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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. Add horsepower of individual loads on mcc schedules

    The MCC schedule doesn't have the ability to show horsepower values for the individual loads. This is important information for the MCC vendor for breaker and overload sizing.

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      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Handle LED Lighting Better

      Calculate the load based upon the length and the remote transformers.

      15 votes
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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

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          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Export the luminaire schedule into excel

          I have lighting reps ask me all the time for an excel spreadsheet of our luminaire schedule. It would be helpful to export our luminaire schedule into excel.

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            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

            DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

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              medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

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                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • add medium voltage conductors as an option when sizing conduits.

                MV conductor insulation is much larger so you cannot get as many conductors inside a conduit. if you're using design master to calculate your feeder conduits it will be incorrect over 600v. I don't believe this is readily apparent now.

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                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • More options for panel callouts, circuit labels, and homerun callouts

                  Add the ability to specify a prefix or suffix for panel callouts when inserting them on the drawing. For example, be able to label them NEW PANEL 'LA' rather than simple LA.

                  Also be able to replace the panel name with a different value in the circuit callout. This feature would be used when the panel name is very long.

                  Also be able to leave the panel name off entirely and list just the circuit number in the homerun label. This feature would be used when there is only one panel in an area.

                  12 votes
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                    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Low-voltage looping

                    Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

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                      high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

                      High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

                      Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

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                        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Select automatic conduit based on Type

                        When selecting conduit I want to be able to select the feeder as schedule 80 so that the only size option would be based on schedule 80. Then on another feeder I could select EMT for my circuits and the only option for auto sizing would be based on EMT. Finally, I would then have the option of adding the type to my one-lines and a conduit schedule.

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                          medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Change Voltage of Project

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

                          11 votes
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                            high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            11 votes
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                              medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • SKM Power Tools

                              Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

                              11 votes
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                                high effort to implement  ·  5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create Separate One-Lines for Each LVD Group

                                I have Security, F/A, Lighting Control Panels, Audio, and Data groups and would like to be able to create separate low voltage one-line risers for them.

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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Homerun from non-circuited devices

                                  We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

                                  We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

                                  10 votes
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                                    low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      medium effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Keep Tick Marks on Broken Circuits

                                      When a circuit is broken, keep tick marks inserted on one of the halves.

                                      10 votes
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                                        medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

                                        Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

                                        I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

                                        I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

                                        10 votes
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                                          high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Voltage Drop Based upon Connected or Other Load

                                          Be able to specify that the voltage drop on a feeder should be based upon the connected or other load, rather than the calculated load.

                                          One example of a use for this feature is a piece of equipment that serves a single motor. You want the voltage drop for the connected load of the motor, rather than the calculate load, which will be 125% of the motor load.

                                          10 votes
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                                            medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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