ISTI SeisComp3 Training @ IRIS Workshop This Week

ISTI’s Stefan Lisowski and Alex Schnackenberg train students on SeisComp3 this week in Pretoria South Africa.

The Managing Data from Seismic Networks workshop focuses on training operators “the management of metadata and time series data from seismological networks,” according to the IRIS site.  ISTI presentations may be viewed here.



IRIS Workshop participants group photo.  Photo courtesy of IRIS.

ISTI’s Josh Stachnik @ Astronomy & Geophysics Conference, Mongolia

ISTI seismologist, Josh Stachnik, presented Crust and Upper Mantle Structure of Central Mongolia at the Geomagnetism session of The International Conference on Astronomy & Geophysics in Mongolia, held  July 23-26, 2017.  According to the conference site, the aim was to continue the 60 years of advancement of Astronomical and Geophysical science in the country that has taken place since the Gobi-Altay earthquake in 1957.

Institute of Astronomy and GeophysicsJosh met with international scientists and academics from “ from 13 countries, including Mongolia, Russia, USA, France, South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, England, Chile, Turkey, Taiwan, China,” according to SONIN.NM, and other participants at the Mongolian Universities and Geophysical Survey 2017 which was held in conjunction with the Astronomy and Geophysics conference.


ISTI @ CTBT Science & Tech Conference, 26-30 June 2017

ISTI welcomes you to visit our team at our CTBT Science and Technology exhibit (booth 14) throughout the week.

Ben Baker, SnT 2017, Vienna Austria. Photograph courtesy of

Ben Baker, SnT 2017, Vienna Austria. Photograph courtesy of



Please verify the program details in person for possible schedule changes. Abstracts may be found here.


ISTI: I. Dricker with: Y. Starovoit, J. Marty T3.1-P25 IMS Equipment Challenges for Waveform Technologies Tues., 27 June 17:0018:30 at FESTSAAL
ISTI: J. Stachnik, B. Baker,  M. Hagerty, P. Friberg with: M. Rozhkov T3.5-P17 Expert Technical Analysis Improvements at the International Data Center, CTBTO Wed.,  28 June 16:0017:30 at FESTSAAL
ISTI:  J. Stachnik, B. Baker with: S. Tsuboi, H. Matsumoto, M. Rozhkov T1.2-P35 Synthetic Seismograms of Explosive Sources Calculated by the Earth Simulator Thurs.,  29 June 16:0017:30 at FESTSAAL

*All posters at FESTAAL location.

Other SnT Points of Interest

  • The video archive may be found here.
  • Poster: Calibration of IMS seismic and hydroacoustic stations using Standard Station Interface (SSI) Software – Anonymous
Calibration of IMS seismic and hydroacoustic stations using Standard Station Interface (SSI) Software – Anonymous

Calibration of IMS seismic and hydroacoustic stations using Standard Station Interface (SSI) Software – Anonymous

EGU Presentation of ISTI & CTBTO Co-Authored Poster

EGUMikhail Rozhkov is presenting at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, being held in Vienna, Austria on 23–28 April 2017 .

View the poster schedule and abstract link below.

Ben Baker, Mike Hagerty, Josh Stachnik (ISTI); Mikhail Rozhkov (CTBTO) Presented by Mikhail Rozhkov A fast and robust method for moment tensor and depth determination of
shallow seismic events in CTBT related studies
Fri., 28 April 17:30–19:00 in  Hall X5, X5.428
Other posters by Mikhail Rozhkov Listed here (enter Mikhail in keyword search) See link.  See link.

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Rapid Earthquake Notification Service: Timely Support to Key States

Operators can increase their response time with ISTI’s Rapid Earthquake Notification Service. Automated reports are further validated by the seismologist on watch.  Operators receive data tailored to their acreage & operation.

ISTI provides the tools for oil and gas operators to receive the rapid earthquake information, often critical to satisfying regulations. The service provides rapid earthquake notification information in the Central and Eastern USA, covering the states of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

ISTI provides two levels of 24/7 email notification service to industry operators: basic and premium service levels.  For either service we can rapidly notify within 60 seconds of an earthquake in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Service - RapidEarthquakeNotification - Chart hi res For other other states where induced seismicity is an hotbed issue, like Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, ISTI provides rapid earthquake notifications in less than 120 seconds of an event occurring.  ISTI uses a finely-tuned automated earthquake detection and reporting system configured for seismic stations operating in the Central and Eastern USA.

Read more here.

Induced Seismicity: AGI Webinar, 14 April 2017

State Responses to Induced Earthquakes

Join Steven Dade for his AGI OhioNET: State of Ohio’s Response to Induced Seismicity talk, which will include examples of ISTI’s tools and services, including:

  • Map View HypocentersOhioNET Earthworm System
  • Plot of Induced Seismic Events
  • Depth and Map Views of Hypocenters

Steve Dade is a Geologist from Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management.  He will be joined by Jeremy Boak and Michael H. Young, experts from the state
governments in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively.  Each will present on state responses to induced earthquakes at the AGI Policy & Critical Issues Webinar.


