ORV - Oroville Dam, Oroville, CA, USA

We operate broadband and borehole stations under the network code BK. The Berkeley Digital Seismic Network (BDSN) is a regional network of very broadband and strong motion seismic stations designed to monitor regional seismic activity as well as provide high quality data. The Berkeley borehole stations have borehole geophones or other seismic sensors and may have other geophysical instrumentation.

BARD is our GPS network for monitoring crustal deformation across the Pacific-North America plate boundary and in the San Francisco Bay Area for earthquake hazard reduction studies and rapid earthquake emergency response assessment

Station Name ORV (ORVB)
In Operation 1992/07/31 18:50:00 - Present
Elevation: 334.7 meters
Instrumentation Broadband


Site is located near the Oroville Dam, and is under the auspices of the CA Department of Water Resources.


Berkeley Digital Seismic Network (BK)
Bay Area Regional Deformation Network Network (BARD)


Eocene basalt

Borehole Conditions

The vault is made of concrete, orientated north/south, and excavated into a hilltop. Approximately 1 meter of backfilled soil covers the top of the vault. The datalogger is located in an adjacent building (90' away) connected by conduits. The seismometers are thermally insulated with 4" of polyurethane foam. The accelerometer is co-located with the datalogger.

GPS Monument Description

Reinforced concrete monument

Seismic Station Pictures

ORV pier with STS-1s

ORV pier with STS-1s

ORV vault

ORV vault

GPS Station Timeseries

Time series processing at the BSL

Last year Clean Clean & detrended Raw Raw & detrended
Lifetime Clean Clean & detrended Raw Raw & detrended
Text file (final results only) Clean Raw

GPS Station Pictures





Table of Seismic Instrumentation

SensorDataloggerSEED ChannelsLocation
BroadbandStreckeisen STS-1 VBB Feedback Horizontal SeismometerQ330HR-GFEBH?,HH?,LH?,VH?00
Streckeisen STS-1 VBB Feedback Vertical SeismometerQ330HR-GFEBH?,HH?,LH?,VH?00
AccelerometerKinemetrics FBA ES-T Accel. GFE (4 g max 5v/g)Q330HR-GFEHN?00
GPSTopcon Net-G3AAshtech Choke-RingSCIGN Short-
SensorDataloggerSEED ChannelsLocation

Waveforms and associated metadata, and GPS data, are available at the Northern California Earthquake Data Center (NCEDC).

Waveform Data

GPS Data

Noise Analysis

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GPS Data Quality


Data completeness is defined both as "Completeness of observations" and "Cycle slips per observation". "Completeness of Obs." is the number of epochs in the final RINEX file normalized to the expected number. This percentage will go down if time is missing from the RINEX file. "Cycle slips per Obs." is the total number of detected cycle slip normalized to the total number of observations in the RINEX file. This number will increase as the receiver loses lock on satellites more frequently.

Previous Year
ORVB completeness last year
ORVB completeness lifetime


The effects of multipath on the data are estimated by parameters for L1 and L2 (MP1 and MP2 respectively); see Estey and Meertens (GPS Solutions, 1999) for derivation. The daily value is the RMS of MP1 and MP2 throughout the day and for all satellites. Higher values indicate a greater prevalence and/or strength of multipathing, i.e. objects on the ground are providing multiple reflection pathways from the satellite to antenna.

Previous Year
ORVB multipath last year
ORVB multipath lifetime