IRMS Isodat Advanced Control Training Course

Three (3) Days – October 26-28, 2016 (Inclusive)

University of Ottawa, Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences
Advanced Research Complex, (ARC) Hall
25 Templeton, Room 460
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
Instructor: Gilles St-Jean

The course instructor will be Gilles St-Jean (Labs Manager, Research Scientist, U of Ottawa).
The course is organized by Isomass Scientific Inc. and will be hosted by the G.G. Hatch Isotope
Laboratory ( at the University of Ottawa, Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 

To register please contact at Isomass Scientific.

The course participants will be supplied with the latest version of Isodat; version 3.0. This
version encompasses advanced aspects of Isodat that are available in all versions, including
2.0, 2.5, 2.82 and 3.0. The course will cover many aspects of Isodat, allowing the user to add
their own devices and tie them to Methods and Sequences as well as writing more advanced
Scripting programs (ISL). The users may also want to insert their own data manipulation
algorithms (e.g. 17O correction different from the defaults of SSH & Craig).

Prerequisites for the course

  1. Must have at least two (2) years of experience with your Thermo Isotope Ratio Mass
    Spectrometer (IRMS) system, unless you feel confident enough to dive in.
  2. Must have some experience with either (a) or (b):
    a) Procedural programming: such as BASIC, Pascal, C, C++, C# or FORTRAN.
    b) Object-Oriented Programming (OOP): such as Visual Basic, Visual C++ or C#.
    If you have no programming experience, or need a refresher, we suggest an on-line course or
    check out your local book store for a programming lessons book. We suggest a book such as
    “SAMS Teach Yourself C in 24 Hours” (actually 24 lessons); SAMS Publishing, 2000. I’m sure
    there are more recent ones you can find at any good bookstore. You will require software to
    practice the lessons. It does not need to be the latest versions, an old copy of Microsoft Visual
    C++ 6.0 which accomplish 99% of what is needed and is more than sufficient for the lessons.
  3. A Laptop or a Tablet with Windows 7 or 10 (32 bits) loaded with all Service packs and
    patches installed is required. However, make sure you are comfortable with your computer’s
    screen size to do programming and drawings. If you only have a computer with Windows 7 (64
    bits), you will need to install Windows Virtual PC with XPMode within Windows 7; so far it is
    still available from Microsoft for free.

Make sure you have one free USB port. If not, bring a “powered” USB hub, this is to ensure
your laptop can supply enough power to your mouse, memory sticks and the USB-COM cable
that will be supplied for the exercises. By having your own computer you will be able to take
back all that you have done during the training course for review and archiving. This will also
keep the cost down.

Maximum participants will be between 10 to 12.

Registration Cost and Hotel Accommodation
The registration fee is $2,970.00 CAD plus GST and provincial sales taxes for the three day
All attendees are required to book and pay for their own travel and accommodations.
We have negotiated a special group rate at “Les Suites Hotel Ottawa”, an all-suites hotel on
Besserer Street. Pricing is $159.00 CAD per night, plus applicable taxes. Les Suites is near
the airport and the university. To make your reservation,
you must call the hotel directly at
and give them the Isomass Group Code Reservation Number # ISM1025 in order
to receive the discount.

If you want more hotel options, just go to and using the “Search for
Hotel” map use the following street intersections: King Edward and Templeton to find other
hotels in the area.

To register
Attached please find a copy of our Registration Form, as well as our Payment/Cancellation
policy. To ensure your seat in this course, we require a
completed and signed Registration
Form to be scanned and e-mailed, or faxed to Linda Gallagher as soon as possible.

Training Coordinator at:

Fax: (403) 255-6958

Additional information
Class hours are 09h00 -17h00 each day. Lunches and snacks are provided. Please advise if
you have any food

Ottawa Websites
If you’d like more information about the Ottawa area check out the following
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Isodat Course Outline