AGIFriday, April 14, 2017 at 2:00pm ET

Recorded AGI Webinar

AGI Policy & Critical Issues webinar

Background: The surge in recent years of earthquake activity associated with some oil and gas operations, most notably in Oklahoma, has spurred a range of actions and responses from state geoscientists and regulators. States have taken measures to monitor these earthquakes and moderate the activities that may be causing them, particularly the deep underground injection of large volumes of wastewater. Many states with extensive oil and gas operations but little or no increased earthquake activity have also adopted practices to prevent and prepare for potential induced earthquakes in their area.

The speakers are:

  • Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma
  • Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management

ISTI Presenting at SSA, 18-20 April 2017

SSA 2017ISTI is presenting  at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, being held in Denver, Colorado, 18 – 20 April 2017.  The ISTI presenters welcome anyone attending the SSA annual meeting to stop by and chat with them.

View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract links below.

Ben Baker & Josh Stachnik, Presented by Ben Baker An Alternate Noise Parameterization for Moment Tensor Estimation Tues., 18 April TBA – Poster #8
Ben Baker (ISTI) & Steven W. Roecker, (RPI), Presented by Steven W. Roecker The Lower Crust and Upper Mantle Beneath the Tien Shan from Full Waveform Tomography Wed.,  19 April TBA – Poster #8
Paul Friberg & Ilya Dricker (ISTI), Maria Kozlowska & Michael Brudzinski (Miami Univ.), Presented by Ilya Dricker 2016 Observations and Mitigation Strategies for Hydraulic Fracture Induced Seismicity Wed.,  19 April TBA – Poster #6


ISTI to Present at DAVOS 2017

Schatzalp_Cover_2017Stop by and chat with ISTI CEO and founder, Paul Friberg at the Schatzalp Workshop this March.

ISTI is pleased to be presenting in Davos 14-17 March 2017 at the Schatzalp Workshop on Induced Seismicity. ISTI CEO and founder, Paul Friberg will be presenting 2016 Hydraulic Fracture Induced Earthquakes in Ohio.  The abstract may be found on page 53 of the abstract book here.
The workshop program may be found here.

Paul invites any attending the Schatzalp Workshop to stop by and chat with him.

Spring 2017 EW Course

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

2017 Earthworm Course in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 5-9

This June 5 through June 9, ISTI will host another of our popular Earthworm training courses in Saratoga Springs, New York. 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.

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 useful to anyone setting up, managing, tuning, or developing for an Earthworm system.

Read more here.

Insurance of Seismic Monitoring

ISTI CEO, Paul Friberg, monitors seismic activity for a client from his office.

ISTI CEO, Paul Friberg, monitors seismic activity for a client from his office.

With increased regulations to strengthen the monitoring of seismic activity in the U.S. and abroad, companies using hydraulic fracturing face risk of well closure if they do not employ effective monitoring.  Two U.S. companies are rising to the challenge.  Armed with a team of experts in using the U.S. Government’s EarthWorm Seismic Monitoring system and coupled with proprietary techniques, ISTI and its partner HMSC Inc equips companies with Geobit instruments to meet their exploration and regulatory monitoring needs.

img_2988b“If you are completing a hydraulic fracture well in a region where there is potential to induce seismicity,” says CEO and Senior Seismologist Paul Friberg, “ISTI can help to try and prevent you from getting shut-down by using seismic monitoring to alert you as events start to appear or get larger. The insurance of monitoring is far cheaper than the cost of temporary shut-in or worse.”  ISTI uses HMSC Inc to deploy the Geobit equipment in the field for each client (photos at bottom).  The seismic equipment collects critical data, which is then transmitted to ISTI’s seismologists and software to model and interpret.  The team then configures and maintains continuous real-time monitoring systems.  ISTI is not new to this science by any means, boasting over 20 years real-time seismic monitoring.  Customers include some of the largest research institutions, NGOs and E&P companies doing cutting edge work.

The trend of companies, strategically hiring teams of experts such as ISTI, has grown with increasing regulations.  It is vital for those positioned in states like Oklahoma and Ohio, for example, to satisfy fracking regulations in order to operate.  In Ohio, a seismic monitoring plan is required for any horizontal well drilled within 3 miles of either a known fault in the Precambrian basement or a seismic event greater than 2 magnitude that occurred since 1999.  Completion activities are required to stop if an event as low as 2.0M is detected, threatening their project deadlines.  600 miles away, in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Geological Survey is meeting an anticipation of increased operations with guidelines focused on hydraulic fracturing. Mitigation procedures are required of businesses for magnitudes as low as 2.5M within 1.25 miles of hydro-fracking sites.  Companies face suspension of operations at 3.5M.

With such increased governance, penalties and even press exposure, it is in the best interest of hydraulic fracturing or waste water injection firms to gain greater intelligence on seismic activity.   ISTI’s services have already provided valuable data to operators of injection wells and producers in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utica shale-play regions.  ISTI’s data can be monitored by any mobile device, and email or text alerts are sent when a seismic event is triggered, or equipment malfunctions. Such detection can provide operators with the knowledge necessary to help minimize risks and economical losses.  Sometimes, this can be accomplished by making simple adjustments to pumping rates and pressure that might otherwise have resulted in large


The field crew’s view when looking back from a day’s work installing equipment for a customer.

activity. Knowing that they have made a positive difference for both the environment and for each customer’s business, ISTI staff can look back on their days’ work and feel good.