2014 Spring EW Course

100Earthworm Course XIV – June 2 to 6, 2014

Our immersive hands-on course will cover a broad spectrum of Earthworm topics from initial configuration through programming. We will be providing an expert’s insight into the system. You will learn tricks and tips from our 15 years of experience operating and programming Earthworm. Students will learn how to set up regional automatic earthquake detection with the latest release of Earthworm, and find out how to interface your own code with Earthworm APIs.

This course will be useful to anyone setting up, managing, tuning, or developing for an Earthworm system.

ISTI 2013 Earthworm Course takes a 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

Course Outline

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

  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 – Tricks and frequently seen problems with earthworm configurations.
  3. Basic Modules for Troubleshooting – Sniffwave, sniffring, get menu, logging review, debug and verbosity flags.
  4. 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.
  5. Earthworm library – student will learn the basic Earthworm APIs for messaging, logging, configuration, threads, and wave server API/Protocol. How to make sure the work you do to a library is compatible across operating systems, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. Locating Events – The Picker/Binder and Earthworm MegaModule will be explored and parameters explained.
  8. Programming an EW module – The class will write an Earthworm module that interacts with information in a shared memory ring.

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


The Earthworm Course is taught out of our Saratoga Springs, NY office. The office is located at 77 Van Dam Street, Suite 9, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Phone is (518) 602-0001.


Payment should be made a week before the start day of the class. Please call (518) 602-0001 if you need additional information.


  • Paul Friberg – ISTI Chief Operating Officer – Paul has been working with Earthworm for 15 years. Over the years, he has developed and fixed many modules, and has installed and provided EW support for over 20 organizations around the world.
  • Stefan Lisowski – Senior Software Developer – Stefan has been working with Earthworm for the past 8 years. In addition to developing and supporting new modules, Stefan has installed many EW 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.
  • A C compiler for your laptop. If you’re using Windows, then Microsoft Visual C Compiler (2003 or newer). Free Microsoft Visual Studio Express is okay (For Programming Day).
  • Some experience with C programming (For Programming Day).

It is strongly recommended students have a background in basic seismology and seismology applications.

Travel Considerations

Accommodation in Saratoga Springs

The Downtowner Hotel (includes a minimal continental breakfast). Please make reservations directly with the hotel by calling them at (518) 584-6160. Mention the ISTI course to get a discounted block rate.

The Inn at Saratoga has a somewhat quaint and historic look to it. It is a few blocks further than the Downtowner and a bit more expensive, but it is a comfortable place to stay. (This is Stefan’s preferred place to stay!)

The Holiday Inn is across the street from the Inn at Saratoga, and is
slightly more expensive, if you prefer something more modern.

There are two Hilton hotels in Saratoga, if you choose a Hilton this one is conveniently located at the other side of Broadway from Van Dam St. (This is Paul’s favorite place to stay!)

Finally, there’s Sid’s favorite, The Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown, which is also conveniently situated.

Travel from the Albany Airport

The nearest airport is in Albany, NY (ALB). Unfortunately, there is no shuttle from the Albany Airport to Saratoga Springs. The most convenient way is to take a taxi or rent a car. The buses and trains are limited.

If you are going to rent a car, 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.

Taking the train from New York City

Amtrak offers service between New York City (New York Penn Station) to Saratoga typically twice a day. Booking these tickets in advance is advised as they do sell out.

Taking a bus from New York City

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

Getting around Saratoga Springs

The Downtowner Hotel is walking distance from ISTI’s office. There are at least 20 restaurants within a block of the hotel, and approximately 3 blocks from a supermarket. You may want to consider not renting a car unless you plan on exploring the area on your own.

Things to do in Saratoga Springs

For a small city, Saratoga Springs has a strong cultural component. Home to the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame and the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Saratoga boasts an excellent summer nightlife. In June, live music may be found within walking distance of the hotel almost every evening. Particular highlights include:

For more events and happenings, please check Saratoga.com or Yelp for reviews.


“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