30 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022
- Understanding the roles of National Data Centres in the verification regime;
- Building and/or improving the National Data Centre capabilities;
- Providing participants with sufficient knowledge for accessing and using IMS data and IDC products; and
- Providing practical experience in analyzing IMS data using NDC-in-a-Box Software.
- NDC technical staff/authorized users (preferably Principal User or Regular User);
- Experience in waveform data analysis and/or similar experience related to nuclear test ban verification;
- Seismologists with an advanced degree who operate or have access to regional and local seismic network data and the means of processing that data to provide accurate phase pick information;
- Linux background and some SQL experience are desirable.
06 Jun 2022 - 10 Jun 2022
To provide PKI Operators with basic knowledge and technical understanding on Data Authentication, Data Surety, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) concepts and terminology. The Operators will learn how to generate key pairs, how to submit certificate requests and how to retrieve and install certificates for radionuclide stations using RSSI software and for waveform stations using SSI software and Guralp CMG-DM24, Nanometrics Europa-T and Kinemetrics Q330MPlus digitizers.
Nominated PKI Operators for IMS waveform and radionuclide stations.
PKI Operators of IMS stations equipped with equipment different from the equipment specified in the objectives may consider attending the general part of the training only.
Online technical training course through video-conferencing and on the CTBTO Knowledge and Training Portal (KTP).
13 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022
To strengthen the capacity of the States Signatories’ participation in the verification regime and to enhance their use of PTS data and products for civil and scientific applications using SeisComP3.
- The training is only open to CTBT States Signatories, in particular those participating in the Capacity Building Program;
- Technical staff/authorized users involved or to be involved in the use of IMS data and IDC products;
- NDC staff are the main target group;
- Experience in waveform data analysis; and
- Experience with UNIX/Linux operating system and SQL would also be beneficial.
13 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
- Understanding the role of National Data Centres (NDC) in the verification regime;
- Building and improving the NDC capabilities; and
- Strengthening the analytical skills of NDCs technical staff on access and analysis of IMS radionuclide data.
- NDC technical staff/ authorized users (preferably Principal User or Regular User);
Participation in one of the previous Radionuclide Training Course on NDC Capacity Building is a requirement;
- Experience in radionuclide data analysis and/or similar experience related to nuclear test ban verification; and
- Passing the e-Learning course is a prerequisite and is considered in selection of participants.
Note: E-Learning Training Course on NDC Capacity Building: Access and Application of IMS Data and IDC Products accessible via the CTBTO Knowledge and Training portal (https://ktp.ctbto.org). To register, please visit the e-Learning webpage (https://www.ctbto.org/ndc-e-course) and follow the instructions.
30 Jun 2022 - 01 Jul 2022
The PTS is leading the IDC SHI Reengineering project since 2014 with the goal of creating modernized, open-source software for SHI processing, and improving maintainability and extensibility to the system. Starting 2019, the project entered the implementation phase and is currently under active development.
The aim of this Alpha Tester Group (ATG) is to enhance the engagement of the NDC community towards the IDC Reengineering project. It allows low-barrier access for State Signatories and NDCs to the current state of the reengineered system.
The role of the ATG participants is to validate the results of the system, provide feedback to the system design and usability.
Following ATG 2021, we are launching a new call for participation for 2022 and 2023 ATG activities.
The objectives of the Technical Meetings prior to a testing session are to:
- Present the scope of the testing session;
- Provide the status of development;
- Guide the testers on the discovery of the newly developed features;
- Enable ATG members to run testing scripts and adapt them to different test cases.
- NDC technical staff/authorized users (preferably Principal User or Regular User);
- Experienced in waveform processing and knowledgeable about the current IDC SHI processing;
- Experienced in waveform technology and/or similarly experienced in nuclear test ban verification technologies;
- Experienced in software programming or scripting, ideally using Python (Linux background and some experience working with APIs are desirable).
The ATG project is funded by the European Union in the context of the EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/901 of 29 June 2020.
06 Jul 2022 - 07 Jul 2022
The PTS is currently in Phase 3 of the IDC Reengineering program, which includes a large-scale effort to improve the SHI processing system. The PTS will modernize the software infrastructure to make the system easier to maintain, and easier to upgrade. Pipeline processes, algorithms, and analyst interfaces will also be updated. Technical meetings are held periodically to provide a forum for experts from States Signatories to review and give feedback on Reengineering Phase 3 (RP3) progress and plans.
