CTBTO, TeST Centre
Seibersdorf, Austria

20-24 April 2020

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 operational knowledge, technical understanding and relevant hands-on training on operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of IMS infrasound stations with Guralp and Nanometrics equipment. 


  • Concept of operations and maintenance in the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS);
  • Communication with the PTS. Introduction to the PTS Web Portal.  Presentations and hands-on sessions on reporting tools and procedures;
  • Overview of GCI equipment, operations and maintenance procedures;
  • Introduction to Configuration Management and  Station Specific Documentation;
  • Overview of Guralp and Nanometrics digitizers. Presentations and hands-on sessions on field installation, configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting and maintenance procedures and tools;
  • Overview of the Standard Station Interface (SSI). Presentations and hands-on sessions on SSI configuration and monitoring;
  • Hands-on session on infrasound sensors testing and adjustment;
  • Presentations on power supply and intra-site communication equipment, with focus on particular maintenance and troubleshooting procedures;
  • Introduction to Systematic troubleshooting – presentation and Table Top Exercise with adapted scenarios;
  • Discussion on typical operation and maintenance situations.


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(s), nominated individuals are to be directly related to the IMS facility.

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

Country Treaty code
Australia IS04
Australia IS06
Australia IS07
Brazil IS09
Chile IS14
China IS16
Djibouti IS19
Ecuador IS20
Germany IS26
Germany IS27
Japan IS30
Kenya IS32
Paraguay IS41
Portugal IS42
Tunisia IS48
Bermuda, UK IS51


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-MON03  (Infrasound 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-MON16  (Calibration Check of a Microbarometer)
EN-USER04 (Basic Linux)
EN-POL01   (CTBT History, Treaty, Organization and Verification Regime)
EN-POL04   (Overview of the IMS)

The modules are available upon request from the PTS at

In order to keep the records of the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) of the IMS facilities up-to-date, any updates should be communicated in a timely manner and either via an official station operator nomination note verbale or by the current station operator communicating to the PTS an updated list of local support staff.

Nominations, together with the registration forms, should be submitted only through 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 than15 January 2020.

Applicants are requested to use the following registration form:
Initiates file downloadRF_TT SOs Guralp and Nanometrics equipment 2020

However, pending the official nomination, participants may send the registration via email upon its approval by a Director of the institution, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements to be made 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
  • Health insurance will be provided for duration of the training. 

Requirement: Scanned passport copies


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

Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants upon request from the PTS at


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.