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Station Servicing

Guideline Documents


May 7, 2009


Here are links to documents that will help you to think about seismic station siting considerations and seismic vault construction during planning stages, field reconnaisance, and instrument deployment. Also included here are links to guidelines and procedures for station installation and station servicing.


Station Servicing Common Failures

Murphy was Right!

There is a long litany of things that can go wrong during station servicing, including:

Station Service Procedure

Although PASSCAL station installations can vary according to the type of equipment being used, servicing is relatively straightforward and similar between station designs and equipment. 

Station servicing has 3 main goals:
• To retrieve waveform data recorded by the station since the previous service;
• To identify and rectify any problems with equipment or damage to the station;
• To refresh consumable items such as compact flash (CF) cards, batteries, etc.

A simple station with easy vehicular access should take around 20 man-minutes to service.

Station Servicing Suggested Materials List


To prepare for servicing the stations in your experiment, contact Landowners, contact PASSCAL, charge/check all necessary batteries: e.g. Clie, laptop, voltmeter, station spares, Battery for Baler downloads, handheld GPS. Review prior data, if this is not the first service trip.

Items To Pack for Station Servicing Trip:

Clie - Charge it BEFORE you go into the field
    Clie Power Supply
    Hot Sync Cable
    Serial Cable for RT-130 AND/OR
    Serial Cable for Q330 (i.e. you must have the cabling necessary to communicate with your dataloggers)

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