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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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    • 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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      • 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.

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        • 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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          • 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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            • 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.

              14 votes
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              • 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.)

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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • Loop Feed Transformer

                        Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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                        • 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.

                          13 votes
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                          • 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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                            • 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.

                              3 votes
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                              • 1 vote
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                                • Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

                                  Add wiring and symbols for manufactured wiring systems (NEC 604), MWS, Reloc etc

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                                  • add sub-script option for junction boxes

                                    Add subscript for junctions boxes like you did for low voltage devices.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Breaker Using Twice as Many Spaces

                                      Many breaker panels of old and of new has the ability to put a single, two, or three pole breaker in that takes twice as many spaces as normal. Example is I have a panel I have to represent that has a 2 pole breaker that takes position 36-38 and 40-42. It also has a 3 pole breaker in it that take 24-26,28-30,32-34. I have no way of circuiting the device and still have it on phase A, B, and C.

                                      8 votes
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                                      • When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

                                        When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

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                                        • Handle LED Lighting Better

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

                                          15 votes
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