The EarthScope Primary Instrument Center (EPIC, formerly the PASSCAL Instrument Center) at New Mexico Tech support cutting-edge seismological research into Earth’s fundamental geological structure and processes. The facility provides instrumentation and support services for National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and otherwise funded seismological experiments around the world.
Plot of all EPIC stations available at the DMC in SEED (blue) and PH5 (red) as of 2016
The number of instruments available for use in experiments is frequently used to measure the EPIC's progress. However, the scope of the facility extends well beyond the hardware resource alone. The support the EPIC provides to users is also essential to the overall success of a given experiment. EPIC support has evolved through time in response to experiment methodologies and technological advances, with a continuing emphasis on improving data return and finding more efficient methods of operation. Support provided by the EPIC encompasses equipment support, logistics support, user training, experiment support, software support, and data processing support.