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Airphotos, Satellites,? and Drones Led by David G. Koger 7.5 CREDIT HOURS

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PTTC webinars occur during six separate 1.5-hour sessions (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST) beginning on Tuesday, October 1st  then Tuesday, October 8th, Tuesday, October 15th, Tuesday, October 22th, Tuesday, October 29th and conclude on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019.

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If you are registering for this WEBINAR after any of the sessions, you will receive the recorded link of the previous sessions and instructions to join the remaining sessions.


Making effective decisions in the oilfield is becoming more and more difficult these days. With a glut of technology, data, and solutions to choose from, it is difficult to sort through the bull and see the big picture when addressing an issue, evaluating an asset, or prospecting a new opportunity.

This course provides that big picture using various airborne technology and applications designed to help folks accomplish their jobs with more accuracy, efficiency, and improved results. Using actual case studies, each section will begin from a far-reaching perspective and bring into focus specific strategies aimed at helping attendees save money, protect assets, and improve exploration.


  • De-mystifying the image data collected by satellites, aircraft, and drones - the software—sometimes free—to use image data to do things better-cheaper-faster in the office and in the field. The "augmented reality" that image data deliver. 
  • Filling in the exploration "mosaic," those white spaces on the lease maps...keys for finding minerals of all sorts, oil and gas: examples of frontier exploration, basement faults, and meteorite impact craters. Merging geophysical data—very often free—with image data. 
  • In mature basins: lowering finding costs with examples for locating buried structure, folds, nosing, serpentine plugs, incised valley fill, channel sands, reefs, stratigraphic and precious mineral plays. Downloading free data and maps; mosaicking them.  
  • How Remote Sensing Photogeology Works: how to see trapping mechanisms, microseepage; patterns, shapes, and textures associated with producing fields and new discoveries.  
  • How image data will save you time and money with operations and logistics, seismic/geochemical layouts, surface damages and other legal disputes. Making up-to-date maps to boost exploration and in-the-field efficiencies. More about drones doing dangerous, dirty, and monotonous jobs. 


This webinar is presented in six 1.5-hour sessions, one session per week in consecutive weeks.


The topics shown for each session are best estimates based on previous presentations of the course. Notes will be provided prior to the sessions so that participants can preview the material to be covered.

Questions and comments are solicited and often provide insights to local conditions and methods which would not otherwise be presented. In this webinar format, questions will be addressed as they are asked and in the last 15 minutes of each session.


Dave Koger is a Kansas State University alum and has been using remote sensing for 40 years. He has configured and installed computer systems and trained users on five continents for civilian and defense applications. He is a founding member of the Fort Worth Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists and a frequent volunteer and presenter at AAPG events. He has done three remote sensing photogeology projects for the US DOE Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Technical Section (2019-2020).  Current work includes conventional exploration, mapping in-place, natural fractures, finding fresh water, wildfires and expert witness.

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