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Most people will want to use a current production release. Best of all, GADS Open Source™ can be downloaded and used entirely free of any license or maintenance fees.

Current Production Release

GADS Open Source™ is the current base production release.
GADS Open Source™ Analysis & Reporting is the current base production release.

Beginning with versions 19.x.x.x, the GADS OS software will require .NET Framework 4.6.1 or higher. The release of .NET Framework 4.6.1 was announced on 30 November 2015. This version requires Windows 7 SP1 or later.

GADS/OS software allows you to collect, analyze and report GADS data for conventional generating (fossil, nuclear, hydro/pumped storage, combined cycle, etc.) and wind turbine generating units.

1. The GADS/OS Conventional Generation software handles these ten types of conventional generating units:

  • Fossil steam including fluidized bed design
  • Nuclear
  • Gas turbines/jet engines (simple cycle and other modes)
  • Internal combustion engines (diesel engines)
  • Hydro units/pumped storage
  • Combined cycle blocks and their related components (gas turbines and steam turbines)
  • Cogeneration blocks and their related components (gas turbines and steam turbines)
  • Multi‐boiler/multi‐turbine units
  • Geothermal units
  • Other miscellaneous conventional generating units (such as variable fuel – biomass, landfill gases, etc) used to generate electric power for the grid and similar in design and operation as the units shown above and as defined by the GADS Data Reporting Instructions

2. The GADS/OS Wind™ software is now available for download and allows you to collect and report validated data as specified in the NERC GADS Wind Turbine Generation ‐ Data Reporting Instructions Version 1.2 (Revision: 09/30/2016 - Effective: 01/01/2017).

The new version of GADS/OS Wind™ brings the industry-leading performance and security of GADS reporting to all Generator Operators. Feedback on adding a list of standard reports is underway to provide a better understanding of the wind turbine performance. Currently, calculated hours, factors and rates are exported to Excel only while allowing custom reports.

To download or update to the current version, scroll to bottom of this page.

Installation instructions are found on the Installation page linked to from the Documentation for the particular release.

New NERC GADS cause codes for 2019 - Conventional Generation
Currently no software updates are "required" for 2019, but installation of the latest software version is recommended.
New cause codes list:   New GADS Cause Codes 2019
You can download the new cause codes and update your database using one of the 3 methods below:
1. Online Installer to install "8. Use the Cause Code Updater to update the Cause Codes and Amp Codes tables"
2. Individual modules to download "8. Cause Code Updater".
3. Download the CauseCodesen-US.mdb file and copy it to: C:\GADSOSCCUpdater
After completing one of the three steps above, run the "GADS OS Cause Code Updater".
IMPORTANT: In Window 7 and above, using Windows Explorer browse to the location the downloaded file was saved to, right-click on the file, bring up its properties, and "Unblock" the file ... then press "Apply".

Except for bug fixes, the next major release is currently scheduled to follow the NERC updates in December 2019.

 Conventional Generation full install (Recommended)
released on January 1, 2018
Click Online Installer to install Full GADS OS Conventional Generation
Click Individual modules to download individual GADS OS Conventional Generation modules.
 Wind Turbine Generation 18.01.01.x full install (Recommended)
released on January 1, 2018
GADS/OS Wind User Guide 
Click Online Installer to install Full GADS OS Wind Turbine Generation
Click Individual modules to download individual GADS OS Wind Turbine Generation modules.

The GADS Open Source versions require the installation of .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.