Fall 2019 SeisComP3

ISTI is a GFZ authorized open source developer of SeisComP3 modules and has years of system integration experience.

2019 SeisComP3 Course in New Paltz, NY, September 23 – 27

This September 23 – 27, ISTI will host another one of our training courses, this time on SeisComp3 in New Paltz, New York.

SeisComP3 is a popular open source earthquake data acquisition and global location processing system. SeisComP3 is used worldwide because of its user-friendly graphical interface, automatic earthquake locations, and manual post-processing options.

ISTI course student Justin Ball relaxing after class ISTI instructor Stefan Lisowski

In the course, we will focus on the open source version of SeisComP3; 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 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 SeisComP3, Earthworm
  • FDSN Web Services
  • Data archiving with Seedlink and slarchive
  • Work with the SeisComP3 GUIs, including viewing event catalogs, and post-processing — picking and relocating events
  • Event Playback and system tuning
  • Troubleshooting

Note: Class times are 9am to 4 pm or 5pm, depending on the pace.  We generally end the class around lunchtime on the last day to allow time for those who have flights to catch them, though an optional Q&A session may be possible after lunch depending on schedules and interest.

ISTI Classroom, 2018

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. 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 for non-commercial organizations or $4995 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 SeisComP3 modules and has years of system integration experience: ISTI has a license from GFZ allowing ISTI to help world-wide with installations, custom software or training on SeisComP3.

  • Stefan Lisowski – Senior Software Developer – Stefan has been working with seismic software since 2006 and SeisComP3 since 2012.
  • Alex Schnackenberg – Senior Software Developer – Alex has been doing SeisComP3 software development work since 2014, writing new modules, features and plug-ins.


  • Intel or AMD-based laptop capable of running VirtualBox (virtualization option in BIOS required), with 100 gb free disk space and a minimum of 2gb of RAM (recommended 4gb or more of RAM). USB port. You should have administrative privileges on this laptop.
  • 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.

Travel Considerations

  Course Location

The Earthworm Course is taught at: 

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
4 S Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
USA Tel: (845) 255-4200

  Accommodation in New Paltz

Transport – Hotel to Class

  • For those who prefer to go by foot, the recommended hotel below is within a 25 minute walk from downtown.
  • For those who prefer a ride, we recommend Uber or Lyft, a 4 minute drive.

Recommended Hotel

We recommend staying at the Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz; we typically get a small discount for students when we commit to a block of rooms for the course. A reservation link will be sent by email after you have registered for the class.

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
4 S Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
USA Tel: (845) 255-4200

Other options

Other accommodations are available in the area (a sampling is listed below), but please note that most are not generally in walking distance from town and so we do recommend the Hampton Inn above.  Here is Google’s list of accommodations in the area, including map, for the curious: goo.gl/a72QBS.

Rodeway Inn & Suites
601 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 883-7373

Americas Best Value Inn – New Paltz
7 Terwilliger Ln, New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-8865

Econo Lodge
530 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-6200

Please Note: ISTI does not recommend the New Paltz Hostel because it can be very loud near the bus terminal.


Travel Apps

  • Rome2Rio offers an easy way for you to view connections from plane to taxi to train to foot.  Just plug in your departure & destination locations.  Click on the resulting options to drill down for details, to order train tickets, etc..
  • Lyft is an alternative to taxis. It is available in Albany, New Paltz area, and New York City
  • Uber is an alternative to taxis.  It is available in New Paltz area, New York City, and Albany.

Note: Some may find Lyft or Uber to offer a better experience than taxi’s. Do not rely on taxi service in New Paltz.

Getting to New Paltz

If you are flying but not planning to rent a car, though the Albany (ALB) and Stewart (SWF) airports are closer (1 1/2 hour and 30 minutes drive respectively), it may be more economical, and involve fewer stops on your journey to fly into New York City or Newark, New Jersey, though plan on at least 3 hours of bus or train travel after that.

Tip: If you don’t mind a short walk, and you happen to be staying at the Hampton Inn, taking the bus to the New Paltz Park and Ride (instead of the New Paltz terminal) may save some time.  It’s a .5 mile/1 km./10 minute walk from there to the Hampton Inn.  This will spare you the step of taking a cab (whereas if your bags are heavy or don’t have wheels, taking a cab from the New Paltz terminal will be the better way to go).

If you plan to rent a car: most convenient to fly in to Albany or Newburgh’s Stewart airport. If you don’t plan to rent a car, most convenient to fly into Albany, NY and take a bus to New Paltz, or fly into Newark, NJ, and take a train to NYC and a bus from there.

Travel from the Albany Airport

There are two Trailways buses per day from Albany Airport to New Paltz. If you do opt to take a Trailways Bus, be sure to enter Albany Aprt., NY in the Purchase Ticket parameters to distinguish buses that arrive at the airport terminal from other locations in Albany.

If you are going to rent a car and would be willing to share your ride, or if you would like to request a ride with another participant who has rented a car and is willing to travel from the airport, contact ISTI and we will try to coordinate.

Taking the train from New York City

Amtrak typically offers service between New York City (New York Penn Station, station NYP) to Poughkeepsie, NY (station POU) every 2 hours.  One would then take a Trailways Bus, to New Paltz (available every 3 hours).

Booking these tickets in advance is advised as they do sell out. From the train station to the hotel would be a taxi ride or a 6 min. walk.

Taking a bus from New York City

Adirondack Trailways, and Greyhound offer round-trip service between New York City and New Paltz

Getting around New Paltz

There are at least 20 restaurants within a 4 minute drive or 25 minute walk to downtown or closer.  Several shops are also available downtown. Within a 5 minute walk, you may also find a plaza with a grocery store, natural food store, movie theater, and small eateries (e.g., diner, bagel shop), among other options nearby.  You may want to consider not renting a car unless you plan on exploring the area on your own.

Things to do in New Paltz

There are several things to do in the New Paltz area.  For events, happenings, and dining, please check The Chronogram (local publication) for options or Yelp for options and reviews — be sure to select relevant dates and the New Paltz area respectively.

Reserve Your Seat:  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.