Map view


scmv visualizes the actual information regarding earthquakes, trigger status, ground motion and station quality. This information is visualized in a map showing also the topography of the region including bathymetry, state borders and geologic faults. scmv provides two different tabs with maps showing the ground motion and the network status.

Ground motion status

The ground motion tab (fig. Ground motion tab) shows the actual groundmotion in nm/s at each station color-coded. Furthermore the trigger status (new picks) of the stations are announced by blinking triangles (the same in all other tabs). In case a new pick is associated to an event, the blinking color changes from red to green (default). Events are represented by open circles and the depth is color-coded. By right mouse click on the symbol of a station more detailed information are shown in an information widget (fig. Station information widget).


Ground motion tab

Tab 1-2 = Ground Motion, Network Status tab; Station A = station with ground motion between 0 and 200 nm/s; Station B = triggering (red blinking) station; Station C = station of undefined status; Station D = triggering and associated station (green blinking); EQ = location of the earthquake/event; P = spreading of the P-wave; S = spreading of the S-wave; Legend = ground motion scale.

Network status

The network status tab (fig. Network status tab) visualizes the quality control parameters of all shown stations. The colors of the triangles represent the data the selected parameters of a station, e.g. latency or delay. More detailed information about station quality can be derived by opening an information widget (fig. Station information widget left) with a right mouse click on the symbol.


Network status tab

Station A = station with up to 20 sec data latency/delay; Station B = station with up to 10 min data latency/delay and a warning; Station C = disabled station; EQ = location of a recent or historic earthquake/event; Legend = scale of the delay; Status = connection status.

The visualized QC parameters can be selected in the QC parameters widget of scmv.


QC parameters selection widget

The station information widget opens by right mouse click on a station symbol in one of the scmv maps. The widget gives a more detailed list of parameters. For a station general information (coordinates, network code etc.), quality parameter (latency, gaps etc.), amplitude information and the actual waveform data are provided. For an event information like the location, the number of stations and the azimuthal gap are shown.


Station information widget

The info widget of a station shows station information like network code and location. The quality of the station can be checked here. The lower part shows the last 15 minutes of waveforms including picks (if available).

Event information

In addition to the current event scmv also shows all events it has currently saved in its session as circles. This depends on the configured time span it remembers events. Showing the events can give a convenient overview of the network activity. If available focal mechanisms are displayed with dashed lines connecting to their location. The circles and focal mechanisms are again colored by their depth and sized by magnitude.


Show historic origins

All historic origins currently saved in scmv are shown as circles.

The events shown an the map can be confined by selecting the mode and the status of preferred origins in the event selection widget.


Event selection widget

The event information widget opens by right mouse click on an event symbol. It shows event details. Clicking on the “Show Details” button allows to open the preferred origin of the event in other GUIs such as in scolv.


Event information widget





Setup connection dialog


Toggle ray paths and associated stations


Hide propagation of P and S waves


Toggle legend


Toggle historic origins


Toggle station annotation


Toggle event list (event tab)


Toggle full screen mode

CTRL + f

Seach station


Move focus

Mouse wheel

Zoom in or out

Double click

Center map

Right mouse button

Open info widget

Mid mouse button

Set preliminary origin

Use cases

Get station information

  • Position the mouse above a triangle representing a station.

  • Click the right mouse button for opening the station info widget.

  • Choose one station in case several stations are in the selection range.

Get event information

  • Position the mouse above a circle representing a location of an event.

  • Click the right mouse button for opening the event info widget.

  • Choose one event in case several events are in the selection range.

Set preliminary origin

  • Position the mouse in the map

  • Press the middle mouse button

  • Set date & time and latitude, longitude & depth

  • Press “Create” to open the origin in another GUI, e.g. scolv.


Search station/network

  • Press CTRL + f

  • Type station/network name

  • Double click in a station in the list to center the map at this location

Module Configuration


scmv inherits global options.


Type: string

Start scmv in one of the available display modes:

groundmotion or qualitycontrol

and without tabs and menus as walldisplay.


Default: 300

Type: int

Unit: s

Set the maximum latency in seconds of the ground motion records to be valid.


Default: 43200

Type: double

Unit: s

Set the time span in seconds to keep events.


Default: 0

Type: double

Unit: s

Set the time span in seconds to read events initially from database.


Default: false

Type: boolean

If a new origin/event is set/selected this option defines if the map is centered or not at the origin location.


Default: 900

Type: double

Unit: s

Time span of which an event is active after origin time to show blinking associated stations.


