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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. 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.

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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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      • For Energy Code compliance, the light Fixture Schedule should include a subtotal of watts for each fixture type, and a total of watts for al

        For Energy Code compliance, the light Fixture Schedule should include a subtotal of watts for each fixture type, and a total of watts for all the fixtures on the posted schedule. That will help expedite the Lighting Power Density calculations required for Energy Code Compliance.

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        • Spaces in Feeder Callouts

          Be able to display feeder callouts with spaces after commas, instead of having all the wire sizes right next to each other.

          Current Callout:
          2''C,2#3/0,#3/0N,#6G

          Desired Callout:
          2''C, 2#3/0, #3/0N, #6G

          3 votes
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          • Import single piece of equipment

            Currently, the "Import Equipment from Another Project" command imports all the equipment. Update that function to allow you to choose specific pieces of equipment to import.

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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.

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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.

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                • Recurring Low Voltage Panel

                  Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

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                  • Aim Lamps Separately for Emergency Fixtures

                    For fixtures used in the outdoor and egress point-by-point photometrics with two lamps, we need to aim the lamp independently for correct photometrics.

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                    • Define fixed load by phase

                      When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

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                      • Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

                        Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

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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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                          • Count devices connected to recurring panels

                            Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

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                            • Support feeder calcs for track lighting

                              See NEC 220.43(B). The connected load for the branch circuit is the sum of the wattage of the connected light fixtures. The demand load is an additional 150VA per foot. I would like a place to enter the number of feet of track on a branch circuit so the demand load is calculated correctly in the load summary. We currently accomplish this through a 'Variable Caclulated Load', but it might be more intuitive if there is a 'Length Variable Demand' option. Thank you.

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                              • Add load column to receptacle schedule

                                Add a column to the receptacle schedule to show the load on the receptacle.

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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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…

                                      2 votes
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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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