BirdDog Version 4.0

BirdDog™ Information Systems is pleased to announce the release of Version 4.0 of Remote Data Retrieval. This newest system, to which you automatically have access when you log into our host site, provides enhanced features that are certain to make you even more productive... such as a more streamlined and intuitive user interface, the ability for end-users to perform ad hoc changes to alarm settings, and layered administration. With layered administration, end-user organizations can assign BirdDog client administrators who, in turn, will be able to add/delete other enterprise users, set each user's rights (from read-only through full editing, including use of Demand Polling), reset user passwords, add/delete Morning Report recipients, and much more.

In addition to the BirdDog Remote Data Retrieval system functional enhancements, we've also deployed new security provisions to further complement our previously implemented use of an HTTPS website to provide full SSL encryption of your sensitive and proprietary information. These enhancements include the use of unique email addresses as User IDs, as well as stronger Password requirements with history restrictions and forced routine changes. As before, with just a single account User ID and Password, your log-in will provide direct access to all BirdDog SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) systems to which you have end-user rights. And as you add or remove systems from your user profile, the single sign-on process will automatically recognize those changes.

BirdDog Security Policy Change Alert

Security Policy Change Alert - For the enhanced security of BirdDog™ Information Systems users, effective November 11, 2013, User IDs will be unique email addresses and account password requirements will be strengthened. New passwords will need to be at least 8 characters in length and contain at least one each of the following characters: uppercase alphabetical; lowercase alphabetical; numeric; and “special” (such as @, &, _, #, etc.). At the appropriate time, you will be prompted during your BirdDog log-in to click on a webpage link that will provide more details and guide you through your password change process.

BirdDog System Support

  • Log-in and system support, including password resets, are available to customers on a 24x7 basis by calling, toll-free, 800-231-9741. During business hours (8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday), your call will be directed to the appropriate technical support or customer service team member.

  • During non-business hours, callers will be presented with a main menu which includes an option to reach system support and, if appropriate, to mark your message as “urgent” for an expedited response. Non-urgent support calls will be returned the next business day.

  • System support requests or questions may also be submitted via e-mail to

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What Does "C6 Plus" Mean in Natural Gas Analysis?
Date: 4/27/2016

The standard lab analytical report used in the U.S. natural gas measurement industry is commonly referred to as a "C6 plus" (C6+) analysis performed by gas chromatography. This breakdown contains a lot of useful information, including a determination of the primary components of the gas stream expressed as a percentage of the total composition (mole percent); the theoretical yield of liquid hydrocarbons, in gallons per thousand cubic feet (GPMs); heating capacity in British Thermal Units (BTUs); and relative density. Even more detailed information is available through an "extended analysis," but the values derived from a C6+ analysis are principally used in determining both volume and energy.
The term "C6+ analysis" indicates that the gas components are split and individually measured by the gas chromatograph for low molecular weight components, from methane (C1) through pentane (C5), and that higher molecular weight hydrocarbons are lumped into the C6+ component category based on generally accepted assumptions regarding the C6+ chromatographic peaks. For example, the standard split for the Gulf Coast region assumes approximately 48% normal hexane (n-C6), 35% normal heptane (n-C7) and 17% normal octane (n-C8) for the purpose of determining flow rate and heating value. Extended analyses, such as a C9+ analysis, may be performed to produce a more comprehensive identification of hydrocarbon compounds, but because this effort typically produces only a nominal change in the volume and energy determinations, it is usually not required.
For a more detailed description of the C6+ analysis of natural gas and a sample laboratory analysis report, click here.
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