6TH WORKSHOP ON THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE (O&M) OF THE IMS



LOCATION
Opens external link in new windowArcotel Wimberger Hotel
Vienna, Austria 

DATES
12-16 November 2018

LANGUAGE
The working language will be English


POINT OF CONTACT 
Mr Kevin Murray
Training Assistant, IDC/CBT
CTBTO Preparatory Commission 
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6327
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: conferences_and_workshopsping@ctbtopong.org 

 

OBJECTIVES

The Workshop will:

  • Facilitate interaction between Station Operators and also with the PTS through  participation in focused group discussions;
  • Highlight major achievements in the Operation and Maintenance of IMS stations while focusing on the necessary steps to be taken to ensure their long term sustainment;
  • Focus on the way forward to enhance IMS station data availability, quality and its authentication; and
  • Update Station Operators on tools available for monitoring and assessing IMS network performance. 

  

AGENDA

The main themes of the O&M 2018 Workshop will be: 


1. ACTIONS TO ENHANCE DATA AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY 

  • Best practices for station operation and maintenance 
  • Best practices for station design
  • Identifying and resolving root causes of station downtime
  • Capacity building of station operators: (Training, Operational Manuals and Tools)
  • Supporting a globally distributed network (spares and depot policy, logistic support for shipment and custom clearance)


2. OPERATION 

  • Roles and responsibilities; PTS and Station Operators
  • Station Operator experience
  • Mechanism of support; e.g. PCA Operations
  • Monitoring, Troubleshooting, Communication, and Software tools
  • Network QA/QC program (Calibration of SHI stations, RN network QA/QC, and Common problems at stations that affect data quality) 

 

3. MAINTENANCE    

  • Preventive and unscheduled maintenance
  • Services and support
  • Documentation (Station Specific Documentation, Standard Operating Procedures and equipment user manuals)

 

4. LONG TERM SUSTAINMENT

  • Sustainment of the IMS
  • Continuing to build a more robust network
  • Further understanding and managing the life cycle of IMS stations
  • Technology refreshment

 

5. CURRENT TOPICS

  • Performance and sustainment of the Auxiliary Seismic Network
  • Capitalizing on the new capabilities of GCI III
  • Data Surety: (Authentication Status of the IMS network; Nomination of PKI operators; Bootstrapping process;  Monitoring and troubleshooting)
  • Recommendations on steps to progress towards a fully functional IMS

 

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE
Station Operators, Local Operators, NDC staff, Contractors and Equipment Suppliers involved in the operation and maintenance of the IMS. 


REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Participants are invited to register online at the Commission’s CTNW platform (Opens external link in new windowhttp://ctnw.ctbto.org) where abstracts can also be submitted using online submission forms.

While authors can indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation, the final choice will be made by the Organizing Committee. By submitting an abstract, authors implicitly agree to the publication of their abstract and presentation materials by the CTBTO. Abstracts will be made available in a Book of Abstracts.

No registration fee will be charged.

Deadline for abstract submission, registration and application for funding is 29 June 2018.

States Signatories wishing to nominate experts are requested to inform the Provisional Technical Secretariat (see Point of Contact) through their respective Permanent Mission.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Financial support may be available to a limited number of participants. Such assistance must be requested at the time of registration and no later than 15 June 2018. Financial support will be considered only for those who have submitted an abstract. Participants are strongly encouraged to first seek travel and participation funds from non-CTBTO sources.


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 the related expenses during the workshop program;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and forward the flight ticket 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 the most cost effective option for the PTS;
  • The PTS will book a hotel and cover the costs for the accommodation and workshop participants will receive their remaining Daily Subsistence Allowance upon arrival; and
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the workshop.

Requirement: Scanned passport copies.


INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Visas
Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an acceptance Note Verbale from the Provisional Technical Secretariat, in order to ensure timely processing. The Provisional Technical Secretariat will provide personal invitations to visa applicants.