Training Course on NDC Capacity Building: Access and Analysis of IMS Waveform Data and IDC Products, and Improvement in Regional Seismic Travel Times (RSTT) through Ground Truth Events

Vienna, Austria

7-22 May 2012

Point of Contact:
Mr. Belkacem Djermouni
Head, Training Unit
Capacity Building and Training Section
International Data Centre Division
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
P.O. Box 1200, A-1400
Vienna, Austria
Tel:  +43 1 26030 6312   
Fax: +43 1 26030 5973


Understanding the roles of National Data Centres in the verification regime;
Building and/or improving the National Data Centre capabilities;
Providing participants with sufficient knowledge for accessing and using IMS data and IDC products;
Providing practical experience analysing IMS data;
Explaining the project for developing RSTT models; and
Identifying regional data sources necessary to develop the models. 

Introduction and overview;
Methods to Access IMS Data and IDC products;
NDC Support/Performance Reports;
IMS Data, Acquisition, Processing and Storage: Standard Software Packages;
Necessary NDC’s Resources to Process IMS Data and Analyse IDC Products;
Practical sessions on Data and Products Access, use of Standard Software Packages, etc.; and
the RSTT project and use of regional data for determining ground truth.

Participants Profile
NDC technical staff/ authorized users (preferably Principal User or Regular User);
Experience in waveform data analysis and/or similar experience related to nuclear test ban verification;
Seismologists with an advanced degee who operate or have access to regional and local seismic network data and the means of processing that data to provide accurate phase pick information; and
Linux background and some SQL experience are required.

Deadline for Application
The completed registration form must be received by the PTS not later than 31 March 2012.

Application Procedures
NDC Technical Staff are invited to submit their applications for this regional training course through established official channels (their respective Permanent Mission to the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs)

Registration Form
Applicants are requested to use the Registration Form:   PDF  

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 the travel costs.

The DSA will be sufficient to cover related expenses during the training program. The PTS will organize accommodation. The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
Participants may under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to purchase their ticket locally, but only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS and has been authorized by the PTS in advance.

Other Pertinent Information
Medical Insurance: All participants will be covered under the Global Medical Insurance scheme for the PTS trainees under third party liability insurance.