Outercurve Foundation announced acceptance of GADS/OS project into DLSI Gallery

by ronfluegge 20. September 2011 16:02

The Outercurve Foundation today announced the acceptance of the GADS open source (GADS/OS) project into the Data, Language and System Interoperability (DLSI) Gallery. (Gallery Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation) 

The GADS/OS project is the fifth project contributed to the gallery. The project was contributed by the GADS Open Source Project, an independent community of power generating plant engineers and software developers. The community’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting plant operating and performance data as required by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC.)

“With its broad user base, GADS/OS is a significant, proven project used by generating companies to analyze and manage data to comply with mandatory GADS reporting to NERC and the various ISOs,” said Paula Hunter, Executive Director, Outercurve Foundation. “We are fortunate to add the GADS/OS project to the Data, Language and Systems Interoperability Gallery. The GADS/OS project gives electric generating companies the open source tools needed to improve and report on operational performance.”

The Outercurve Foundation has three galleries and 15 projects. Galleries include the ASP.NET Open Source Gallery, the Research Accelerators Gallery and the Data, Language and System Interoperability Gallery.

For more information on the GADS/OS project or the Data, Language and System Interoperability Gallery or the Outercurve Foundation please visit http://www.Outercurve.org .

About The Outercurve Foundation

The Outercurve Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation providing software IP management and project development governance to enable and encourage organizations to develop software collaboratively in open source communities for faster results. The Outercurve Foundation is the only open source foundation that is platform, technology, and license agnostic. For more information about the Outercurve Foundation contact info@Outercurve.org.

About The GADS Open Source Project

GADS Open Source Project’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting NERC GADS data. The project community comprised of a core group of highly experienced plant engineers and software developers with years of experience in reporting GADS for generating companies and in building similar commercial GADS software tools, supports a completely open development process in which anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.



Power plant operating data included in open source software

by ronfluegge 20. September 2011 09:58

The Outercurve Foundation accepted the generating availability data system open source (GADS/OS) project into the Data, Language and System Inoperability Gallery.

GADS/OS allows electric generating companies to collect and report validated performance data and event data, including outage, de-rating, non-curtailing and reserve shutdown events, in standard formats as required by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and all major independent system operators.

HBS Solomon Associates developed the project and sold it as GADS NxL from 2004 through March 2011. Solomon published the source code inApril 2011. The code is being used to collect and analyze data from such companies as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Calpine (NYSE: CPN), Westar Energy (NYSE: WR) and Luminant. The New York ISO and the ISO New England also use the code base.

Generator owners in North America will be required to report performance data through NERC’s GADS beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

The GADS Open Source Project, an independent community of power generating plant engineers and software developers, contributed the project.

Source:  http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2011/09/power-plant-operating-data-included-in-open-soft-software.html

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GADS Open Source Version Posted

by ronfluegge 11. September 2011 17:54

We have just posted to the websites GADS Open Source Version

This is GADS Open Source Version of the Windows UI that has been updated to address changes received from NERC and PJM as recently as September 7th and the issues as listed below:

Data Entry Admin Console 11.9.9
1. Can now create a default location to write out the NERC and ISO ASCII files

Data Entry 11.9.9
1. Some event records were being deleted (Rev X) at random
2. Confirmation of event record deletion on Submit
3. Confirmation when deleting (Rev X) any event
4. Create audit record when events are deleted
5. Cannot enter events before commercial date
6. Changes to Custom Performance data changes color on Submit button
7. SaveCheckRS on Bulk Load tab: fixed culture formatting on date/time
8. Allows Custom Event data to have null values in database
9. Added Browse button to select a folder other than the default when writing ASCII files
Changes required by NERC and PJM
10. Changed D1 validations per NERC – Amp Codes no longer required
11. All U1s must have an Amp Code (PJM only)
12. All transition U1s - any Amp Code or none per NERC
13. No NC event records in GADS ASCII file per NERC

Dashboard 11.9.9
1. Changed individual event record deletion functionality to mark records for deletion
2. Added Delete All Events tab

Analysis 11.9.9
1. Modified Chronological Event Listing to show contribution code 3 event records if selected
2. Added list of selected units to footer for custom unit selections when selecting the “Summary Only” option   
3. Modified code to allow for sorting for Event Details with Cause Code Extensions report
4. Individual Events | Customized Event Records report allows sorting

Unless these items apply to your situation, there is no requirement to install this update. 

If you do install any of the above 4 updates, we recommend a full update of ALL GADS/OS apps.

If you plan on using Microsoft Access for your storing your GADS data, you cannot use Windows XP; however, you can use Windows Vista or Windows 7.  When datasets from Microsoft Access are loaded into SAP Crystal Reports, Crystal Reports generates the unhandled exception that we cannot trap or fix.  This only occurs when running Analysis & Reporting on Windows XP in combination with Access databases.  If you are not able to switch to Windows 7, we recommended using SQL Server 2005 Express or SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (with tools) instead of Microsoft Access (SQL Server Express is free from Microsoft).  We can assist in installing SQL Server Express on your machines if you would like to implement this solution.  Or you can change your machines to Windows 7.

The full installation and source code can be found at


Except for bug fixes, the next major release is currently scheduled for November 2011 to follow the NERC updates in October 2011.


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