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LGS Luncheon – January 2018


Title: Airphotos, Satellites, Drones: Helping out Up, Mid, and Downstream

David Koger
Koger Remote Sensing
Fort Worth


Image data—from airplanes, satellites, or drones—are unique, inexpensive, easily used with common computer setups, widely available, and they merge easily with maps and other data.

Photogeology has led exploration for over 80 years, adding information where there otherwise isn’t any, high grading areas and creating the structural framework. Some of today’s satellites are shoe box size. Drones save us time and money too, doing dirty, dangerous, monotonous tasks: how do they work, and what all can they do for us?






Dave Koger is a veteran and frequent contributor to AAPG events. His career in airborne and satellite image analysis began in the private sector, several decades ago. That led to a research position at TCU, and his consulting practice evolved from that. His work has taken him to Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, London, Italy, and Africa.

For a time, Dave chaired the non-profit Geosat Committee, a group of industry satellite data users that performed basic and applied research on various platforms of remotely sensed image data. The Committee also advised NASA on new satellite designs and worked to ensure civilian/industry access to data.

He has served several defense-related entities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Energy, the American Farm Bureau, and several hundred oil and gas explorationists.

His core business is exploration photogeology, but he’s called on for expert witness testimony on such matters as forensics film analysis, wildfires, and surface damages of several kinds.

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