TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR STATION OPERATORS OF IMS INFRASOUND STATIONS WITH GURALP AND NANOMETRICS EQUIPMENT



LOCATION
Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria

DATES
9-13 April 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 operational knowledge, technical understanding and relevant hands-on training on operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of IMS infrasound stations with Guralp and Nanometrics equipment. 


AGENDA

  • 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.

 

PARTICIPANT PROFILE 
Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are Station Operators involved in the operation and maintenance of the following IMS infrasound stations: 

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

The Technical Training programme is aimed to support and develop the technical knowledge and ability of  Station Operators  directly responsible for the field operation and maintenance  of the respective IMS infrasound facilities. Station Operators who have not attended similar training in the past are especially encouraged to apply.

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 trainingping@ctbtopong.org 

Basic Linux knowledge is MANDATORY. Candidates without specific Linux certificate are requested to take the Linux e-learning course available upon request from the PTS at trainingping@ctbtopong.org 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES  
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 than 5 February 2018


Applicants are requested to use the following registration form:
RF TT SO GURALP AND NANOMETRICS EQUIPMENT 

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.

 
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,
  • Health insurance will be provided for duration of the training. 

Requirement: Scanned passport copies

OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION 

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

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.