Webinar Schedule

Combining Seismology, Structural Engineering and Behavioral Science
to Enable Better Earthquake Emergency Response

Featuring Dr. Derek Skolnik & Brandon Parrott, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Earthquakes present unique challenges to impacted regions, organizations, and individuals, and catastrophic consequences can result from improper decision-making during these emergency events.

As such, earthquake response systems must be optimized through a combination of science and technology that provides a foundation to deliver the information and tools required by a multitude of stakeholders before, during, and after the event.

If the system serves the engineering community but does not meet the needs of the public or emergency responders, its value can be called into question. Earthquake response systems serve multiple stakeholders and must address the needs of each in a manner consistent with their expectations – detailed technical information for scientists and engineers, actionable information for emergency responders, and safety instructions for the general public.

Maximizing the effect of these systems also requires that they be integrated into the everyday systems and processes of those who rely on them.

In this session, Dr. Derek Skolnik and Brandon Parrott from Kinemetrics will discuss how leading organizations use the OasisPlus Earthquake Response Platform to ensure quick, safe, and effective emergency response. The presentation will center on real-world examples, and describe how best to meet the needs of the various groups – the public, technical professionals, emergency responders, and decision makers – affected by a given earthquake.

This informative webinar + Q&A will provide a new insight into how to maximize situational awareness and ensure effective earthquake response.

We look forward to seeing you there!


May 8 @ 9AM (Pacific)

Introducing QME – A New Standard for Seismographic and Environmental Monitoring
Data Acquisition

Featuring Dr. Mathias Franke, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Seismographic networks frequently incorporate the acquisition of related data sources. For example, the Global Seismographic Network combines data acquired from infrasound and meteorological sensors. The physical connection of multiple data sources to data acquisition equipment requires significant systems engineering to mitigate conditions that compromise the quality of acquired data

However, geophysical and environmental sensors are not physically co-located, resulting in wiring, which must be protected against physical damage.

The Q8 data acquisition system integrates additional data sources using low-power wireless transmission from multiple nodes via a secure, error-correcting protocol. This ensures precise timing in each node and allows nodes to “relay” traffic in a mesh topology.

Eliminating physical connections enables the placement of sensors for additional data (e.g., weather stations, magnetometers, etc.) in their optimal physical location away from local interference. Supporting up to 16 channels of information from up to 8 QME (Quanterra Mesh Extension) nodes at up to 1 sample/sec, the Q8 changes the standard for implementation of remote and distributed systems.

In this live webinar and Q&A session, Dr. Mathias Franke will describe the features of the QME, and provide understanding of how this technological advancement changes the standards for implementation of seismological and environmental sensors.

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 8 @ 9AM (Pacific)


CROSSNET Project: A New Vision for the Croatian Seismological Survey

Featuring Tomislav Fiket, Croatian Seismological Survey

The Croatian Seismological Survey faced numerous difficulties before the Zagreb and Petrinja earthquakes in 2020. The organization was understaffed, and had a meager number of stations – 17 in total – belonging to the national network. Among these, there were 8 additional strong motion stations. Additionally, the IT equipment was outdated, and the funding allocated to the survey was negligible. Under such circumstances, maintaining the national network was challenging, and upgrades to the network were impossible.

The situation began to change after the Zagreb earthquake in March 2020, but the real turning point came with the Petrinja earthquake in December of the same year. In the days following the earthquake, a donation of 20 sets of mobile stations, consisting of both broadband and strong motion instruments in each set, was received. Furthermore, the annual budget was increased, and the long-awaited opportunity to upgrade the national network of seismic stations was granted by including this project in the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience for 2021.

The CROSSNET project, an acronym for the Croatian Seismological Survey Network, is funded by EU funds and supported by the government, which covers VAT costs and other expenses. The total budget, including VAT, amounts to 13 million euros.

In this informative webinar and Q&A, special guest speaker Tomislav Fiket will explain the desired outcomes of the CROSSNET project and outline the envisioned evolution of the Croatian Seismological Survey.

We look forward to seeing you there!


July 5 @ 9AM (Pacific)

Looking Inside the Earth and Planets

Featuring Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

Eighty-six years have passed since discovering the Earth’s inner core and more than fifty years since our first journey to the Moon.

Meanwhile, global seismology has come a long way in providing insights into Earth’s internal structure and dynamics. However, progress in imaging the Earth’s inner core – a planet within the planet – has been impeded by the lack of geometric coverage of body waves from large earthquakes. Only recently, we confirmed its innermost part contains distinct seismic anisotropy. In seeking the ways forward, scientists experimented with earthquake coda correlation. This contributed to the rise of a new paradigm – the coda-correlation wavefield.

The first applications proved the inner core’s solidity by unambiguously detecting shear waves and anisotropy in shear. Then it was shown that a single seismograph and global-scale waveform cross-correlations between seismic events (inter-source correlation) could be used to scan planetary cores. This technique allowed the team involved to constrain the sizes of the cores of Earth and Mars and confirmed that the Martian core is large.

In this session, special guest speaker Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić will demonstrate how the coda-correlation studies – apart from further development and the proliferation of seismic sensors – may play a central role in global and planetary seismology in the coming decades.

In this informative webinar + Q&A, Professor Tkalčić presents a fascinating new look at these innovative methods that you won’t want to miss.

Don’t miss it!


June 7 @ 9AM (Pacific)

The 99% Data Return Recipe

Featuring Dr. Mathias Franke, Kinemetrics Inc.

99% Data Return over an entire year – No Timing Issues – No Micro Gaps. These performance indicators tell the story of sound engineering, outstanding dataloggers, and enterprise-class software.

