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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.1, DM Electrical 8.4, DM HVAC 7.3, and DM Plumbing 4.1. We are not adding new features to these releases.

The next releases will be DM Electrical RT 1.2, DM Electrical 8.5, DM HVAC 7.4, and DM Plumbing 4.2 We are actively working on these release and using this wishlist to guide which features we implement. Some features you see marked as “complete” will not be available until these releases are finished.

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  1. Highlight Duct Sizes That Changed After Resizing Ductwork

    For large sprawling duct systems it is difficult to monitor all the duct sizes that change. When you calculate and redraw a single branch, all the ducts are erased and redrawn. This makes it difficult to know which duct sizes changed and which stayed the same.

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    • Provide Minumum air flow calculations

      If the minimum air flow is set in the calculation bases on a parameter such as air change rate, cfm/sq ft or a set cfm it would be nice to have that as a column in the calculation output.

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      • Add an option to the "Duct: Edit Multiple" dialog that allows users to choose whether to preserve duct endpoint connections or not.

        So if I query and individual duct section and change the elevation of either end, the ducts the ends are connected to also change elevation to preserve the connection between the endpoints. If I "edit multiple" on several duct sections and change the endpoint elevations, the other duct sections connected at those points do not change elevation to preserve the connection. Sometimes, changing the elevation of one endpoint without keeping any other endpoints attached is what I want, and sometimes I wish the connections were all preserved. I think there should be a drop-down, a radio button, or something on…

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        • Diffuser Insertion at Corner (for Ceiling Grids)

          Have the option to insert diffusers at the corner of the diffuser, not the center. This change would assist in placing diffusers properly in ceiling grids.

          49 votes
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          • Ability to differentiate diffuser of different systems in the diffuser schedule

            Ability to differentiate diffuser of different systems in the diffuser schedule. i.e. turn on or off diffusers associated with New, existing and demo systems.

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            • Export to eQuest or DOE2.2

              Be able to export building load information to eQuest or DOE2.2 using gbXML for energy modeling purposes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, LEED, and Title 24.

              29 votes
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              • 32 votes
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                • 11 votes
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                  • Allow diffuser tags to be moved and modified with standard AutoCAD editing commands.

                    It would be helpful to not have to use the "special" DM commands to manipulate the diffuser tags.

                    21 votes
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                    • VAV Box Schedule

                      Create a schedule of VAV boxes, similar to the diffuser schedule.

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                        1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →

                        We are considering this for DM HVAC 7.1. Additional information about what you would like the schedule to look like would be helpful, either in the comments or emailed to us.

                        In particular, examples of schedules you currently use would help a lot. I prefer Excel or DWG format over PDF if possible!

                      • Set Room Exhaust Rate

                        Specify the exhaust air requirements for rooms and use these numbers in the load calculations and duct design calculations.

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                        • IMC Ventilation Schedule

                          Create a ventilation schedule that corresponds to what is required by the IMC.

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                          • Duct and pipe demolition

                            Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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                            • Variable Custom Pressure Drop in Ductwork

                              Be able to specify a pressure drop in the ductwork that changes based upon the airflow in the ductwork.

                              We currently allow you to lock a specific pressure drop but it does not change as the design changes. Instead lock an equivalent duct length or something similar that would change based upon the airflow.

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                              • Equipment airflow available

                                Set the available CFM for a piece of equipment. If this value changes, update the airflow assigned in the downstream ducts.

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                                • Right click when entering Duct Labels to Rotate Label

                                  Similar to how you can right click to add leader lines when labeling diffusers, it would be helpful to be able to right click duct labels to rotate them instead of making this a two step process. Also, rotating it would remove the arrow that sometimes accompanies the duct label.

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                                  • Diversify zone airflow based upon people diversity

                                    When a VAV zone has people diversity specified, update the zone airflow. Currently, the zone load is updated, but the airflow is not.

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                                    • Show Locked CFM in Duct Centerline

                                      I have been back into DM after a short break away from it's use. I have found that text now appears along the center line referencing that the width, depth, or shape of the duct has been locked. This is a great new feature. However, I feel that one of the most important features that could be shown as locked is that of the CFM. In a quick duct sizing and CFM check, by locking the CFM of the end duct in the various branch strings, one can size and determine very quickly how a system is going to be.…

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                                      • 24x24 Box Around Diffuser

                                        Have an option to insert a 24x24 box around an diffuser for use in RCP's.

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                                        • Make Grips Work With Diffuser Callouts

                                          Fix the diffuser callouts so they can be moved more consistently and reliable with grips instead of using the "Move Callout" command.

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