Learn from the developers of SeisComP

Basic Training

for new users

The basic training mainly deals with the installation, configuration and usage of SeisComP. It typically covers the following topics which can be adjusted to your needs:

  • Introduction to characteristics of SeisComP.
  • Setup of a full SeisComP system from scratch, installation of the latest SeisComP release and future updates.
  • Generation of station information including responses.
  • Setup of the data acquisition, storage and distribution using SeedLink and FDSNWS.
  • Configuration of the automatic and interactive data processing modules through the graphical user interface and by command-line tools.
  • In-depth introduction and application of graphical user interfaces for data analysis.
  • Data management utilities.
  • Tuning of SeisComP for local, regional and global earthquake monitoring including waveform processing, automatic phase pickers, event locators and associator.
  • Application and tuning of magnitudes.
  • Hands-on training with focus on application of interactive data analysis, real-time playbacks, off-line playbacks and hands-on tuning.
  • Customization of graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
  • Participants may bring their own data sets and use it for tuning.


  • Generation of station meta data including responses of sensors and data loggers from scratch using gempa’s SMP

Duration: Typically 4 days but maybe adjusted.

Location: gempa offices or we visit you.

Advanced Training

for experienced users

The focus of this advanced training is on data analysis and tuning of the automatic system for local application. The training typically covers the following topics which can be adjusted to your needs:

  • Upgrade to the latest SeisComP release.
  • Introduction to tuning options of the standard SeisComP package.
  • Introduction to scanloc.
  • Introduction to new S-picker algorithm.
  • Offline playbacks.
  • Tuning of scautopick and scautoloc for local earthquake monitoring.
  • Configuration of new S-picker and its graphical tuning interface.
  • Configuration of scanloc.
  • Data analysis and tuning.
  • Customization of maps: different map projections, vector layers such as faults and districts and legends as well as source regions.
  • Integration of specific velocity models and integration of other locators such as LOCSAT, Hypo71, NonLinLoc, iLoc or almost any other external locator.
  • Configuration of magnitudes.


  • Generation of station meta data including responses of sensors and data loggers from scratch using gempa’s SMP .
  • Automatic real-time import of event solutions from external FDSNWS servers.

In addition the participants get an institute-wide 5 years license for

  • gempa’s scanloc (cluster search based automatic earthquake detection and location module)
  • gempa’s S-picker plugin (SAIC)
  • gempa’s mapprojection package including the plugins for map projections, map tiles support and multiple dynamic grid display

Duration: Typically 4 days but maybe adjusted.

Location: gempa offices or we visit you.

Special Training

tailored to your needs

Our special trainings are especially designed for you! We can train you according to your needs and applications for any SeisComP and gempa module, for administrators or decision makers. Choose from any topic, e.g.:

  • Data analyst training focusing on reliable and efficient operation of GUIs in every-day use
  • Professional and high-availability data acquisition, storage and distribution based on CAPS
  • Local earthquake monitoring using scanloc, ccloc or sceval
  • Real-time monitoring of network performance and automatic re-configuration: npeval, scqceval
  • Automatic or interactive moment tensor inversion: Moment Tensors
  • Shake maps and strong motion data processing: SIGMA
  • Array seismology and infrasound detection: LAMBDA
  • Redundant and highly available SeisComP systems: QuakeLink
  • Monitoring of structures and buildings: SHARD
  • Tsunami observation and simulation: TOAST
  • Volcano monitoring: VORTEX
  • Automatic and interactive dissemination of earthquake and tsunami information: GDS
  • Generating images from waveforms, events on maps or diagrams for websites and reports: GIS
  • Publishing results on websites using EQEvents
  • Generation of station meta data from scratch: SMP
  • Professional SeisComP system administration and monitoring
  • Programming your own application for SeisComP

Contact us for any other topic you have in mind. If you just want to learn about the topics and try out the modules before purchasing we can provide you with training licenses valid for some period beyond the trainings.

Duration: We will design the training with you. Each topic typically **requires 1 - 5 days.

Location: gempa offices or we visit you.

Requests/ Registration

contact us

You may register for our regular SeisComP trainings or ask us to train a dedicated group of experts on any particular topic you wish to learn about. We conduct the trainings in our new training room offering direct contact to our developers. Alternatively we will visit you at your premises for training on your own SeisComP system.

Find our upcoming trainings and use the contact form for registration, requests for training or any other question.

Terms and Conditions

being well-prepared

Hardware and software requirements

Participants bring their own computer with a supported Linux installed and WiFi access. gempa provides software only for Linux distributions with Long-Term-Support (LTS). Participants are responsible for the full functioning of their computer Alternatively, we may provide Linux in a Virtual Machine (VM) for which the participant must have VirtualBox with extension pack installed in the lastest version. Participants are responsible for installing and testing of the VM before the start of the training.

For installation of the VM or SeisComP in your host machine we require the minimum conditions.

Basic and Advanced trainings:

  • 2 CPUs,
  • 3 GB RAM,
  • 20 GB free harddisk (the software needs much less but you may wish to store waveform data),
  • Monitor with Full HD resolution,
  • Mouse for comfortable interaction, not just a touch pad,
  • One of the supported Linux distributions installed.

Other trainings:

The hardware and software requirements depend on your SeisComP system and will be communicated before the training.

Accommodation, Boarding, Transportation

The course fee does not cover any cost for accommodation, boarding and transportation. Snacks and drinks will be provided during courses in our offices in Potsdam.

Accommodation and transportation in Potsdam

enjoy your stay

Potsdam offers a wide range of hotels at different categories. The city center of nearby Berlin is easy to reach by public transportation but at least half an hour extra time should be considered to get to our premises.

Hotels in Potsdam that are close to our premises include:

Public transport in Potsdam and Berlin is usually dense and reliable. Trams, buses and trains are within walking distance from our premise at the Potsdam’s central train station. Check the connections of tram, bus or train lines:

With many UNESCO World Heritage tourist attractions, Potsdam and Berlin have much to offer after the trainings. We are sure you will enjoy your stay with us.

Participants about the training

get better

We welcome your feedback as it helps us to constantly improve our trainings and seminars.

Frank M. after a Basic Training in autumn, 2020:

“I would like to thank you once again for this training that we had the last two weeks. I have to admit that I was a bit stressed before the start, especially because of the online context of the sessions. And at the end, everything went great. The rhythm was adapted for a good comprehension of the concepts and there was enough time to practice and to ask questions. Not being so familiar as some others could be with the program, I never felt overtaken or uncomfortable during the training and I had the opportunity to learn a lot about it. I want to thank you for your patience, your comprehension and your help and pieces of advice during these two weeks."

Thomas L. after a Advanced Training in autumn, 2020:

“The Advanced Training was really great, Dirk mastered it! Congratulations for all the developments & success of gempa!"