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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. Populate MCC Information Based upon Equipment

    The motor control center schedule includes several fields that could be populated from the information entered into the equipment connection devices. These include:

    Disconnect fuse size
    Starter NEMA size
    Starter type (ie, starter description)

    However, these fields do not populate automatically when the equipment connection devices are circuited to the motor control center. Is there a way to make the motor control center fields automatically pick this information from the equipment connection devices when they are circuited to a motor control center? Is there a way to override automatically populating the starter information into the motor control center when the…

    14 votes
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  2. Make circuit dialog box non-modal

    Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

    9 votes
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  3. Apply demand factors to loads by phase on panels

    NEC demand factors currently are calculated for the whole panel, not for each individual phase. It is possible to load one phase with a load type that has a demand factor (such as a kitchen load) and the other phases with load types that do not (such as continuous). The total load on the panel should account for these differences in demand factors by phase.

    6 votes
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  4. Custom circuit description for spaces with no breakers

    Have a custom circuit description that is automatically used when the breaker size is set to "None" for a circuit.

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  5. Break Loop Between Equipment and Disconnect

    Be able to break the loop going from an equipment connection to a disconnect.

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  6. 5-Wire Feeders

    Create feeders with a 5th wire (dedicated neutral) for computer/technology panels. These are typically routed to "K-Rated" dry-type transformers.

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  7. Custom Feeder or Wire Callouts

    Be able to custom the wire callouts used for feeders and branch circuits.

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  8. Size Transformer Feeders Differently than Other Feeders

    Allow transformer feeders to be sized using different size wires than other feeders. In particular, this would be for sizing 800A feeders. Normal panels can use 500kcmil wires, but transformers require 600kcmil.

    (The workaround for the moment is to use 500kcmil for your 800A automatic sizing and to manually size the transformers to 600kcmil.)

    1 vote
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  9. Highlight Footcandle Levels Below a Certain Level

    It would also be nice if foot candle levels less than a certain value could be a different color. This would make it easier to spot levels below a certain threshold, like fc levels for emergency egress lower limits.

    2 votes
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  10. Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

    It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

    2 votes
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  11. Calculate General and Egress Photometrics in Same Boundary

    It would be nice if we didn't need to create two photometric calculation areas. It would be great if one calc area could work for both general and egress calcs.

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  12. Demolition Layer Devices

    I do not feel that the schedules should show counts for devices like receptacles and computer outlets that are on a demolition layer.

    10 votes
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  13. New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

    Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

    17 votes
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  14. Loop Feed Transformer

    Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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  15. Tick Marks on Switches in Parallel

    Handle tick marks on switches in parallel correctly.

    One use for this is multiple occupancy sensors in which case if any one switch is on the lights will be one. Each switch requires a hot and neutral as well as the switched leg.

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  16. Add DC

    For modeling complete solar systems.

    3 votes
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  17. Set number of spare breakers

    Add an option to require a set number of spare breakers on every panel. The other breakers in the panel would be listed as spaces.

    13 votes
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  18. More customization for equipment callouts

    Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

    Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

    See images on this forum post for examples:
    http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

    If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

    6 votes
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  19. Different Layers for New and Existing Items in Schedules

    Use different layers for new and existing circuits in panel schedules or new and existing equipment in equipment schedules.

    3 votes
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  20. Having the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size.

    Add the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size for adjustable trip breakers.

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