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The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Portable Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) Instrument Center and EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility (AOF) at New Mexico Tech support cutting-edge seismological research into Earth’s fundamental geological structure and processes. The facility provides instrumentation for National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and otherwise funded seismological experiments around the world. PASSCAL experiment support includes seismic instrumentation, equipment maintenance, software, data archiving, training, logistics, and field installation.

Continued expansion of IRIS activities at New Mexico Tech via the EarthScope and other initiatives has spurred a major facility expansion, the EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility. The AOF was officially dedicated on April 6, 2005 by the New Mexico Tech administration and the IRIS Board of Directors. The combined PASSCAL Instrument Center and AOF currently support a total of 33 professional New Mexico Tech staff, as well as a contingent of student workers.

PASSCAL and USArray Flexible Array equipment is available to any research or educational institution to use for research purposes within the guidelines of established policies. These policies provide that data collected with PASSCAL and/or USArray equipment be archived at the IRIS Data Management Center and that the data are openly available to the community. Instruments can be requested online using the PASSCAL Instrument Request Forms.

Recent News

Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Department Specialist

IRIS/PASSCAL at New Mexico Tech is seeking a Department Specialist to support facility activities. The Department Specialist's duties will include: Assisting with documentation and record keeping for shipments of PASSCAL equipment; assisting with staff travel including arrangements, requisitions and expense reports; Reception/Front Desk responsibilities include answering telephones and providing information to callers, taking messages, or transferring calls to appropriate individuals. Greet visitors and callers, handle their inquiries, and direct them to the appropriate person according to their needs. Maintain scheduling and event calendar. Learn to operate new office technologies as they are developed and implemented. Work with other campus units on management of personnel, payroll, ISD billing, travel, and other issues for staff and visitors. Liaison with facilities management; and Coordinating meetings and special events.

PASSCAL Announces Software release: Nexus, a simple tool for creating SEED meta-data.

PASSCAL is pleased to announce the release of Nexus, a simple tool for creating SEED meta-data.

Nexus is a software tool with a graphical interface that allows users to quickly and easily create and modify SEED meta-data. It outputs StationXML, the recently adopted replacement format for Dataless SEED. Nexus greatly simplifies preparing data for archival at the DMC. 

Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Staff Scientist/Magnetotellurics Specialist

Staff Scientist/Magnetotellurics Specialist

Institution: IRIS PASSCAL
Open Until: 2019-01-31

JOB DUTIES:
Core responsibility is to support magnetotelluric equipment pool at IRIS/ PASSCAL. Support will include: equipment testing and maintenance; coordinating equipment use; data archiving; user training and fieldwork. The Magnetotelluric Specialist will also be responsible for developing training and use documentation emphasizing best practices.

Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Staff Scientist/Data Specialist

The IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech solicits applications for a professional Staff Scientist/Data Specialist for seismology support operations. The PASSCAL Instrument Center supports both controlled and passive source seismology worldwide with end-to-end experiment support services, state-of-the-art portable seismic instrumentation, and advanced field and database management tools.

Employment Opportunity at IRIS PASSCAL: Systems Specialist

​Systems Specialist

JOB DUTIES:

Computer and network systems administration. Provides professional technical support services to facility staff and users. Install, configure, and troubleshoot computer hardware, software, systems, networks and printers. Provide technical support across the facility. Repair and replace equipment as necessary. Assist system Administrator in server maintenance, web programming, and client/ server-side scripting.

 

Three-component Node Procurement Update

As a response to the seismological community's desire to deploy a larger number of 3-component nodal seismic systems, the IRIS PASSCAL standing committee has guided IRIS management to procure more nodes for the PASSCAL pool. IRIS already has 73 Fairfield ZLAND 3-component 5Hz nodes in the pool and these have been subscribed for more than 2 years out. We have now begun the procurement of another 460 Fairfield nodes for general PASSCAL pool use. We expect to receive these new nodes in the fall of 2018. The new nodes should be ready for general pool usage starting in February, 2019 after evaluation and acceptance is complete (bringing the general node pool to 533 units). Please feel free to include the new nodes in instrument requests for experiments with start dates after February 2019.

IRIS PASSCAL Data Policy Update

IRIS/PASSCAL has updated our Data Policy. The new Policy, which was published on November 1, 2017,  can be perused here. It details the archiving requirements for data collected with IRIS PASSCAL equipment through the PASSCAL Instrument Center (PIC)

Tutorial on PASSCAL's New Instrument Request Form and PI Home Page

In June 2016, PASSCAL implemented a new version of the Instrument Scheduling Database.

This tutorial shows Principal Investigators how to request an account, how to log in, how to use the PI Home Page, and how to submit a new and/or modify an existing Instrument Request.

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