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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Hydrocarbon Measurement Standards
Date: 3/27/2013


Hydrocarbon Measurement Standards

For purposes of accurately measuring natural gas and other related hydrocarbon fluids in the U.S. via orifice measurement, most contracts reference the American Gas Association (AGA) Report No. 3, Parts 1-4. The standard from which this was derived, Report No. 1, was first issued in 1930 and continues to be updated as more advanced equations and equipment specifications are developed, approved, and introduced to industry. The following is a general description and use for Parts 1-4:
  • Part No. 1 — General Equations and Uncertainty Guidelines: This section is useful for determiningthe expected measurement accuracy if everything is working properly and for estimating the amount of error when there is a problem.
  • Part No. 2 — Specification and Installation Requirements: This section is used in the proper design, installation, and operation of measurement stations.
  • Part No. 3 — Natural Gas Applications: This section contains the actual equations used to calculate the flow of natural gas through the meter.
  • Part No. 4 — Background, Development, Implementation Procedure, and Subroutine Documentationfor Empirical Flange-Tapped Discharge Coefficient Equation: This section covers the history of tests performed to develop the standard and sample computer code to perform the calculationscovered in Part No. 3 including programming guidelines.
While AGA Committee Report No. 3, Parts 1-4, provides the standards for producing accurate and accountable measurement results, these standards do not provide measurement policy or standard operating procedures (SOPs), all of which are necessary components of a functional, cost-effective measurement operation.
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