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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. Default elevations for all electrical devices

    You can specific a default elevation for light fixtures in the schedule. Expand this functionality to all types of electrical devices.

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  2. Use Branch Circuit as Main Breaker for Panel

    need a way for a branch breaker to serve as the main in a panelboard and allow it to connect on the oneline

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  3. Current Limiting Panel

    For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

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  4. Display Equipment Disconnect Ratings on Drawing

    Display the rating of the disconnect and the rating of the fused on the drawing adjacent to the disconnect symbol.

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. Find Unlooped Devices

    A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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  9. Rotate Equipment ID Tags

    Presently the equipment ID tag reverts to "world" orientation whenever it is moved or when you coordinate data base. Please make it subject to rotate text command, such that it stays in the orientation selected.

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  10. Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

    Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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  12. Convert existing plines into a room, or photometric area calculation boundary

    I would like to be able to select an architect's or HVAC designer's room boundary pline to use for photometric calculations as opposed to having to redraw it. This would also come in handy for defining rooms, as well as egress lighting.

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  13. RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

    For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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  14. Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

    Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

    For example, if you have a circuit like this:

    <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

    It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

    P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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  15. 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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  16. Better default panel clearances

    Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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  17. Copy distribution panels from job to job in multi-story buildings to serve lease space panels.

    We do a lot of design work in multi-story buildings that require us to show distribution panels on one-lines with load info. Right now I have to create the DPin each job. I would like to be able to copy from job to job with existing loads.

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  18. Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

    Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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  19. Show schedule notes on last column when schedule is split

    Currently if a schedule has a "Maximum Schedule Height" set the schedule notes are placed at the bottom of the first column. It would be better to place them at the bottom of the last column (or at least have an option to place them there) since the last column is often shorter than the others.

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  20. Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

    Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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