Monday, 6 November 2017

GEstimator 1.3 released

GEstimator is a simple civil estimation software written in Python and GTK+. GEstimator can prepare estimates along with rate analysis and supports multiple databases. Version 1.3 is a bug fix release.

Installation

 

Source files can be downloaded from the website GitHub
Binary files can be downloaded from the website GEstimator

 

License


GEstimator is released under the terms of GNU GPLv3. You are free to redistribute the binaries and source code, modify the source code provided you provide these rights to others.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

GEstimator 1.2 released (Initial Public Release)

GEstimator is a simple civil estimation software written in Python and GTK+. GEstimator can prepare estimates along with rate analysis and supports multiple databases. Version 1.2 is the first public release.

 

Features

  1. Preparation of Schedule of quantities.
  2. Preparation of Rate Analysis.
  3. Schedule Database support allowing items to be searched and added from the database.
  4. Easy addition of user databases.
  5. Export of project to spreadsheet including schedule of rates, rate analysis and resource utilization sheet.
  6. Import of schedule of rates, resource list and rate analysis from spreadsheet.
  7. Updation of rates from user database.
  8. Initial release comes with DSR E&M 2017 along with analysis of rates for all items.

 

Installation

 

Source files can be downloaded from the website GitHub
Binary files can be downloaded from the website GEstimator

 

License


GEstimator is released under the terms of GNU GPLv3. You are free to redistribute the binaries and source code, modify the source code provided you provide these rights to others.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

CMB Automiser 3.1.3 released

CMB Automiser 3.1.3 has been released with some major bug fixes.

Changelist 

 

Bug Fixes: 

  1. Fixed strange behavior in measurements module.
  2. Fixed bugs in bill rendering.
  3. Fixed rounding behavior to match currency rounding standards.

Binary Packages

Fedora 24:  CMBAutomiser3-3.1.3-1.noarch.rpm
Windows:  cmbautomiser-win32-3-1-3.exe

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

CMB Automiser 3.1 released

CMB Automiser 3.1 has been released with some new features and bug fixes.

Changelist 

 

New features

  1. Added support for multiline heading items
  2. Added support for exporting abstract and bill to xlsx
  3. Added progressbar for progress display

Bug Fixes: 

  1. Typo in CMB preamble
  2. Measurement abstarct not added when selection exists
  3. Wrong behaviour tracking unsaved changes

Binary Packages

Fedora 21:  CMBAutomiser3-3.1.0-1.noarch.rpm 
Windows:  cmbautomiser-win32-3-1-0.exe

Sunday, 29 May 2016

CMB Automiser 3.0 released

CMB Automiser 3.0 has been released with numerous features and bug fixes. This version is a complete rewrite to support python 3 and brings along fully documented and re-factored code. The 2.x series is hereby discontinued and all future development will focus on the 3.x series.

NOTE: Version 3.0.x project files cannot be opened on version 2.x.x and vice versa.

Changelist 

 

New features

  1. CMBs can now be exported as .xlsx file.
  2. Schedule and measurement lists can now be traversed using interactive search.
  3. New dialog for schedule item selection with better usability and interactive search support.
  4. New import dialog for spreadsheet allowing import of data from any portion of spreadsheet.
  5. Exit confirmation for main window and measurement items to prevent accidental data loss.
  6. Changes to documentation to reflect new features.

Bug Fixes: 

  1. Codebase ported to python3 for future proofing.
  2. Modifying schedule after billing breaks bill.
  3. Modifying Measurements after billing breaks bill.
  4. Check feasibility before trying to add measurement items. 
  5. Unicode errors galore. 
  6. Code re-factored for readability and efficiency. 
  7. Docstrings added.

Binary Packages

Fedora 21:  CMBAutomiser3-3.0.0-1.noarch.rpm 
Windows:  cmbautomiser-win32-3-0-0.exe

Saturday, 23 April 2016

CMB Automiser Version 2.2 Released

CMB Automiser Version 2.2 has been released with bugfixes and new features.

This will be the last major release in the 2.x series and the last to support python 2.7. Issues with unicode and hackish project format has made it imperative to port project to python 3.x for future proofing. Development will now focus on the 3.x series.

