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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Orifice Meters for Natural Gas Measurement
Date: 2/28/2013

The device most commonly used for measurement of natural gas in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry is the orifice meter. With a broad variety of measurement equipment from which to choose, the orifice meter is most often preferred in this segment of our industry for many reasons, including:

  • With no moving parts, the orifice meter is durable as well as relatively easy to maintain and operate, even in a harsh upstream environment where physical contaminants such as paraffin, sand, dirt, and liquids are often present.
  • The rangeability or turndown ratio (i.e., the ratio of maximum accurately measured flow rate to minimum accurately measured flow rate under given conditions) is greater than that for most other devices since, by periodically changing the orifice plate/diameter as conditions vary, the effective turndown ratio may be as high as 180:1.
  • Orifice measurement standards are well established by the AGA, API, and GPA and, for the most part, readily accepted by both sellers and purchasers throughout the industry.
  • Orifice measurement can produce accurate, accountable volume and energy results which are vital due to their bottom-line impact on sales gas allocations, royalty payments, cash flow, productivity, performance, reservoir engineering, as well as regulatory and contractual compliance.
Other types of meters, such as turbine, Coriolis, ultrasonic, and positive displacement (e.g., gear, rotary vane, and diaphragm) are used to accurately measure a wide range of hydrocarbon fluids in the petroleum industry. Like the orifice meter in the upstream sector, unique conditions usually exist to make each the preferred choice for a specific application. Regardless of the meter type selected, proper engineering, installation, and maintenance are necessary for optimal measurement accuracy. Accordingly, it's highly recommended that you consult with an experienced hydrocarbon measurement specialist before selecting and installing your flow meter.
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