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 BirdDogSystemSupport@birddog.coastalflow.com

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Changes to BLM Onshore Orders
Date: 11/17/2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 under the U.S. Department of the Interior, today manages approximately 700 million acres of onshore subsurface resources, including oil and gas, coal, tar sands, and oil shale.  BLM regulations known as the Onshore Oil and Gas Orders provide the operational requirements for the development, exploration, and production of oil and gas on Federal and Indian onshore leases.  The Onshore Orders are comprised of seven individual documents, each pertaining to specific aspects of oil and gas operations.

Onshore Oil and Gas Orders No. 3, 4, and 5 have recently been revised and are now referred to as "rules" by the BLM, with rules No. 4 (CFR 3174) and No. 5 (CFR 3175) directly related to oil and natural gas measurement.  These rules have been submitted to the Federal Register and will become effective 60 days after publication.  The following are some of the changes that directly relate to natural gas measurement:
  • Flow computers rather than chart recorders must be installed if the volume to be measured exceeds 200 Mcf/day.
  • Gauge lines must be made of stainless steel, have a minimum nominal diameter of 0.375" and have an overall length of 6 feet or less.  Drip pots cannot be installed in the gauge lines, and more than one secondary device per single pair of pressure taps is not allowed. 
  • All transducers must be approved by the BLM, but devices used for volumes < 200 Mcf/day are essentially considered pre-approved.  Existing transducer test data for various makes, models, and ranges used to measure > 200 Mcf/day can be submitted for the BLM’s approval if the equipment was installed before the effective date.  Devices installed after that date will have to undergo a more rigorous testing protocol before being approved.
  • If the volumes to be measured are > 1,000 Mcf/day, the meter tube must meet the minimum AGA Report No. 3 - Part 2, Fourth edition requirements.  For volumes < 1,000 Mcf/day, existing measurement equipment installed before the effective date will be grandfathered under the new rules.
  • Third-party software used for measurement accounting and reporting will be allowed if approved by the BLM.
If you are involved in oil and gas production which is regulated by the BLM, we strongly recommend reviewing 43 CFR 3175 (which replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5) for more details and to determine how your business may be impacted.  The recently revised "rules" are available on the BLM’s website; click here to view.
 
 "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
~ Sir Winston Churchill, British Statesman and former Prime Minister of the U.K.

 
Errata:
• To view the Federal Register publication, click here.
• The final rule does not require stainless steel gauge lines.
• API MPMS Ch. 14.3.2, Fifth Edition sets meter tube requirements.



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