We’re Building a Better GADS Experience
And we’re dedicated to keeping it free, open and accessible to all.
GADS - Generating Availability Data System - is recognized as a valuable source of reliability information for total unit and major equipment groups and is widely used by industry analysts in a variety of applications. Through GADS, NERC
and various ISOs collect information about the performance of electric generating equipment and provide assistance to those researching information on power plant outages. GADS also supports equipment availability analyses and other decision-making processes in the industry. GADS data is also used in conducting assessments of generation resources and improving their performance. GADS is a mandatory industry program for conventional and wind generating units.
GADS Open Source Project’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity
for collecting, analyzing, and reporting NERC GADS data. A completely open development
process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the
What we do
We do this by creating great software, like GADS/OS Data Entry, GADS/OS Analysis
& Reporting, and GADS/OS Wind™, that give generating companies tools to take control of their mandatory
GADS reporting to NERC and the various ISOs. GADS/OS is a set of free and open source
software tools and is licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2 (GNU
GPL or simply GPL) which is the most widely used free software license.
What we strive for
As a core 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, we define success in terms of building communities
and enriching people’s work instead of benefiting shareholders. We believe in the
power and potential of the Internet in developing industry software and want to
see it thrive for everyone, everywhere.
Who we work with
Building a better GADS software is an ambitious goal, but we believe that it is
possible when people who share our passion get involved. Coders, users, writers,
testers, GADS reporters, ISOs, NERC staff — anyone who cares about GADS can help
make it even better.
GADS/OS is a diverse community of people from around the world. You don’t have to
be a C# guru (or even know what that means!) to get involved. You just have
to want to improve your GADS reporting tools.
The GADS Open Source Project invites all others who support the principles of open
source GADS software tools to join with us, and to find new ways to make this vision
an even better reality. Developers are the heart of a software project. Developers
work on their own, or on occasion with another developer. Code and design in a comfortable
setting in a work-from-home environment, set up for how you work best. Headphones on, shoes off is fine by us.
Everything really interesting that happens in software projects eventually comes
down to the people.
"It’s a fact of life. Deal with it. I’ve never been on a project where methods, metrics,
processes, or equipment actually dictated the course of the effort. It sometimes
appears that way, I know, until you look behind the processes and discover that
some breathing human like you and me, in some office or cubicle, is behind it all."
What Software Reality Is Really About by James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.