GADS OS Application Statistics 2011 - 2017

by ronfluegge 28. December 2017 16:48

The GADS Open Source website statistics for the first 7 years:

Installation Downloads - 13,335

Downloaded Files Bandwidth - 151,619.9 MB

Page views - 279,308

     United States - 225,646

     Canada - 2,524

     Argentina - 76

     Brazil - 325

     Mexico - 62

     Ireland - 42

     Australia - 225

     New Zealand - 21

Unique IP visitor addresses - 56,403

Bandwidth - Bandwidth represents the total number of kilobytes that were sent to people visiting our site.

Page Views - A page view is a successful request for a file on our web site that is considered to be a page.

LDAP Injection

by ronfluegge 15. December 2017 16:05

LDAP injection is a type of security exploit that is used to compromise the authentication process used by some websites. Websites that construct Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) statements from data provided by users are vulnerable to this type of attack.

LDAP directories store information, known as objects, for people, servers, printers and roles. If the directory is used for website authentication, the attacker can enter malicious code into a user input field, gain unauthorized access to the directory and view or change usernames and passwords.

LDAP injection works in much the same manner as SQL injection, a type of security exploit in which the attacker adds SQL (Structured Query Language) code to a Web form. Both types of attacks primarily occur due to missing or weak input validation that does not reject malformed input or strip malicious LDAP control characters before including untrusted user input in a query.

According to security experts, the main reason that LDAP injection and similar exploits work is the fact that security is not sufficiently emphasized during the application development process. To protect the integrity of Web sites that use forms, experts recommend implementing a sanitization process to control the types and numbers of characters that can be accepted by input boxes as well as the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) for public-facing web applications.

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Manager - Operations Reporting, Houston, TX - Calpine

by ronfluegge 9. October 2017 13:46

Lead the preparation of reports on plant performance for internal and external audiences, including regulatory entities and investors:

• GADS reporting, for both internal and external audiences

• Fleet reliability reports and root cause analysis

• Other daily and monthly operations performance reports

Support plant characteristics data process to assemble, validate, and present:

• Calpine’s official plant operating characteristics for use in forecasting and business decision analysis throughout the organization.

• Analysis of the commercial implications of deviations or improvements in plant performance characteristics

• Market assumptions regarding competitive plant operating characteristics, technology upgrades, and costs of new construction for use in macro-economic studies

Participate in other analytical efforts within the Commercial Analytics organization, including analysis of the implications of plant operating characteristics on market bidding decisions and protocols. 

Perform analysis of operational and commercial issues, including outage costs and optimization, operational trends, plant dispatch, asset optimization, and investment analysis 

Support the continued development of:

• Calpine’s modeling infrastructure including asset and contract models

• Periodic corporate business plan projections and commercial transaction targets

• Operations data warehousing and reporting infrastructure

Position reports to Director, Portfolio Analysis and will draw on input from Calpine’s Power Operations organization.

Key Activities:

• Operations Analysis

• Model Development

• Budgeting

• Operations Reporting

• Asset Optimization

• Investment Analysis

Candidate should offer a subset of the experience and knowledge below:

• Power plant engineering, particularly in the context of gas-fired facilities

• Experience utilizing NERC GADS and PI systems and data to report plant performance

• Experience specifying and using data structures to assemble, track, and distribute plant operating results.

• Experience modeling assets similar to those in Calpine’s portfolio, including gas-fired combined cycles and cogeneration plants, geothermal assets, tolling and other contracts, storage facilities, etc.

• Familiarity with operational data sources, including GADS, volumetric certifications, and PI

• Knowledge of US gas and electric market fundamentals, including supply and demand, environmental legislation, and regional market structures.

• Familiar with power plant design and performance metrics.

Team player with a “whatever it takes” attitude who is used to diving into an issue, brainstorming solutions, and learning new methods and tools to address.



Attractive qualifications include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, computational science, engineering, finance, economics, or accounting

Preferred Skills:

Intermediate level Excel model-building skills

Intermediate programming skills with one or more of the following: VBA, R, SQL

Experience with manipulating large amounts of data and working with structured databases (SQL, MDB)

Intermediate level presentation and Power Point skills

Demonstrated understanding of asset valuation methods (dispatch models, options, swaps, tolls, and PPAs).

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Calpine is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to use our website or to apply for a position, please send an e-mail with your request to . Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on case-by-case basis.

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