Tech Staff Meeting Notes April 26, 2004

Current Top Priorities are:PERC, Routine Maintenance and ISIS Upgrade, and Loose Ends

See War Room calendar for scheduled priorities


Routine Maintenance. MKTA are back. Still tons to do though.

BB network upgrade. Need the VHF transceivers.

New UPS's are installed, need to switch servers to them after the semester is over.

Battery charging station. Need a hood.

Still need to finish 4th channel up grade on 13 lnxt and 5 nmad stations (more or less, all the TN stations). These are a pain since by now, they are more or less cemented in. Degaining subroutines incorporated into xpick. Also available is a standalone version at /gaia/smeagol/local/bin/degain.

Few more strongmotion stations left for routine service.


Need to get malfunctioning systems back in order to install.

I-40 Bridge. There are a host of digital/software issues to resovle that is too lengthy to discuss here. Alex is working on interface to ring buffer. Pattern seems to be a couple hang every 1 to 5 days. Is this hardware? Do we need a software fix to just power cycle? Timing seems to go off by as much as 80ms and does not sync; self-corrects on reboot.


FDL. Do we or do we not need additional boxes and cables for the CMG6 (John will discuss with Horton). Need "smoking room". Laptops will be standalone. John is using Horton's 3 spare matlab licenses and his pc compatable sac read matlab script. After Mitch finishes the plan, need to get several people in there for a day to seriously organize, label, etc. Then we will have formalized check out/in, etc procedures. Laptop display screen replaced.

PERC. Not much left for Greg to do. Dave is finishing some things up.

Second Tier Priorities

Sign Post. Done.

Need to remove OWAR and HAWT from processing stream. These have been decommissioned.

Still Working on TEMA firewall. A new IT person has been hired. Mitch is working with Wilkinson on it, but they are having other more important problems right now.

CVTN and ASAR optical isolation. Need to upgrade to year 3 hardware. Hardware under construction.

MPHB. Mitch needs to determine current orientation so we can pull it and orient correctly.

What's the deal with an NHIN strongmo. Greg visited and after discussing with Mitch, there don't appear to be any appealing options.

BB Test Facility. Needs to settle a little more before completion.

VBMS. Have an agreement for signatures. Need to finish proposal for installation funds.

SEKY. Greg visited and has an installation plan. Mitch needs to verify that selected spot in cave is ok.

Timing. Greg has an easy way to generate a datastream that goes high when lock is lost. Need a worm module to monitor. BB monitoring is more difficult. How do we automate the status stream or even get it back to Memphis for logging? (Save it to file with Scream?). Note, new version of firmware sends status to both flash and stream. Hence, information will be in gcf2ew logs, but how do we monitor that?


North Carlina station refurbish. Keep node at LRNC. Modify to be the same as a New Madrid node and minimize internet bandwidth required.

Greg was ruminating and came up with this todo list. Much of it that relates to other stuff has been incorporated here.

Pulling SMA's as convenient. Hardware to go back to LDEO when finished.

Calibrate S-13's.

Permanent station at HOGG?

UM offers various computer application courses (e.g. Word, Excel, etc). the Spring schedule will be available soon. Check the IS Training Center website for more details.

Couple people tripped on path between house 1 and 0. Options seem to be either put in a real sidewalk or just remove it. Former will be expansive since it will need to be handicap accessible. Now that driveway is in, could possibly just remove the path sometime within the next decade.

Nagios. Reno uses this to monitor SOH for a variety of systems including nodes and seismic stations. Could be very useful.

GPS stations need new batteries. CVTN has problems (what's new).

Van Hill is permitted. Mitch to get "hold harmful" clause to John.

Purchase Request for Ford Pickup replacment is submitted.

Gural EDU seismometers reqceived. Mitch is working on it.

Cannon to visit second week in June.