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ISTI @ NY Celebration of Women in Computing, April 12-13, 2019

Sid Hellman of ISTI welcomes attendees to visit him at the 6th ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, April 12-13, 2019, at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY.

With over 20 years’ experience in scientific software, Sid will be available to share his expertise.

The event program may be found here:

Register Now: Earthworm 5-day Course 2019

2019 Earthworm Course in New Paltz, NY, June 3 – 7

This 3 – 7 June, ISTI will host another of our popular Earthworm training courses in New Paltz, New York. This will be our traditional 5-day course. Our full ad may be found here.

We ask that interested students — and any colleagues who wish to join —

please register by 1 March via our contact form.

ISTI CEO and Founder, Paul Friberg teaching EW students. Photographer, ISTI Staff

We’ll cover:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Archiving and Playback of data
  • Data exchange
  • Visualization tools
  • Overview of various non-Earthworm post-processing options
  • Tuning for Earthquake Location and Magnitudes
  • Programming new modules, learning APIs

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.

This course will be useful to anyone setting up, managing, tuning, or developing for an Earthworm system.  See full class details here (inc. location, transportation, etc.).

Again, if you plan to join the Spring ISTI EW 5-day class,

please register by 1 March via our contact form.

Thank you in advance for your confirmation of attendance.

ISTI @ AGU 10-14 Dec 2018

ISTI & Geobit  join together at the AGU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 10 – 14 Dec. 2018.  We are a team providing a complete seismic monitoring solution. Contact us through

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. 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.

Visit us at booth #815, AGU 2018

Washington, D.C. USA  |  10 – 14 December

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. Dimitris Mourtzouchos & Nikos Germenis (Geobit), Paul Friberg & Sid Hellman (ISTI), and others will be available to answer your questions. Continue reading

ISTI to present @ WOSMIP Thurs., 6 Dec. @ 11:10am.

Stop by and chat with Sid Hellman and Matthias Auer of ISTI this week at WOSMIP.  

ISTI is pleased announce that Matthias Auer of ISTI will be presenting The STAX Project – Data Processing infrastructure on Thursday, 6 December, at 11:10am in Sydney, Australia.

Instrumental Software Technologies, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production (WOSMIP).

Geobit at RAUGM in Mexico 28 Oct – 2 Nov 2018

Friend of ISTI, Geobit is exhibiting this year at RAUGM 2018 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, from October 28 to November 2 in cooperation with it’s local distributor Geoelec.

GEObit provides high sensitivity wide-band and near broad-band seismic sensors, surface or borehole type, and high dynamic range, low power 32bit ADC data loggers with local data storage and real-time telemetry over seedlink protocol. We are focusing on low power and cost-efficient solutions so we provide to our customer seismic networks with low installation and maintenance costs. Our instruments are ideal for local and regional seismicity and micro-seismicity monitoring and for seismic events such as those induced by unconventional hydrocarbon extraction. Our high fidelity data loggers ensure that these signals are recorded with the highest resolution and timing accuracy.

Visit them at booth #E4

Meet their team and learn about their new upcoming instruments and technologies. They will also be available to answer your questions.

More information about RAUGM 2018 may be found here. Please visit also the Geoelec‘s website, Mexico distributor of Geobit Instruments.

ISTI Poster @ EGU 8 – 13 April

ISTI is pleased to announce that Comparison of Detection and Location Capabilities of Surface Microseismic Monitoring Algorithms, by ISTI authors, will be presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, being held in Vienna, Austria on 8–13 April 2018.

Authors: Ilya Dricker, Paul Friberg, Sidney Hellman

Date: Thu, 12 Apr

Time: 17:30–19:00

Location: Hall X2, X2.382


The challenge of the surface microseismic monitoring (MSM) is that small-scale seismic activity which occurs as a result of human activities or industrial processes is often hidden in surface noise on individual seismic records. MSM algorithms must detect and locate signals with average signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) significantly less than 1. To improve SNR MSM algorithms compute cost function over a large set of seismic records. Maximum of such function indicates presence, time, and location of the seismic signal. Other algorithms, such as Phase Robust Statistically Optimal and Diagonal Maximum Likelihood Adaptive algorithms offer accuracy improvements of location and detection in presence of correlated industrial noise. In this paper we use synthetic seismograms and seismic observation to compare accuracy of event locations using several algorithms of surface microseismic monitoring.

ISTI & GFAST in Chilean News

Both Ben Baker of ISTI and GFAST were highlighted in El Mercurio newspaper on 6 February 2018 in the Chile aplicara sistema para agilizar alerta temprana de maremotos y terremotos article (loosely translated, Chile will apply system to streamline early warning of tsunamis and earthquakes).


An inherent difficulty in seismic-only earthquake early warning and tsunami forecasting is the rapid estimation of the earthquake magnitude and description of the rupture.  One novel approach is to augment the seismic-base system with geodetic information that can better capture the static-offset produced during large events.  In conjunction with the University of Washington, the Amazon Catalyst program, and the Centro Sismológico Nacional, ISTI is helping to make the Geodetic First Approximation of Size and Timing (G-FAST) production ready in the dynamic Chilean tectonic setting.   It is expected that the G-FAST enhanced Earthworm+Earlybird base system will be able to better characterize the frequent high-magnitude events on the Chilean subduction zone and ultimately improve rapid shaking and tsunami inundation estimates.

Announcing Article: “G‐FAST Earthquake Early Warning Potential for Great Earthquakes in Chile”

ISTI is pleased to announce a publication of G‐FAST Earthquake Early Warning Potential for Great Earthquakes in Chile, a collaboration between Ben Baker of ISTI and our colleagues in the field.  The article was published by SSA (the Seismological Society of America) and posted to GeoScience World on 7 February 2018.  ISTI wishes to recognize the authors:

  • Brendan W. Crowell – Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
  • David A. Schmidt – Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
  • Paul Bodin – Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
  • John E. Vidale –  Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
  • Ben Baker – (ISTI) Instrumental Software Technologies, Inc.
  • Sergio Barrientos – Centro Sismológico Nacional, Universidad de Chile
  • Jianghui Geng – GNSS Research Center, Wuhan University

The abstract may be read here.



Oklahoma hydraulic fracturing induced earthquakes in the news

A recent Bloomberg news article on increasing earthquakes in the Oklahoma SCOOP/STACK play is stating that regulators and the Oil and Gas industry are starting to turn their attention to monitoring hydraulic fracture induced earthquakes that are reportedly being felt in this region. While the predominant cause of induced earthquakes in Oklahoma have been tied to injection of produced waste water, hydraulic fracturing related earthquakes has received less attention until now. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which governs oil and gas wells in the state, was anticipating this back at the end of 2016 when they released guidelines that governed seismic concerns in this play. These regulations and the recent uptick in activity in this area suggest that monitoring for induced seismicity, like that done by ISTI, would be of great cost benefit to operators in the area so that they have operational information to head-off potential regulatory action.

Note that a similar news article was published in Bloomberg about hydraulic fracture induced earthquake concerns in Alberta Canada in the town of Fox Creek, where larger felt earthquakes have occurred in recent years.