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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News


Measurement Analystor Digital Oilfield Cashier?
Date: 4/27/2017

The orifice meter is often referred to as the cash register of natural gas measurement.  However, it’s the Measurement Analyst who is responsible for operating that cash register, with a high level of responsibility for verifying the accuracy and accountability of natural gas, as measured from wellhead to burner tip.  While there may be a natural tendency to rely on advanced flow measurement technologies, whether hardware or software based, the Measurement Analyst’s work is fundamental to ensure precision and quality throughout the entire process.  A certified Measurement Analyst should have expertise and comprehensive experience with the following, at a minimum:
  • Fundamentals of gas measurement;
  • Measurement policies;
  • Effective use of complex hydrocarbon measurement software;
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems;
  • Orifice meter station design and operation;
  • System balancing;
  • Natural gas sampling and the basics of chromatographic analysis;
  • Identification and editing methods for the 50 most common sources of measurement error;
  • Gas sales verification and dispute resolution;
  • Productivity software suites, such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, etc.; and
  • Excellent oral and written communications.
Natural Gas Measurement Analysts have an extremely important role in preparing volume and energy information for financial, regulatory, and engineering purposes, often within a very short time frame and with a set deadline (i.e., closeout).  While the job duties vary somewhat from company to company, this position is integral to the verification of billions of dollars of natural gas deliveries each month just within the U.S.  The decisions for which Measurement Analysts are accountable can have a tremendous impact on the bottom-line of companies which produce, process, and/or transport natural gas.  Accordingly, the job description, position requirements, experience, training, and performance assessment criteria should be regularly reviewed and updated for your organization’s Measurement Analysts.
 
"The three most dreaded words in the English language are 'negative cash flow'."
~ Sir David Tang, Hong Kong Businessman and Philanthropist



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