Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018
Tucson Marriott University Park, Tucson, AZ, USA

Registration for SITS is now closed.

This symposium will be a forum to share and discuss instruments and technologies for making seismological and complementary geophysical observations, including magnetotelluric, geodetic, atmospheric, and meteorologic. It will explore the capabilities that scientists and engineers are seeking, highlight technologies that are currently available from industry and those that are being developed, and show applications in a variety of settings, e.g. onland, polar, marine, etc. Agendas and presentations from previous SITS are available for viewing: 2013, 2011, 2009

We welcome researchers, technology users, and vendors and will allocate significant time for discussion and interaction. Participant support is available. We especially encourage participation from early career scientists in both industry and academia.

Participant Support Guidelines
Support for travel and/or lodging should be requested when registering and is primarily reserved for members of the U.S. academic research community and small contractor LLCs or individual consultants. IRIS offers reimbursement of up to two hotel nights and partial cost of transportation to/from Tucson, based on availability of funds. Attendees who are requesting support should register by 8/31. Lunch on the first day, as well as refreshments and snacks during breaks, will be available to all attendees at the symposium. Participants are responsible for all other meals.


The nearest airport is Tucson International Airport (TUS). The airport is located 9 miles (20 minutes) from the hotel.

Flight Discount

Symposium attendees can access a flight discount through Delta Airlines. To use this discount (which may not be applicable to all flight classes):

  1. Go to:
  2. Select "Book A Trip"
  3. Enter in the meeting code: NMSEV in the "Meeting Event Code" box
  4. Proceed with flight booking
  5. You may also call 1-800-328-1111 (Monday-Friday, 7:00am-7:30pm CT) and refer to the meeting event code “NMSEV”


Marriott Tucson University Park 
880 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 792-4100

Go to: Reservation Website

The reduced group room rate is $94*/night USD (single/double occupancy). In addition, a 12.05% sales tax will be billed to each room night charge. The cut-off date to make room reservations is October 1, 2018. Please visit the website to make your reservations.

If you prefer to call-in and make your reservation, you can call 800-453-0309 and mention the Group Name: Seismic Instrumentation Technical Symposium 2018 and the Group Code: IRI. Reservations made after the cut-off date will not be offered the group rate. Additionally, the group rate is first come first serve; reservations made after the block is filled will need to pay the regular hotel rate.

*Room rate is based on the current federal government rate.

Ground Transportation

  • Reservations for Stagecoach Express service can be made online. They charge $24/one way, $46/round-trip
  • Uber/Lyft ranges between $15-$25/one way.
  • Taxis are also readily available at the airport, on the lower level outside of baggage claim.
  • If you're driving to the hotel from TUS: Take S Tucson Boulevard and South Kino Parkway to E 2nd Street. Turn right onto E 2nd Street, the hotel will be on your right.


Overnight Hotel Guests: Self Parking at the hotel is available at a rate of $13/day. Valet-Parking is also available at a rate of $24/day. There is limited parking, so this will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overnight guests will need to check into the hotel first to receive parking instructions.

Day Guests (attending meetings or events): There is parking available at the hotel on a first-come, first-serve basis. The hourly rate is $2/hour and does not accommodate in and out privileges.

Getting Around

The Tucson Streetcar provides convenient access between the hotel and restaurants in downtown Tucson. Transit cards can be procured beforehand or at the station.

Places to Visit around Tucson

Saguaro National Park
Sabino Canyon
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Monday, October 29, 2018 (Day 0)

Monday, October 29th, 2018, 7–8pm

4:00 pm
6:00 pm

Registration - Foyer

Poster setup - Canyon

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (Day 1)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 7am–8pm

7:00 am
8:00 am

Registration - Foyer

Breakfast on your own

8:00 am
8:10 am

Introduction and logistics - Madera/Pima

8:10 am
8:40 am

Keynote 1

An Update on IRIS Instrumentation Services Activities and Plans - Bob Woodward (IRIS)

8:40 am
9:10 am

Session 1: Advancements in enabling technology

Recent developments in power, communications, and hardware implementation

  • Communication with CubeSats - Ewan Douglas (MIT)

9:10 am
10:30 am

Session 2: Advancements in instrumentation

Recent developments in seismic sensing systems (15 mins/talk)

  • New Electromagnetic and Optical Fiber Strainmeters and Tiltmeters for Measuring Deformation - Scott DeWolf (Clemson University)
  • BlueSeis-3A Rotational Seismometer - Théo Laudat (iXblue)
  • Earthquake Detection and Surface Monitoring Using DAS - Steve Cole (Optasense)
  • Molecular Electronic Transducer Seismometer for Space Exploration - Zuofeng Zhao (Arizona State University)
  • Results of a Recent Instrument Response Test
    for Three Nodal Seismometers - Dan Hollis (Sisprobe SAS)

10:30 am
11:00 am

Break - Foyer

Setup posters

11:00 am
12:00 pm

Vendor forum I

Introductions and updates from commercial vendors (6 mins/each)

  • Ampere Lat - Mario Simonett
  • Fairfield Geotechnologies - Jim Blattman
  • Geometrics/OYO Corporation - Koichi Hayashi
  • Güralp Systems Ltd - Stuart Allardice
  • INOVA Geophysical - Dennis Pavel
  • ISTI - Sid Hellman
  • iXblue - Shayan Haque
  • Kinemetrics Inc. - Ogie Kuraica
  • Leeman Geophysical LLC - John Leeman

