Fall 2018 SeisComP3

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

2018 SeisComP3 Course in Kingston, NY, September 24 – 28

This September 24 – 28, ISTI will host another one of our popular training courses, this time on SeisComp3 in Kingston, 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

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. New global license: 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 course will take place at the historic Kirkland Event Facility in Kingston, NY, which is also conveniently situated near restaurants in downtown Kingston at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Main Street

The Kirkland Event Facility
2 Main St.
Kingston, New York, 12401

Note, The Kirkland doesn’t provide free parking, so one needs to make use of public parking nearby.

Caution: This is not to be confused with Kirkland’s home decor store, elsewhere in Kingston.

  Accommodation in Kingston

Transport – Hotel to Class

  • For those who prefer to go by foot, the recommended hotel below is within a 20 minute walk from the hotel.
  • For those who prefer a ride, we recommend Uber or Lyft.

Recommended Hotel

We recommend staying at the Best Western; we typically get a small discount for students when we commit to a block of rooms for the course. See emails once you’re registered for the course for the group name to give when you make reservations.

Best Western

Greatest availability.  Short ride to town.  You may walk to town from here if you are comfortable with the route.

Best Western
503 Washington Avenue
Kingston, New York 12401
Reservations: 1(800) 780-7234 (U.S. & Canada) 
Hotel Direct Number: (845) 338-0400 (U.S.)

Alternative Hotel Options

A Kingston Bed And Breakfast

A charming B&B.  More personal than a chain hotel, but with more limited availability.

A Kingston Bed and Breakfast
131 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Contact: Proprietor Alicia Kowalski at 845-514-2365 1-845-514-2365

Schwartz’s Inn

A B&B that is more basic than A Kingston Bed and Breakfast.  More personal than a chain hotel, but with more limited availability.

Schwartz’s Inn
70 North Front Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Contact: Proprietors Barbara & Joseph Cohen baccohen@gmail.com


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, Kingston area, and New York City
  • Uber is an alternative to taxis.  It is available in Kingston and New York City, but not currently in Albany.

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

Getting to Kingston

If you are flying but not planning to rent a car, though the Albany (ALB) and Stewart (SWF) airports are closer (1hour and 40 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 travel after that.

If you plan to rent a car: most convenient to fly in to Albany or Neburgh’s Stewart airport. If you don’t plan to rent a car, most convenient to fly into Albany, NY and take a bus to Kingston, or  Newark, NJ, and take multiple buses.

Taking a bus from New York City

All buses to Kingston leave from Port Authority in NYC.  JFK to Port Authority in NYC by express bus is less than 2 hours, and LaGuardia  to Port Authority in NYC by express bus is about  1 hour. Newark, NJ to Port Authority in NYC by express bus is about 45 min. From Port Authority, it is a 2 hour bus ride to Kingston, NY. If you don’t mind a little walking, it is possible to stay in Kingston without renting a car or using Lyft or Uber.

There are a number of bus companies, including Megabus, Adirondack Trailways, and Greyhound that offer round-trip service between New York City and Kingston.

Travel from the Albany Airport

The nearest airport is in Albany, NY (ALB). There are two Trailways buses per day from Albany Airport to Kingston. 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.

Getting around Kingston

There are at least 20 restaurants and a supermarket within walking distance of the hotel. You may want to consider not renting a car unless you plan on exploring the area on your own.

Things to do in Kingston

For a small city, Kingston has a strong cultural component.  Kingston boasts an excellent nightlife. Live music may often be found within walking distance of the hotel. Particular highlights include:

For more events and happenings, please check kingstonhappenings.org or Yelp for reviews.