This 2022 technical meeting will focus on:
- Reviewing the current status of work, including progress updates, and discussion of the project plan, projected milestones, and updated deliverables.
- Presenting the results of work done within the PTS on setting up the testing environment for the Geophysical Monitoring System, and the development of integration plans for additional modules such as PMCC.
- Discussing technical and scientific issues arising from evaluation, integration and deployment of RP3 deliverables.
Experts responsible for software development for waveform monitoring at National Data Centres.
Experts involved in software development for environmental monitoring applications, particularly in waveform methods, including signal processing, user interfaces, and database systems.
Participants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one aspect of SHI data processing at the IDC.
04 Sep 2022 - 08 Sep 2022
This is the re-announcing of the NDC Capacity Building Workshop and RSTT 2020 postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Applicants who had applied for this Workshop/RSTT 2020 are kindly asked to register again.
The objectives for the NDC Capacity Building Workshop are:
- to strengthen participants’ knowledge of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the work of the Preparatory Commission;
- to further build up the national and regional capacities in implementing the Treaty and participating in the verification regime; and
- to promote the civil and scientific application of verification technologies.
The additional objectives for the RSTT and Data Sharing and Integration Training under https://www.ctbto.org/the-organization/workshops-training-and-exercises/
Applicants should be involved in the use of IMS Data and Products, in particular NDC analysts, scientific staff from seismological observatories, and/or tsunami warning centres or researchers from academic institutions with seismological background and experience The Workshop aims at having a broad representation from the MESA region.
It is highly recommended that the participants bring their own laptops, with at least 20 GB free hard disk space and 4 GB (preferably 8 GB) of RAM to enable the use of the Virtual Machine and other software that will be provided by the Commission to efficiently perform the activities related to the Workshop.
05 Sep 2022 - 07 Sep 2022
The objectives of the workshop are to support the CTBTO verification regime by creating a forum for scientific knowledge exchange on three main topics:
- Technological advancements in marine engineering pertinent to the sustainability and improvement of the hydroacoustic component of CTBT’s International Monitoring System,
- Data analysis and signal processing methods for CTBT verification purposes, and
- 3-D modelling for long-range hydroacoustic signal propagation.
The workshop is aimed towards all scientists, engineers and other persons involved in hydroacoustics, ocean observatories, acoustic sensor technologies, cabled and autonomous underwater systems and related fields.
Please be informed that the Provisional Technical Secretariat solicits presentations and posters from participants on the topics of the Workshop.
03 Oct 2022 - 07 Oct 2022
This is the re-announcement of the “NDC Workshop 2020” postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The 2022 NDC Workshop is being organized by the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in cooperation with the Government of the Kingdom of Spain.
The workshop will focus on the ability of National Data Centres (NDCs) to carry out their verification activities, including access to IMS data and IDC products and SHI and RN data sharing among NDCs. The objectives of the workshop are:
- Provide a forum for NDC experts to share their experience in fulfilling their verification responsibilities;
- Provide NDC feedback to the PTS on all aspects of the data, products, services and support NDCs in their work; under this objective, particular emphasis will be put on
- NDC contributions to Performance Monitoring and Testing (through NPEs* and other means);
- Discussions on NDC involvement in the IDC Progressive Commissioning Plan.
- Discussion of recent and ongoing IDC projects.
- Review of NDC recommendations;
- The progress results of the NPE19 will be presented and discussed, including analysis of the NPE19 event using IMS Data and other data obtained by national means. The scenario of the next NPE will also be drafted at this workshop;
- Contributions on the interaction between NDCs and research and development-related topics will also be considered.
*NPE- NDC Preparedness Exercise
28 Nov 2022 - 02 Dec 2022
The workshop will:
- Facilitate interaction between Station Operators and the PTS.
- Highlight major achievements in the Operation and Maintenance of IMS stations while focusing on the necessary steps to be taken to ensure their long-term sustainment.
- Focus on the way forward to enhance IMS station data availability, quality and its authentication.
- Update Station Operators on tools available for monitoring and assessing IMS network performance.
- Experience and challenges of network Operation and Maintenance under unforeseen circumstances.
Station Operators, local operators, NDC staff, contractors and equipment suppliers involved in the operation and maintenance of the IMS.