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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Upstream Crude Oil Measurement
Date: 6/30/2013

Upstream Crude Oil Measurement

In the early 1960s, the Beverly Hillbillies TV theme song contained a line that introduced many to the term “crude oil” with the lyrics “Then one day he was shootin’ at some food, and up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude — oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.”  But what is crude oil and how is it measured?

Crude oil is naturally occurring liquid petroleum as it comes out of the ground and typically contains primarily complex hydrocarbons and some additional organic material, along with water and other impurities.  Crude oil contains a variety of hydrocarbon types which, in turn, produce a diversity of products when refined.  Several common products include gasoline, kerosene, diesel, lubricating oil, asphalt, tar, and paraffin wax…just to name a few.

According to most regulatory and contractual requirements, produced crude oil is measured as it leaves the lease site following the basic removal of water and sediment.  There are two common methods of measurement: tank levels and flow meters.  Using tank level measurement, oil from the well normally flows into a storage tank where tank level monitoring (such as a tape lowered into the tank or a tank level gauge) is used for an initial measurement.  When the oil is to be transferred, the inflow is closed and a valve is opened which allows the crude oil to flow into a pipeline or truck.  Before the tank is nearly empty, the transfer valve is closed and a second reading is taken.  The difference between the two readings can be used to calculate the volume that was transferred in gallons or barrels. 

Often, crude oil will be metered before it enters a production tank where multiple wells feed the same storage facility.  A variety of factors should be considered when selecting the metering technology to be used.  As a result, it’s highly recommended that you consult with a hydrocarbon measurement engineer or specialist when designing, deploying, and operating metering systems.

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