SeisComP GUIs, including viewing event catalogs, and post-processing — picking and relocating events
  • Event Playback and system tuning
  • Troubleshooting

The course will be taught by Paul Friberg and Stefan Lisowski who have been working with SeiscomP over the last decade!

ISTI course student Justin Ball relaxing after class

When: September 14 – 18 & 21 – 24 (9 days at 4 hrs/day). Start time: 12:30pm New York Time (EDT).

Where: Online. (a link will be sent in advance to join the class).

We strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible due to limited seating. Contact ISTI for availability  Note: If you’d like to learn something specific, please contact us in advance and we will attempt to address your interests.


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 of $2495 Introductory online rate! $2295 for non-commercial organizations or $4995 $4595 for commercial organizations 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.


ISTI is an open-source developer of SeisComP modules and has years of system integration experience: ISTI has a license from GFZ allowing ISTI to help worldwide with installations, custom software, or training on SeisComP.

  • Paul Friberg – ISTI Chief Operating Officer- Paul has been working in seismology since 1986. Over the years, he has worked with many different seismology software packages, including IRIS PASSCAL Software, Seisan, Earthworm, AQMS and SeisComP. He has installed seismology software and provided support for many organizations around the world.
  • Stefan Lisowski – Senior Software Developer – Stefan has been working with seismic software since 2006 and SeisComP since 2012.
Class dinner. Photographer, Stefan Lisowksi.
Class dinner. Photographer, Stefan Lisowksi.


  • Prerequisite: arrange to utilize 2 monitors during the class (to enable viewing two instructor presentation screens). Please ensure both monitors work as intended in advance. The SeiscomP software doesn’t require a fast computer, but a computer that can view two screens of video may need to be reasonably fast. If you can’t have two monitors connected to the same computer, a 2nd computer (eg: two laptops next to each other) will work fine.
  • Intel or AMD-based laptop capable of running VirtualBox (virtualization option in BIOS required), with 30 gb free disk space and a minimum of 4gb of RAM (recommended 8gb or more of RAM).
  • It is recommended that students have a background in basic seismology and seismology applications. Familiarity with command-line software a plus.
  • Basic understanding of the UNIX operating system.
    • If you don’t have UNIX experience — though it takes time to become proficient, here is a good link to a one-day Shell Workshop by Udacity (free at time of posting) https://www.udacity.com/course/shell-workshop–ud206. (Click the link, don’t copy and paste for this particular link.)

Deadline: August 30th:  We strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible due to limited seating. Contact ISTI for availability as the number of course participants is limited.

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