Vienna International Centre
Vienna, Austria 

10-14 June 2019 

The working language will be English

Capacity Building and Training Section
International Data Centre Division (IDC/CBT)
CTBTO Preparatory Commission 
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6147
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973


To provide station operators with the basic knowledge and technical understanding on the operations, maintenance and management of an IMS station using waveform technology and, more specifically, to provide hands-on training for the various operational and maintenance procedures. 

The five (5) day TTP will be conducted by PTS and USGS Staff and will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of sensors, digitizers and equipment used in IMS Stations covering all hardware functionality, input and output requirements, appropriate applications, installation techniques, initial set-up parameters and methods of calibration;

  • Demonstration, as well as hands on training, into digitizer software functionality when paired with sensors, covering information management, 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; 

  • Extensive demonstration and hands-on opportunity to connect and pair sensors to digitizers which focuses on field installation issues, required common and specialized tools and testing equipment, initial set-up parameters, common error indicators, likely problem causes and potential fixes, and fine tuning the installed system to achieve desired data quality results. 

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

Country Treaty Code Station Code
Armenia AS003 GNI
Brazil AS010 PTGA
Brazil AS011 RCBR
Chile AS019 LVC
Cook Islands AS024 RAR
Denmark AS027 SFJD
Ethiopia AS030 FURI
Gabon AS034 MSKU
Mali AS062 KOWA
Mexico AS063 TEIG
Namibia AS067 TSUM
New Zealand AS070 RAO
Papua New Guinea AS075 PMG
Philippines AS079 DAV
Samoa AS095 AFI
Solomon Islands AS098 HNR
United States AS105 GUMO
United States AS106 PMSA
United States AS111 ANMO
United States AS114 QSPA
United States AS116 SJG
Venezuela AS117 SDV
Zambia AS119 LSZ

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-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-POL01 - CTBT History, Treaty, Organization and Verification Regime

EN-POL02 - National Implementation of the CTBT, Before and After Entry into Force 

EN-POL03 - Overview of the IDC

EN-POL04 - Overview of the IMS

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.  

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 25 February 2019.

Applicants are requested to use the following registration form: 
Initiates file downloadRF_TT Waveform SO Joint IMS and USGS 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.

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


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

Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding Embassy/Consulate upon receipt of an Acceptance Note Verbale from the PTS, in order to ensure timely processing.

Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants if needed.