Changes from Version 2.1


Bug Fixes:

  • Long tables fails to render
  • Latex fails due to small timeout value
  • Partial hack for Unicode support
  • Minor cleanup
  • Help file fails to launch on windows when program run from shortcut
  • Bill breaks when schedule items are edited

New features:

  • Items in measurements view and bills can now be edited by double clicking.
  • Measurements view now remembers cursor position during additions, edits and deletions.
  • Regular bill can now be copied as custom bill.

Downloads 

 

Windows:

cmbautomiser-win32-2-2-1.exe

Fedora:

CMBAutomiser-2.2.1-1.noarch.rpm

Thursday, 4 February 2016

School Choise: Socialised Education vs School Vouchers

The matter of choice in education involves two moral issues.
  1. Freedom of parents to choose the education they seem fit for their children.
  2. Right of the child to receive an education that would enable them to live a meaningful life they see fit.

FREEDOM OF PARENTS

It has been an established legal concept all over the world that a person below the legal age of consent is incapable of making his own decisions and that authority should be left to the parent/guardian; a main component of which is education. This is regarded as a natural right in most cultures. It is also widely perceived that parents provide the best care for their children. This may be because the evolution into social primates has led to the inculcation of a strong sense of kin preference in humans. It is also the reason for the preference of foster care over institutional care in developed nations. Hence education which is one of the most important part of a child's development is better served if the decision is taken by the parents.

RIGHT OF THE CHILD

The parents rights are only restricted by the natural rights of the child which includes the right to life, dignity, education and the freedom against physical and mental violence. Protection of these rights is the only reason why the government has the moral right to constitute laws that restrict the freedom of parents. Regarding education it would mean legislation requiring the parents to arrange/provide a descent education for enabling the child to lead a meaningful life they see fit.

SOCIALISED EDUCATION

Are governments better at taking decisions in matters relating to the child's education than parents? Let us look at the track record of governments.
  1. Democratic governments are always influenced by some level of tyranny of the majority. They are very likely to bring in the cultural, religious, linguistic, nationalistic, racial or economic ideals of the majority into the educational system under their control. One of the first acts of every tyrannical government invariably has been to take control of the educational system. This has been the rationale for providing constitutional safeguards to minorities for running their own educational institutions without government intervention.
  2. All government programs comes with bureaucracy, red tape, regulations, inefficiency and lack of innovation. This is a fact that is well demonstrated through out history. Government run schools/universities are not free from this fundamental nature of government. Teachers do not have an incentive for better performance. Capable teachers are paid the same as poor performers. The heavy level of unionisation means that the poor performers can never be fired resulting in lower quality of education. It can be seen that the best universities in the world are either private or publicly constituted and autonomously run with little government intervention. Government bureaucrats fixing curriculum and ground rules are simply detrimental for good education.
  3. Lack of innovation inherent in government systems prevents newer trends in education being applied to the classroom. Innovation rarely arise out of the system. Even innovations made outside the system takes years to be implemented.
  4. Socialised education is usually oriented towards mediocrity with the brilliant students restricted by the average level of instruction fixed by the system. Brilliant students need their limits challenged for achieving excellence which they are capable of. This the system is incapable of delivering.

THE VOUCHER SYSTEM

Many economists prescribe a voucher system to utilise the competitive spirit of the free market for ensuring quality education while providing subsidized education for all. Every child will be given a voucher that can be used to pay for education at a school of his choice. Government will pay the schools fixed money for each voucher the schools receives. If a parent admits his child to a school with a higher fee than what the voucher provide, he/she makes good the difference in cash.
Why such a system would be better than the government run public education system?
  1. Firstly there is choice for the parents to select a school of choice for their child. If government run schools are functioning poorly, the parents have the choice to take their child to a private school without any financial implications.
  2. Second thing is that the schools have to compete with each other for students or perish. This will provide incentive for the schools to offer better education and adopt innovative teaching methods to achieve that objective. Poor performing schools are quickly weeded out of the system.
The government run schools should be shifted to the control of local bodies where the local community has more control over the functioning of the school. They should also be made to compete with private schools for students. This would allow the inherent demerits of socialised education to be overcome.

CONCLUSION

Parents are the best authority to take decisions about the education of their child. The authority of government to appropriate this power is justified only when the parent/guardian is not exercising his rightful duty or is incapable of exercising it. Any measure beyond this to encroach upon the this right would constitute tyranny and is to be resisted. I believe that a voucher system is a better model for running the public education system than a socialised system in which freedoms are restricted and quality compromised. Such a system would offer better quality education without encroaching on the rights of the parents.