Pandemic Cause Code Effective April 29, 2020

by ronfluegge 29. April 2020 15:48

Effective April 29, 2020, NERC has added cause code 9015 – Pandemic for reporting events that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is an OMC cause code listed within the External: Catastrophes table and applies to all unit types.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is classified as an OMC catastrophe, it falls under the definition of “unexpected problems or conditions”. It is not part of the scope of an outage and cannot be used as the reason for an extension. Therefore, you must add a forced event to account for pandemic effects instead of an extension of the original event.

For more details from the NERC GADS website by clicking on this link:  Addendum 1 - Pandemic Cause Codes

To download your GADS OS updated cause code database, click on this link: Cause Code Updater

Using method “3. Download” on the page, you can now download the CauseCodesen-US.mdb file (it’s in CauseCodesen-US.zip).

This will simply require that you download the mdb file into the GADSOSCCUpdater folder and then run the Cause Code Updater application … no software installation required.

IMPORTANT: In Window 7 and above, using Windows Explorer browse to the location the downloaded ZIP file was saved to, right-click on the file, bring up its properties, and "Unblock" the file ... then press "Apply".  Then you can unzip the mdb file.

What should you look for when transitioning GADS software solutions?

by ronfluegge 1. August 2019 08:00

When transitioning to a new GADS software solution, you should also look for software that is easy to transition to, with fast data migration and customer service options for those making a transition.

The company you choose should be well-supported and well-experienced having done the data migration before.

Moreover, it should have the capability to perform the important tasks that your prior solution did to avoid potential confusion and integration issues. 

Contact us today to find out more about GADS Open Source.

Why is it important to transition early from a discontinued GADS software system?

by ronfluegge 1. July 2019 08:00

All transitions take time. Not only do you need to move your GADS data over to another system and ensure that the new system is correct, but you also need to train your staff members in using the new system. If you wait too long to transition to your new system, you may find yourself running into issues later.

Further, if you wait until your software system is already discontinued, you won’t be able to get any help from your software company following the transition. This will make what could be a simple task an arduous process.

Transitioning early gives you times to iron out any potential problems and get your staff members acclimated to the new software’s use.

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