2016 Fall EW Course

2016 Earthworm Course in San Francisco, CA, Dec 6-9

This December 6 – December 9, before AGU, ISTI will host be hosting our popular Earthworm training course in San Francisco, California. 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 12/6, Wednesday 12/7)

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

Advanced Day 3 and 4 (Thursday 12/8, Friday 12/9)

  • 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 28 years!

Contact ISTI for availability as the course is limited to 12 participants.


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 Waveserver, 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 and 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.


Hotel Abri
127 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-2109
(888) 229-0677
(415) 392-8800

*Abri has offered a 20% discount on overnight accommodations.  ISTI will send detail once you have registered for the Earthworm Course.


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.

2014 course Thursday dinner at The Local, students on the left, instructor Paul Friberg on the right.


  • 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.
  • Stefan and Paul are supported in the course by Sid Hellman and Scott Hunter, both of whom have been working with Earthworm for many years and are quite knowledgeable in the system, and other seismic data formats and tools.


  • 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 — Photo thanks to student Glenda Besana-Ostman

Travel Considerations


Hotel Abri
127 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-2109
(888) 229-0677
(415) 392-8800
*Abri has offered a 20% discount on overnight accommodations for ISTI Earthworm students.  ISTI will send details when available.


Other options: 

Hotel Nikko
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-2115
(415) 394-1111

Hotel Zelos
12 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Overnight Reservations: 1-866-373-4941

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
(800) 795-7129

Trip Adviser suggestions


Hotel Abri is just a 2 minute walk from Bay Area Rapid Transit rail (BART). BART supplies a transportation option from the San Francisco International Airport as well as the Oakland International Airport.

City Guide

Hotel Abri offers an excellent guide to things to do.


“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

Contact ISTI for availability as the course is limited to 12 participants.