Data return is the ultimate benchmark of the success of any environmental monitoring network. Without data, operators gain no value from their investment in the system. Systems related to the observational sciences (e.g., seismic networks, etc.) rely even more heavily upon high data returns. You can’t schedule an earthquake, so if the system misses data, generates error-laced returns, or experiences downtime, entire events can be missed.

In this informative webinar + Q&A, Dr. Mathias Franke describes how to achieve the lofty target of 99% data return with pristine timing in real-world seismic systems. This presentation places particular emphasis on the practical application of specific technology based upon a proven track record of delivering unmatched data return in large mission-critical systems.

Don’t miss it!


April 5 @ 9AM (Pacific)

Virtual Antelope User Group Meeting 2023


Boulder Real Time Technologies (BRTT) and Kinemetrics are hosting a Virtual Antelope User Group Meeting January 18-19 from 9am – 12pm (Pacific).

There will be 8 presentations across the TWO-DAY EVENT, each with a question and answer period following the presentation.

If you would like the chance to hear more about the Antelope Environmental Monitoring System from a diverse group of experts, we would love to see you there!

Here is a look at the schedule:


Wednesday – January 18

9:00am – Kent Lindquist (BRTT)

What’s New in Antelope 5.12: Challenges and Future Directions

9:40am – Alex Farrell (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Reimagining How the Alaska Earthquake Center Authoritative Catalog is Generated – Part 1

10:20am – Mathias Franke (Kinemetrics)

Seismic Networks in the Cloud

11:00am – Alex Farrell (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Reimagining How the Alaska Earthquake Center Authoritative Catalog is Generated – Part 2


Thursday – January 19

9:00am – Gary Pavlis (Indiana University)

Massively Parallel Analysis System for Seismology (MsPASS): a Framework for New Frontiers in Seismology Research

10:00am – Dennis Pumphry (Kinemetrics)

Q8’s Mesh Network

10:30am – Jamie Steidl (University of California Santa Barbara)

Examples of how Antelope facilitates the engineering research on earthquake effects like nonlinear soil behavior and liquefaction, and on real-time monitoring and alerting for structural systems.

11:00am – Frank Vernon (University of California San Diego)

Antelope Structural Health Monitoring Applications

Don’t miss it!

January 18-19 from 9am – 12pm (Pacific).

Seismic Networks in the Cloud

Featuring Dr. Mathias Franke, Kinemetrics Inc.

Traditional earthquake data processing is carried out utilizing dedicated hardware in a data center run by the seismic network operator. Such specialized data centers must be carefully planned, and hardware resources (space, power, servers, storage, routers, etc.) are purchased in advance or constantly aggregated/modified/updated.

With the evolution of the internet as the backbone of international data exchange, multi-tenant data centers started to evolve in many fields, eventually resulting in scientific cloud computing.

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of computing power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet. State-of-the-art cloud data centers offer flexibility and scalability for demand-driven processes that can deliver the reliability required for critical observational science and civil protection initiatives such as seismic monitoring networks.

In this session, Dr. Mathias Franke will introduce us to the requirements, challenges, and opportunities provided by cloud-based seismic monitoring solutions such as Kinemetrics’ Aspen platform.

During this informative webinar and Q&A session, Dr. Franke will systematically and financially compares two cloud configurations: one for a small scientific network with a few data users and another for a very large national network with many stakeholders from network operators to emergency officers.

Don’t miss it!


October 26 @ 9AM (Pacific)

What’s New in Antelope 5.12

Featuring Dr. Kent Lindquist, Boulder Real Time Technologies

The Antelope Environmental Monitoring Software sets the standard for data acquisition, analysis, and management software. Designed to provide a comprehensive set of real-time environmental monitoring data and processed information, Antelope is leveraged by the 10 largest seismic networks in the world (outside of Japan) to ensure the highest level of data return and robustness.

In this presentation and live Q&A, Dr. Kent Lindquist will discuss the new challenges addressed and important advances in the recently released version 5.12 of the Antelope Environmental Monitoring System.

June 29 @ 9AM (Pacific)


Non-Invasive Subsurface Site Characterization for Seismic Ground Response Analyses

Featuring Dr. Brady Cox, Utah State University

The importance of accurately predicting site effects for engineering infrastructure projects in seismically active regions cannot be overstated.

Numerical earthquake wave propagation simulations, known as ground response analyses (GRAs), are commonly performed in an attempt to estimate the site-specific, frequency-dependent amplification of seismic waves (i.e., site effects) as they travel from a reference bedrock condition up through soil layers to the ground surface.

One-, two-, and three-dimensional (1D, 2D, and 3D) GRAs have been developed. However, recent studies have revealed that recorded ground motions at more than 50% of borehole array sites are modeled using 1D GRAs. While 3D GRAs are theoretically plausible, they remain largely inaccessible due to a lack of adequate and affordable site characterization methods that can be used to develop 3D subsurface shear wave velocity (Vs) models down to depths required for ground response studies.

In this presentation, Dr. Brady Cox will detail several seismic site characterization methods usable in developing subsurface models for use in 1D, 2D and 3D GRAs. Dr. Cox will discuss methods such as horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratios (HVSR or H/V) of ambient noise, multi-channel analysis of surface waves and microtremor array measurement.

Additionally, a new geostatistical approach that can be used for building large pseudo-3D Vs models as a means to rationally account for spatial variability in GRAs will be presented. Each of these methods will be discussed from the perspective of case history applications, including comparisons between recorded and GRA-predicted ground motions at several borehole array sites.

April 27 @ 9AM (Pacific)