Cancelled: 2017 AGU EW Course, 5-8 Dec., New Orleans

Dear Students,

I am sorry to share that we are canceling the fall EW course in New Orleans, Louisiana, as we had too many people cancel due to funding and scheduling issues. The good news is that we plan to hold our annual 5-day EW class next Spring in Saratoga Springs, NY. Alternatively, ISTI can offer local training to your team, as some of our students have opted for. If you are interested in local training, please reach out to our team for a quote.

Depending on AQMS interest, AQMS training may be offered alongside our EW course in the spring. If you are interested in an AQMS course, please let us know via our contact form if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Your Friends at ISTI


CANCELLED: 2017 Earthworm Course in New Orleans, Louisiana Dec 5 – 8

This December 5 – 8, before AGU, ISTI will host be hosting our popular Earthworm training course in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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.

We’re breaking up this pre-AGU course into two parts, you can sign up for 2 days of Basic Earthworm, 2 days of Advanced Earthworm, or all four days. The immersive hands-on course will cover the following:

Basic Day 1 and 2 (Tuesday 12/5, Wednesday 12/6)

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Data exchange
  • Visualization tools

Advanced Day 3 and 4 (Thursday 12/7, Friday 12/8)

  • Archiving and Playback of data
  • Overview of non-Earthworm manual post-processing systems (ex: Seisan, AQMS’ Jiggle)
  • Tuning played back data for Earthquake Location and Magnitudes

We encourage Advanced participants to bring their own network’s data in MiniSEED, Tankplayer or other formats so the class will all learn from each individual case. 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.

The course will be taught by Paul Friberg and Stefan Lisowski who have a combined experience with Earthworm of over 30 years!


To RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW, Complete our short contact form.

First-come, first-served — the EW course is limited to 12 participants.

Be sure to also indicate if you are interested in ISTI offering an AQMS course for 2018!



One on one collaboration

Course Outline

Please note, these may vary based on class interest and time available.

Beginning Day 1 and 2

  1. Earthworm Setup – This will cover the basics of getting an Earthworm system up and running. The class will configure an Earthworm system with a SeedLink feed from remote stations’ data loggers. We will store the data into a WaveServerV and Winston Wave Server, and pull data to files.
  2. Earthworm Configuration – This will include initial configuration, and will cover tricks and frequently seen problems with earthworm configurations.
  3. Basic Modules for Troubleshooting – Sniffwave, sniffring, get menu, logging review, debug and verbosity flags.

Advanced Day 3 and 4

  1. Advanced Earthworm modules – We will review an existing and running Earthworm system (CalTech) that processes over 370 stations. In addition, we will cover AQMS for those students interested in learning more about those systems.
  2. Playback – how to playback events for turning a system: waveman2disk, trig2disk, and tank player. The class will work with an existing tank and run it through the picker, binder, and hyp2000 via the Earthworm MegaModule.
  3. Locating Events – The Picker/Binder and Earthworm MegaModule will be explored and parameters explained.

Note: If you’d like to learn something specific, please contact us in advance and we will attempt to address your interests.

Location  & Travel Considerations TBA


Stay tuned for location details.  It will be held in a hotel near this year’s AGU Meeting (900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130)


Payment 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.

Class dinner.  Photographer, Stefan Lisowksi.



  • Paul Friberg – ISTI Chief Operating Officer – Paul has been working with Earthworm since 1998. Over the years, he has developed and fixed many modules and has installed and provided Earthworm support for many organizations around the world.
  • Stefan Lisowski – Senior Software Developer – Stefan has been working with Earthworm since 2006. In addition to developing and supporting new modules, Stefan has installed Earthworm systems worldwide.


  • Laptop capable of running Earthworm. You will need administrative privileges on this laptop.
  • It is strongly recommended students have a background in basic seismology and seismology applications.

ISTI 2013 Earthworm Course took a student-requested field trip to look at the 490 million-year-old fossilized sea bottom in Lester Park, New York — Photographer, Glenda Besana-Ostman

To AGU Attendees

ISTI welcomes you to swing by the ISTI booth and to check out the many ISTI posters.


To RESERVE YOUR EW SEAT NOW, Complete our short contact form.

Be sure to also indicate if you are interested in ISTI offering an AQMS course for 2018!