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Technical Training for Station Operators of IMS Infrasound/Seismic Stations with Quanterra Q330M+ equipment

CTBTO TeST Centre, Seibersdorf, Austria

14 to 18 November 2022

The working language will be English

To provide Station Operators with operational knowledge, technical understanding and relevant hands-on training on operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of IMS infrasound and Seismic stations using Quanterra Q330M+ equipment.

Upon completion of the course the trainees will be able to efficiently perform essential tasks for station operation, reporting and configuration management, to conduct proper State of Health (SOH) and data monitoring, and to proceed with methodical equipment and software configuration and maintenance. In particular, the trainees will be able to:

  •  Identify and describe the main station systems, components and equipment;
  • Proceed with Quanterra Q330M+ digitizers and SSI software configuration;
  • Use State-of-Health (SOH) and data monitoring tools and demonstrate ability to assess station performance and SOH information;
  • Outline main operational tasks and practice on IRS reporting;
  • Explain the concept of configuration management and demonstrate efficient use of DOTS;  
  • Devise interconnection between operations and maintenance activities and sources of support to sustain IMS stations.


  • Concept of operations and maintenance in the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS);
  • Communication with the PTS. Introduction to the PTS Web Portal.  Presentations and hands-on sessions on reporting tools and procedures;
  • Overview of GCI equipment, operations and maintenance procedures;
  • Introduction to Configuration Management and Station Specific Documentation;
  • Overview of Quanterra Q330M+ digitizers. Presentations and hands-on sessions on field installation, configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting and maintenance procedures and tools;
  • Overview of the Standard Station Interface (SSI). Presentations and hands-on sessions on SSI configuration and monitoring;
  • Introduction to Systematic troubleshooting – presentation and Table Top Exercise with adapted scenarios;
  • Discussion on typical operation and maintenance situations.

Participant Profile

Targeted Stations

Argentina IS01
Cape Verde IS11
Chile IS13
Denmark IS18
Kazakhstan IS31
Namibia IS35
New Zealand IS36
South Africa IS47
Israel AS049
Kenya PS24

Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are station operators at the targeted stations.

Application Procedures
Nominations, together with the registration forms, should be submitted only through established official channels (their Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, no later than 21 August 2022.

However, pending the official nomination, participants may email the registration form to [email protected]  upon its approval by a Director of the institution, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements by the PTS.

Financial Information
In accordance with the staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover travel costs.

  • A DSA that is sufficient to cover related expenses during the training programme;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to do so and only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS;
  • The PTS will book a hotel and participants will receive their DSA on the first day of the training;
  • Health insurance will be provided for duration of the training.

Requirement: Scanned passport copies.

Other Pertinent Information

  • The training program is open only for station operators from the targeted stations;
  • Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants upon request;
  • Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an Acceptance Note Verbale from the PTS, in order to ensure timely processing.

Station operators from all over the world come for hands-on training to CTBTO headquarters in Vienna.

Point of Contact

Capacity Building and Training Section (IDC/CBT)
International Data Centre Division
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
Tel: +43-1-26030-6132
Email: [email protected]