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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. Lighting loads - additional options

    I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.

    1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

    Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting…

    6 votes
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    • Change Voltage of Project

      Be able to change voltage of a completed project for 208V to 240V and keep everything connected and circuited.

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      • Export schedules to excel

        My estimators are always asking me if they can get my fixture or panel schedules in an excel format.

        27 votes
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        • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

          Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

          3 votes
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          • ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

            DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
            CAMERA
            MOTION SENSOR
            CARD READER
            KEYPAD

            JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

            3 votes
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            • Generator Load Calculations

              Calculate generator loads correctly, mostly by being able to specify that certain loads should not be included in the generator load.

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              • Existing Loads & Metered Demand

                Include, in options, the ability to not include existing (layered) items in panel, feeder, and service calculations. I'd like to enter the load to keep track of it, but have the ability to exclude it from the load calculations since "existing" would be included in the metered demand load.

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                • DESIGN MASTER ELECTRICAL when wiring using the looping option

                  When wiring I have more often than not had to manually loop my devices for a better looking presentation but the only problem is that the wires loose their intelligence and become as regular polylines. I would like to see an intelligent manual line which auto breaks and shows the tick marks just like the auto looping feature does please.

                  4 votes
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                  • Quick change between tick mark configurations in "Insert Tick Marks" command

                    Add some way to quickly change between tick mark configurations in the "Insert Tick Mark" command. Either templates that the user creates, or a set of commonly used configurations.

                    If you do vote for this, it would be helpful for you to leave a comment listing most common configuration of tick marks you use.

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                    • Device Circuiting - More options than just a loop.

                      We do a lot of low voltage design, and when we circuit on the drawings, the only option for circuiting is a loop. With multiple low voltage systems on one drawing (door locks, intercoms, CCTV, access control, RFID, duress alarms, paging, etc.), looped circuiting looks messy and can be confusing. It would be nice to have other types of circuiting available that is more linear.

                      4 votes
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                      • Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

                        Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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                        • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

                          I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

                          6 votes
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                          • Single-phase load on three-phase equipment

                            Add a way to include a single-phase load on three-phase equipment. One common use for this is VAV boxes with 3-phase heaters and 1-phase motors, all with a single electrical connection.

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                            • Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

                              Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

                              One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

                              3 votes
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                              • Convert panel schedules to tables

                                Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

                                3 votes
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                                • Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

                                  I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Equipment circuit label should be near the equipment symbol--not the equipment label.

                                    We often turn off printing of equipment label/leader, and use a keynote number with arrow instead. But we have to move the circuit to the equipment symbol, because it ends up under the equipment label (which we are not printing).

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                                    • Query Low Voltage Device

                                      Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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                                      • Automatically Add "ON" prefix to homerun labels for which a homerun already exists.

                                        It is customary for circuits that are shared on opposite ends of a building or from one floor to the next to be identifed with multiple homerun symbols, with all but one of those homeruns labeled with "ON <Panel-Ckt>" rather than connecting with a loop. Currently, to do this, the homerun text itself must be modified, and this rarely works well because that text reverts back to the default <Panel-Ckt> text each time the circuits are updated.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Overloaded Panel Warning

                                          Add a warning to the panels that would alert the designer when the total load exceeds the ampere rating. (Possibly as an X across the schedule when it is updated).

                                          This would able to be turned on or off with a per-user setting.

                                          76 votes
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