A Software Toolbox for Systematic Evaluation of Seismometer-Digitizer System Responses

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$99,757.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85548
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000350
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
91624
Solicitation Topic Code:
61 b
Small Business Information
Weston Geophysical Corp.
181 Bedford St., Suite 1, Lexington, MA, 02420
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
051802155
Principal Investigator
 Jessie Bonner
 Dr.
 (781) 860-0127
 jes_bonner@yahoo.com
Business Contact
 James Lewkowicz
Title: Mr.
Phone: (781) 860-0127
Email: jiml@westongeophysical.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Unique seismic datasets of extreme importance to the U.S. Air Force¿s mission to monitor underground nuclear testing may need to be discarded if the seismometer specifications, often called the ¿response,¿ are unknown. However, if these unique datasets are discarded, it could diminish mission capability. This project will develop a software toolbox that will recover the seismometer response for recorded seismic data. The toolbox will include (1) a database of known seismometer and digitizer responses, (2) methods for estimating response ¿transfer¿ functions between stations with and without known responses, (3) techniques for using synthetic seismograms for response validation, and (4) advanced methods for timing and polarity quality control. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee The toolbox would provide DOE nuclear-explosion-monitoring scientists with a valuable asset for characterizing datasets that can improve the Air Force¿s ability to detect, locate, and discriminate underground nuclear explosions. Future commercial applications would provide global and regional seismic network operators, including operators that monitor oil and gas fields, a sophisticated capability to continuously monitor the system response of their networks.

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