Default: 0

Type: double

Unit: s

A positive value (greater than zero) defines the interval to check for expired events. A negative or zero value disables the interval check and expired events are only removed when a new event is declared or an existing event is updated.


Default: false

Type: boolean

Enable/disable drawing of station annotations at startup.


Default: true

Type: boolean

Enable/disable drawing of station annotations with location/channel codes.


Default: topleft

Type: string

Set the location of the map symbol legend (QC, ground motion). Use either: topleft, topright, bottomright or bottomleft.


Default: bottomleft

Type: string

Set the location of the event symbol legend. Use either: topleft, topright, bottomright or bottomleft.


Default: false

Type: boolean

Whether to show the event table initially or not.


Type: list:string

The columns that are visible in the table. If nothing is specified then all columns are visible. Valid column names are: "Event", "Origin Time", "Magnitude", "Magnitude Type", "Region", "Latitude", "Longitude", "Depth".


Default: "RMHP(50)>>ITAPER(20)>>BW(2,0.04,2)"

Type: string

The filter applied to waveforms for measuring ground motion.


display.* Allow to define an initial rectangular region for the map.


Default: -90

Type: double

Unit: deg

Minimum latitude in degrees.


Default: -180

Type: double

Unit: deg

Minimum longitude in degrees.


Default: 90

Type: double

Unit: deg

Maximum latitude in degrees.


Default: 180

Type: double

Unit: deg

Maximum longitude in degrees.

Command-Line Options

scmv [options]


-h, --help

Show help message.

-V, --version

Show version information.

--config-file arg

Use alternative configuration file. When this option is used the loading of all stages is disabled. Only the given configuration file is parsed and used. To use another name for the configuration create a symbolic link of the application or copy it. Example: scautopick -> scautopick2.

--plugins arg

Load given plugins.

--auto-shutdown arg

Enable/disable self-shutdown because a master module shutdown. This only works when messaging is enabled and the master module sends a shutdown message (enabled with --start-stop-msg for the master module).

--shutdown-master-module arg

Set the name of the master-module used for auto-shutdown. This is the application name of the module actually started. If symlinks are used, then it is the name of the symlinked application.

--shutdown-master-username arg

Set the name of the master-username of the messaging used for auto-shutdown. If "shutdown-master-module" is given as well, this parameter is ignored.


--verbosity arg

Verbosity level [0..4]. 0:quiet, 1:error, 2:warning, 3:info, 4:debug.

-v, --v

Increase verbosity level (may be repeated, eg. -vv).

-q, --quiet

Quiet mode: no logging output.

--component arg

Limit the logging to a certain component. This option can be given more than once.

-s, --syslog

Use syslog logging backend. The output usually goes to /var/lib/messages.

-l, --lockfile arg

Path to lock file.

--console arg

Send log output to stdout.


Execute in debug mode. Equivalent to --verbosity=4 --console=1 .

--log-file arg

Use alternative log file.

--print-component arg

For each log entry print the component right after the log level. By default the component output is enabled for file output but disabled for console output.


Execute in trace mode. Equivalent to --verbosity=4 --console=1 --print-component=1 --print-context=1 .


-u, --user arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.username.

-H, --host arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.server.

-t, --timeout arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.timeout.

-g, --primary-group arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.primaryGroup.

-S, --subscribe-group arg

A group to subscribe to. This option can be given more than once.

--content-type arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.contentType.

--start-stop-msg arg

Set sending of a start and a stop message.



List all supported database drivers.

-d, --database arg

The database connection string, format: service://user:pwd@host/database. "service" is the name of the database driver which can be queried with "--db-driver-list".

--config-module arg

The config module to use.

--inventory-db arg

Load the inventory from the given database or file, format: [service://]location .


Do not use the database at all



List all supported record stream drivers.

-I, --record-url arg

The recordstream source URL, format: [service://]location[#type]. "service" is the name of the recordstream driver which can be queried with "--record-driver-list". If "service" is not given, "file://" is used.

--record-file arg

Specify a file as record source.

--record-type arg

Specify a type for the records being read.


--city-xml arg

The path to the cities XML file. This overrides the default paths. Compare with the global parameter "citiesXML".

User interface

-F, --full-screen

Start the application filling the entire screen. This only works with GUI applications.

-N, --non-interactive

Use non-interactive presentation mode. This only works with GUI applications.


--displaymode arg

Start scmv as walldisplay. Modes: groundmotion, qualitycontrol


Show the map legend if started as walldisplay.