Vienna International Centre, Austria

17-19 June 2015

The working language will be English

Administrative Point of Contact
Ms. Elena Fazilova
Training Assistant
IDC/CBT, Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6258
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973


The first phase of the IDC Re-engineering programme, expected to be completed at the end of 2015 focuses on significant enhancements to individual components of the SHI automatic and interactive processing as well as data and product dissemination and software quality assurance.

In January 2014, the IDC initiated a second phase of its Reengineering programme that considers the overall architecture of SHI applications and aims to produce, by the end of 2016, a new architecture for SHI applications. The scope document for Reengineering Phase 2 provides a high level overview of the project in terms of its business case, goals, objectives, deliverables, constraints and assumptions.

Reengineering Phase 2 (RP2) follows system design techniques based on a Unified Modelling Language (UML) and a Rational Unified Process (RUP). The first RP2 deliverables, the project Scope Document and the baseline System Requirements Document were reviewed by experts from Member States in June 2014 and finalized in August 2014.

Work is on-going on the following deliverables:

  • The Use Case Model Survey (UCMS), a high level overview of all use cases that system will support.
  • Detailed Use Case descriptions, covering core functionality of the system.
  • A System Specification Document which constitutes a more complete and formally correct version of the System Requirements Document.

This technical meeting will provide a forum for software engineers and scientists form Member States ro review and provide feedback on the UCMS and selected use cases and to explore key technology areas that are of particular interest to RP2.

The following key technology areas are proposed:

Data Storage and Access
Design considerations for the Common Object Interface, an object-oriented data access layer to be used by all SHI applications; lessons to be learned from existing data models for SHI data processing and analysis.

Advanced Processing Architecture
Advances in processing pipeline architecture; componentized system design; interface implications of advanced automatic processing algorithms.

Improved Analyst Interface
New strategies for displaying and analysing data; use of historical information in SHI analysis; technologies for supporting remote analysis.

High Availability and Disaster Recovery
Strategies and technologies for high availability and disaster recovery of the IDC system and its components.

Data and Product Distribution
Alternative mechanisms for disseminating data and products; support for open standards for SHI data.

The UCMS, the selected use cases and the supporting System Specification Document will be made available to meeting participants for review by May 1, 2015. Meeting participants are also encouraged to contribute to the technical meeting by making a 15 minute presentation in one or more of these areas. 


Participants Profile
Experts responsible for the software development for waveform monitoring at the National Data Centres.

Experts involved in software development for environmental monitoring applications, particularly in waveform methods, including signal processing,

Application Procedure and Deadline 

The application deadline is 3 April 2015.

Applicants are requested to register via the following registration form:
RF_TM SHI Software Engineering_June 2015_Vienna, Austria
Applications will be reviewed and applicants subsequently notified.

States Signatories wishing to nominate experts are requested to inform the PTS through established official channels (their Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO) via the point of contact above.

Participants are encouraged to also register for and participate in the CTBT: 2015 Science and Technology Conference (SnT15), from 22 to 26 June 2015, in Vienna, Austria, following this technical meeting.

For information on and registration details for the SnT15 please visit the Conference Webpage

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission for SnT15 is 1 February 2015.

Financial Information
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only

In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide the following:

  • A Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) that is sufficient to cover related expenses during the technical meeting;
  • 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 cover the costs for the accommodation and technical meeting participants will receive their remaining Daily Subsistence Allowance upon arrival in Vienna; and
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the technical meeting.

Requirement: Scanned passport copies.

Other Pertinent Information
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. The PTS will provide personal invitations to visa applicants.