Independent Consultants

by ronfluegge 10. August 2012 00:01

The consultants listed on the Consultants page are independent third parties that have worked with Project users, but their services are not affiliated with the Project.
The Independent Consultants are staffed with professionals who provide a wide variety of services and solutions. Whether you're looking for customized assistance with GADS training and reporting, or Reliability and Cost Performance, you can easily locate a consultant to help with your technology needs.

What we are working on for the next updates

by ronfluegge 2. August 2012 23:54

What we are working on for the next updates:

1. A new report that shows the Operating Hours between Outages.  It will include startup date/time (breaker closed), stop date/time (breaker opened) and hours online for each continuous run on a unit basis.

2. Expanded data collection and reporting for jointly owned units. 

3. WPF / XBAP releases that will allow both Windows/desktop and browser-based versions to be installed (see following details)

4. Adding capability to create the Generation Equipment Status upload file for the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Equipment Reliability Information System (ERIS) database

The current GADS OS version is built on Microsoft Framework 3.5 SP1 which was released on November 18, 2008 and whose support will end on January 13, 2015.

We will make available two versions from the same source code base:  a WPF GADS OS standalone version and a WPF GADS OS XBAP version.  These are also being released as a set of free and open source software tools and licensed under the same GNU General Public License Version 2.

The WPF GADS OS standalone version is a Windows application and will replace the current Windows version on January 1, 2014.  This will allow for a 1 year "grace period" before there will no longer be Microsoft support for the current version.

WPF XAML browser applications (XBAPs) combine features of both Web applications and Windows rich-client applications. Like Web applications, XBAPs can be deployed to a Web server and started from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox.  This supersedes the old GADS NxL web-based version.

We will still support Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases.



GADS Open Source Version Update

by ronfluegge 1. August 2012 14:15

We have just posted to the websites GADS Open Source Version  This is a mid-year update release.

Because this release includes minor updates, we recommend that you install this update if you are affected by any of the identified issues below.  There are no database changes required by this update.

Code Changes

Data Entry Admin Console

1. A new Global Settings tab has been added that allows the Event Verbal Description to be a “user-required” field.  If you choose this option and your GADS reporters do not enter a verbal description in DE, it will be flagged as an “error” by the software.  This does not affect your options when writing the 05/07 files to NERC or the ISOs.

Data Entry

1. If the Event Verbal Description is flagged to be a “required” field and your GADS reporters do not enter a verbal description, it will be flagged as an error by the software.  This does not affect your options when writing the 05/07 files to NERC or the ISOs.
2. Fixed validation bug for MB, IR, RU, CO and PU event type cause codes on the event edit form.


1. NYISO MARS updates resulting from NYISO and Project testing.
2. Fixed a minor issue with deratings with 0.00 equivalent hours being inserted into the EventDetails table and showing up in reports.  

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

The full installation and source code can be found at 

and at

Except for bug fixes, the next major release is currently scheduled for November 2012.

Welcome to the GADS Open Source blog!

This will be an easy place to keep up on updates and news related to GADS and the GADS Open Source software.

Check out the FAQ section below as well.