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


Coriolis Meters for Direct Mass Flow Measurement in O&G
Date: 6/26/2018

The most recent Statements of the Month have covered turbine and positive displacement (PD) meters, and in this issue we’ll wrap up our mini-series on meter types with an introduction to Coriolis meters.  These devices are based on technology that’s often considered new to the energy industry, but, in fact, Coriolis meters have been part of the API measurement standards since 2002.  Chapter 5.6 of the API Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards (MPMS) specifically addresses the use of Coriolis meters, while other chapters also reference their use in custody transfer applications.
 
Unlike turbine and PD meters, the operation of Coriolis meters is not dependent upon rotating mechanical parts to indicate flow.  By measuring the Coriolis effect on the internal vibrating flow tube(s), they directly determine mass flow.  This ability to directly measure mass flow is perhaps the most unique feature of Coriolis meters versus other metering technologies.  In addition, they can simultaneously measure the density of fluid flowing through the vibrating tubes which allows them to determine (or infer) volumetric flow.
 
As with any metering technology, there are both advantages and disadvantages to the use of Coriolis meters.  Among the benefits are:
  • Measurement of mass flow and fluid density at flowing conditions;
  • Infers a volumetric flow;
  • No rotating mechanical parts to wear out;
  • Broad range of fluid compatibility;
  • Wide flow range; and
  • Seamless integration with SCADA and other CPU-based measurement systems. 
Some qualifying considerations for Coriolis meters are:
  • Higher initial costs;
  • Greater power requirements;
  • More complex operation and support; and
  • Pulse delays from flow computations can make meter proving difficult. 
Coriolis meters are deployed in applications throughout the oil & gas industry, having initially gained widespread adoption in processing plants with their ability to accurately handle even the most challenging product streams.  Today they’re often used in NGL mass measurement and many other custody transfer applications because they are capable of measuring mass and determining volumetric flow in addition to flowing density indications.  Overall, the accuracy of Coriolis meters for both mass and density measurements make these a good choice for many applications.  If Coriolis meters seem to fit your operational requirements, be sure to consult with your measurement experts for a thorough assessment.
 
"The heart of science is measurement."
~ Erik Brynjolfsson, American academic



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