Learn from the developers of SeisComP3

Basic Training

for new users

The basic training mainly deals with the installation, configuration and usage of SeisComP3. It covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to characteristics of SeisComP3
  • Setup of a full SeisComP3 system from scratch
  • SeisComP3 Installation
  • Integration of station information including responses into SeisComP3
  • Configuration of the real-time data acquisition, storage and distribution including Seedlink and FDSNWS
  • Configuration of the automatic real-time data processing modules through the graphical user interface
  • Filter application
  • Tuning of SeisComP3 for local earthquake monitoring
  • Practical training (focusing on off-line playbacks and hands-on tuning)
  • Data management utilities
  • Configuration of mangnitudes
  • Customization of graphical user interfaces (GUIs)


  • 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 lasts 4 days and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to tuning options of the standard SeisComP3 package
  • Introduction to scanloc
  • Introduction to new S-picker algorithm
  • Offline playbacks
  • Tuning of scautopick and scautoloc for local earthquake monitoring
  • Configuration of scanloc
  • Configuration of new S-picker
  • Data analysis and tuning
  • Customization of maps: different map projections, vector layers such as faults and districts and legends
  • Customization of specific velocity models and integration of other locators such as Hypo71 and NonLinLoc
  • Magnitudes configuration


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

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 plug-in (SAIC)
  • gempa's maprojection package including the plug-ins 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

taylored to your needs

Our special trainings are especially designed for you! We can train you according to your needs and applications for any SeisComP3 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: MT
  • Shake maps and strong motion data processing: SIGMA
  • Array seismology and infrasound detection: LAMBDA
  • Redundant and highly available SeisComP3 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 SeisComP3 system administration and monitoring
  • Programming your own application for SeisComP3

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 SeisComP3 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 SeisComP3 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

Participants bring their own computer with a supported Linux installed and WiFi access. gempa only supports Linux distributions with Long-Term-Support (LTS). Alternatively, we can provide Linux in a Virtual Machine for which the participant must have VirtualBox installed.

The course fee does not cover any cost for accommodation, boarding and transportation. Snacks and drinks will be provided during the course.

Accomodation and transportation in Potsdam

enjoy your stay

Potsdam offers a wide range of hotels at different categories. The city centre 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, busses 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.