TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR WAVEFORM STATIONS OPERATORS OF JOINT IMS AND INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENT OF ACCELEROMETERS (IDA) STATIONS

TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR WAVEFORM STATIONS OPERATORS OF JOINT IMS AND INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENT OF ACCELEROMETERS (IDA) STATIONS



LOCATION
Vienna, Austria 

DATES
15-19 October 2018

LANGUAGE
The working language will be English

POINT OF CONTACT
Ms Johanna Fessl 
Training Assistant, IDC/CBT
CTBTO Preparatory Commission 
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6484
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: trainingping@ctbtopong.org

 

OBJECTIVES
To provide station operators with the required knowledge and technical understanding of the operations, maintenance and management of an IMS Station  jointly operated with International Deployment of Accelerometers (IDA) using waveform technology and, more specifically, to provide hands-on training for the various operational and maintenance procedures.

 

AGENDA
The five (5) day TTP will be conducted by PTS and IRIS/IDA staff and will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of sensors, digitizers and power equipment used in IRIS/IDA-IMS stations covering hardware functionality, technical requirements, appropriate applications, installation techniques, set-up parameters and methods of calibration; 
  • Demonstration, as well as hands-on-training, on digitizer and data acquisition software (SSI) functionality, covering aspects such as configuration and data monitoring. The software demonstration shall focus on maintenance and operational issues including remote troubleshooting, common error indicators, likely problem causes and potential fixes; 
  • Demonstration and hands-on opportunities to pair sensors to digitizers focusing on installation issues, configuration and fine tuning of the installed system;
  • Overview of station design and infrastructure;
  • Concept of operations and maintenance in the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS);
  • Communication with the PTS (including hands-on), reporting procedures and reporting tools communication with the PTS for calibration activity

 

PARTICIPANT PROFILE 
Preference will be given to station operators from the below listed stations: 

Chile RPN AS018
Costa Rica JTS AS025
Fiji MSVF AS031
Iceland BORG AS038
Indonesia KAPI AS044
Kyrgyzstan AAK AS066
Peru NNA AS078
South Africa SUR AS099
Sri Lanka PALK AS100
Uganda MBAR AS103
USA KDAK AS110
Russian Federation OBN/ARU/TLY AS084/AS085/AS087


Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are station operators involved in the operation and maintenance.

In an effort to ensure that relevant technical training is provided to the appropriate person, nominated individuals are to be directly related to the relevant IMS facility. 

Candidates must be proficient in English and should preferably have a basic understanding of Linux.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following
e-learning modules:
EN-MON01 - Seismic Monitoring
EN-MON05 - IMS Waveform Data Acquisition, Storage and Processing
EN-MON07 - Operation of the IMS Network
EN-MON08 - IMS Configuration Management Process and Procedures
EN-MON09 - Logistics Support
EN-MON10 - Maintenance of IMS Stations
EN-MON14 - reporting by Station operators
EN-MON15 - completing a CCN, CCR and SSR
EN-USER04 - Basic Linux

In order to keep the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) records for IMS facilities up-to-date, changes are to be communicated via an official station operator nomination note verbale or by a communication from the station operator  to the PTS with an updated list of the local support staff of the station.  


APPLICATION PROCEDURES  
Nominations together with the registration forms should be submitted only though established official channels (Permanent Mission to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, no later than 22 July 2018.

Applicants are requested to use the following registration form:
Initiates file downloadRF_ TT Waveform Stations 

However, pending the official nomination, participants may fax the registration form upon its approval by a Director of the institution, in order 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; and 
  • Medical insurance will be provided to cover the duration of the training.
  • Requirement: scanned passport copies


OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION 

Participation
The training programme is open only for station operators from invited countries. 

Visas
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.

E-Learning
Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants in advance.