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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Turbine Meters as a Primary Element for Liquid Measurement
Date: 3/28/2018

Choosing the right primary device can be a challenging decision in the design of a hydrocarbon liquid measurement station.  There are many factors to consider, including fluid phase, composition, viscosity, flow rate, pressure, temperature, flow profile, measurement objectives, and budget.  While there are many primary devices from which to choose, a turbine meter can cost-effectively provide reliable measurement results when appropriately deployed.
In simplest terms, a turbine meter relies on rotating blades to produce a pulse output which is proportional to the flow.  As the fluid flow increases, the spin rate of the turbine also increases, with a standard pulse output for each rotation.  Among the benefits of turbine meters for hydrocarbon liquid measurement are the following:
  • Turbine meters are capable of accurately measuring a wide range of hydrocarbon liquids;
  • Both heavy and light liquid streams can be precisely measured with varying blade and rotor designs;
  • The turndown ratio (i.e., the maximum to minimum flow rate ratio) is typically 10:1 with turbine meters; therefore, this device is often the preferred choice for measurement applications where flow rates are expected to routinely vary;
  • Turbine meters can achieve 0.25% linearity across normal turndown ratios; and
  • The repeatability of turbine meters allows for consistent proving runs which satisfy industry standards (e.g., API MPMS Chapter 4 "Proving Systems"). 
Based on turbine meters’ reliability, repeatability, and affordability, they are often selected for liquid measurement custody-transfer applications and are well-suited for variable flow rates.  Whenever considering turbine meters as the primary element for your hydrocarbon liquid application, be sure to consult with your measurement experts, whether in-house or third party.
"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us."
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