Illustrated History of the Seismometer Project,
2007 to my retirement in 2009 :
the jAmaseis Project
The potential for further developing the seismic software resulted in a meeting at Moravian College between David Skoupil, Ben Coleman, and me during the fall semester of 2007. Ben Coleman, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Moravian College, taught a cap-stone course for the senior computer science seniors during the spring semester. Ben had the idea that portions of the software project would make an excellent senior project for the five computer science majors who would be taking the course during the spring semester of 2008. One of those students, Martin Janicek, was attending Moravian College as a Merrill Scholar from Palacky University in the Czech Republic. Martin worked with with me on an independent study project to convert the AmaSeis code to Java during the spring semester. The new code, called jAmaseis, was successful. The group of senior Moravian College students created a software interface that allows the AS-1 seismometer to send its signal over the Internet and be displayed via Amaseis (or jAmaseis) in a server/client configuration, and without any special arrangements for net security. This too was successful. I presented a poster of my work with Martin (jAmaseis: A Cross-Platform Version of AmaSeis) and Ben and I presented a poster (A Software System for Real-Time Sharing of Seismic Data) at the IRIS Workshop at Skamany Lodge in Washington State during the summer of 2008. Both Ben and I had laptops that were operated as clients, displaying the active traces from our seismometers in PA in near-real time. Ben provided IRIS with an image of a portion of the "Real-Time Sharing" poster that is now pubically available from the IRIS photo gallery. Subsequent to this meeting, Ben continued the jAmaseis programming project with other groups of computer science students at Moravian College. In the spring of 2011, IRIS announced that the jAmaseis software will soon be available and will replace the educational seismometer software (AmaSeis) that is currently being used in its "Seismographs in Schools" program.