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

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 request support will be contacted with details of the support amount by 8/31/18. 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 $93*/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)

Time Title

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Evening mixer - location TBD

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (Day 1)

Time Title

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast on your own

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Introduction and logistics

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM

Opening Talk: 2018-2028 - NGEO, future equipment needs, and potential future facilities

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Session 1: Advancements in enabling technology

Developments in power, communications, and hardware implementation

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Session 2: Advancements in seismic systems

Developments in seismic sensors and dataloggers

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Break and put up posters

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Vendor forum I

Introductions and updates from commercial vendors (please request a slot when registering)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch (catered)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Session 3: Advancements in emplacement practices

Developments concerning instrument emplacement and operation

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 4: Operating in extreme environments

Examples of challenges when making observations in unique or demanding conditions (polar, seafloor, remote/autonomous, etc.)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Vendor forum II

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Break and set-up posters

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pop-up talks for posters

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (Day 2)

Time Title

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast on your own

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Opening Talk: What technology and observations will be needed for “Next Big Thing?"

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Vendor forum III

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session 5: Frontiers in seismic observations that drive future needs

Novel scientific applications that push the envelope of technological capabilities

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session 6: Industry directions and developments

Perspectives from industry on future directions and ties to academic research

11:30 AM – 12:30 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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If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this workshop, please check here and you will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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. Registrants will be contacted with details of the support amount by August 31st. Refreshments/snacks during breaks and lunch on the first day will be available to all attendees. Participants are responsible for all other meals.




Workshop Specific Questions

Evening of 10/30


I agree to grant IRIS permission to record on film/video and/or pictures of my participation in the SITS Workshop. I further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used as part of any future IRIS publications, brochures, other printed materials, or on IRIS's website.

I agree to grant IRIS permission to publish my contact information (name, email, and/or phone number) on the SITS website, as an active participant in the workshop, so that other participants may contact me.

Should you present at the SITS Workshop, you agree to grant IRIS permission to publish your presentation materials on the SITS website.
Dietary Restrictions
It is our pleasure to meet your dietary needs, and we are usually able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please note that dietary "preferences" are not the same as genuine restrictions, such as a medical food allergy or religious reasons. All meals served at the workshop will be in buffet-style, and we will make every effort to identify ingredients that may trigger adverse reactions for individuals with food allergies or intolerance. To ensure your health and safety, special meal requests will be tracked through your registration and relayed to the catering staff.


The abstract submission period for this workshop closed at .

The whitepaper submission period for this workshop closed at .

The webinar registration period for this workshop closed at .

Last Name First Name Institution
Aderhold Kasey IRIS
Allardice Stuart Güralp Systems Ltd
Bastien Patrick USGS
Collins John Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Detrick Robert IRIS
Frassetto Andrew IRIS
Hill Phil Güralp Systems Ltd
Kapila Mo Septentrio
Karplus Marianne UTEP
Khekan Ahlam Ministry of Science and Technology
Kuraica Ogie Kinemetrics Inc.
Leeman John Leeman Geophysical LLC
Nelson David OSOP
Nigbor Robert Consultant
Nordgren Brett OSOP
Parker Tim Nanometrics
Pavlis Gary Indiana University
Pujols Rafael Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD)
Ringler Adam USGS
Rodriguez Angel OSOP
Villalobos Hairo Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Costa Rica / Univerisdad Nacional de Costa Rica
West John Arizona State University
Wilson David USGS
Zimakov Leonid Trimble Inc.

The scholarship application period for this workshop closed at .

Important Dates

  • Registration open:
    Fri, July 13, 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    Mon, October 01, 2018
  • Workshop dates:
    October 30-31, 2018

Workshop Location
Tucson Marriott University Park