12:00 pm
1:10 pm

Buffet lunch - Sabino

1:10 pm
2:20 pm

Session 3: Advancements in emplacement practices

Recent developments in concerning instrument emplacement and operation (15 mins/each)

  • Impacts of New sensor Installations on Data Quality at Permanent Stations - Dave Wilson (USGS)
  • Optimizing Drilling Technology for a Range of Scientific Objectives - Mike Lundgren (Lundgren Systems)
  • Coherence and Spectra Analysis of the USArray TA PY Posthole Test Array - Frank Vernon (University of California - San Diego)
  • Quick Deployment Strategies for Multi-month to Multi-year Seismic Observations - Lara Wagner (Carnegie Institution for Science)

2:20 pm
3:15 pm

Session 4: Operating in extreme environments

Examples of challenges when making observations in unique or demanding conditions (15 mins/each)

  • InSight: Installing a Seismometer on Mars - Ken Hurst (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Alaska Volcano Observatory: Challenges of Monitoring Volcanoes in Alaska - John Paskievitch (Alaska Volcano Observatory)
  • Glaciology and Seismology - Paul Winberry (Central Washington University)

3:15 pm
3:45 pm

Break - Foyer

Setup posters

3:45 pm
4:30 pm

Vendor forum II

  • Nanometrics Inc. - Bruce Townsend
  • OptaSense - Lisa LaFlame
  • OSOP - Angel Rodriguez
  • RefTek: A Trimble Brand - Leonid Zimakov
  • Septentrio - Mo Kapila
  • Silicon Audio - Brad Avenson
  • Xeos Technologies/AlertGeomatics - Derek Inglis

4:30 pm
5:00 pm

Poster pop-up talks

  • Citizen Scientists Using a Low-Cost Raspberry Shake Network Out Perform Seiscomp3 Program - Angel Rodriguez
  • Long-Range Radio Frequency Links - Diana Ghenno
  • Volcanic and Seismic Instrumentation, Installations and Data Acquisition Systems Network OVSICORI-UNA - Hairo Villalobos
  • Drilling and Installs 2018 - Order and Method, and 'The Little Gray Cells' - Jeremy Miner
  • Recording Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Microseisms with Geophones using Period Extension Filters: Comparing Seismic Source Company’s Sigma 4 Node to OSOP’s Raspberry Shake and Raspberry Jam - Jim O'Donnell
  • Redesigning the AS-1 Signal Processor - John Leeman
  • Dam Safety Office Strong Motion Monitoring Program - Justin Ball
  • EarthScope Transportable Array in Alaska - Kasey Aderhold
  • Ambient Noise Tomography for Near-Surface S-Wave Velocity Delineation Using Cable-less Seismographs - Koichi Hayashi
  • Advanced Smart Battery with MPPT - Mario Simonett 
  • Adapting Professional Multi-Frequency GNSS Receivers for Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) and Geoscience: On-board Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and Quality Archiving - Mo Kapila
  • MyShake: A Dense Seismic Array with Smartphone Sensors - Qingkai Kong
  • Seismic Instrumentation in the Dominican Republic - Rafael Pujols
  • R&D and New Sensor Design - Theo Laudat 

5:00 pm
6:00 pm

Posters - Canyon

6:30 pm
8:30 pm

Group dinner - Seis Kitchen food truck

Meal tickets will only be given to those who indicated "Yes" for the Group Dinner when they registered.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (Day 2)

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 7am–12pm

6:45 am
8:00 am

Breakfast  - Sabino

Discussion of workforce pipeline issues (spots reserved in advance)

8:00 am
8:30 am

Keynote 2 - Madera/Pima

What Technology and Observations Will Be Needed for The “Next Big Thing"? - Brian Stump (Southern Methodist University)

8:30 am
10:00 am

Session 5: Frontiers in seismic observations that drive future needs

Novel scientific applications that push the envelope of technological capabilities

  • Quantitative Comparison of Real Data for Dense Geophone Arrays and Sparser Broadband Stations - Inferences for Instrument Choice - John Hole (Virginia Tech)
  • Seismic Instrumentation in LIGO - Jenne Diggers (Caltech)
  • Ultra Low Frequency Noise Properties from Analysis of Data from the Homestake 3D Broadband Array - Gary Pavlis (Indiana University)
  • Strain, Rotation, and Seismic Arrays - Chuck Langston (University of Memphis, CERI)

10:00 am
10:30 am

Break - Foyer

10:30 am
11:00 am

Keynote 3

Developments of instruments, hardware, network design, and operational philosophies over the last several decades and how these inform future developments in technology that impacts science - Joe Steim (Quanterra, Inc.)

11:00 am
12:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Future challenges and practices in instrumentation

How should IRIS approach instrumentation and receive community input over the next 10 years?

How and what technology will enable breakthrough science?

What are the funding models?

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The poster session will be held in the Canyon rooms on Tuesday, October 30 at 4:45 PM.

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Attendees may hang posters from 4:00-6:00 PM on Monday, October 29 and during breaks from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30. Because there is no dedicated space for exhibitors, anyone wishing to show a reasonably sized instrument or piece of equipment is welcome to display it at their poster.

Take Down

Posters must be removed by 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 31. Any poster that is left up after that time will be discarded.


Posters should be no larger than 8' wide x 4' high. If you plan to bring two posters, please adjust their size to fit on one board.

Important Dates
  • Registration:
    Jul 13th – Oct 1st
  • Workshop dates:
    Oct 30th – 31st
  • Workshop Location