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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. Smarter feeder lengths from plan view blocks

    Currently, when two plan view blocks, for example a panel and subpanel, are very close (say 1 foot apart), the feeder length may be as much as 16 feet. Electricians often ask if they need to add extra length to meet short ckt calc. Of course, one can manually adjust the length in the panel definition, but one should not have to. It should be assumed that this will be a nipple 1 foot long - not run under ground and back up. DM adds 10 feet to each feeder.

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      6 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • Edit multiple equipment/panels/devices

      This would be helpful when changing the voltage of a group of lights or panels on a project. It would also be helpful when adding a standard note to the bottom of all of the panels. It would be nice not to have to change the note, click next, change the note, click next.. etc.

      16 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • Photometrics becoming bigger and better

        Its a great and amazing feature to be able to do photo metrics right in AutoCAD. Along the same lines of how great DM works in AutoCAD. But if there was a way to make it work more precise and user friendly. Be able to implement some of the same features of Visual and AGI would be amazing. Making it your one shop stop do doing photo calcs etc. One thing that would be great to is if it could utilize the IES files and auto populate some of the light fixture specs.

        21 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
        • Display tick marks for #10 wires

          Display tick marks instead of wire callouts on all homeruns in a projects (not just for wires that are #12).

          Make it so that P-7 (the Yes column & No row) in this image gets tick marks:
          http://www.designmaster.biz/support/blog/2010/08/homerun-wire-callout-and-tick-mark-options/

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONELINE DEVICE LABELS" for all devices.

            Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONE-LINE DEVICE LABELS" for all each type of one-line device. When inserting devices into the one-line we need to add the same prefix and suffix to each device. As an example we add prefix CONNECTED and suffix KVA to each panel to show the connected KVA.

            6 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • Choosing VA instead of KVA (Panelboard Schedules)

              You've seen our panelboard schedules and it would be great to have the same options we show on ours to be able to show on the customized blocks in DM. Being able to display total VA of Left & Right phase and then total (Sum of both Left and Right in VA). Connected load total in VA. Being able to display Project name on Panel schedule. I love some of the options we don't show that I can include. So please keep what you have to add some more attributes.

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                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Add Aluminum Wire Option

                With the price of copper so high we use aluminum wire for feeders on jobs that are over budget.

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                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                • Add tag to feeder schedules

                  by using tags on feeder schedules, you tie your predefined feeders into your one line and eliminate the busy appearance of long string of text for wire/conduit sizes on the one line. If done in the wire sizing tables it would allow common feeder combinations to be built one time and put into a feeder schedule table

                  5 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a char

                    Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a character in the notes section. This would save typing the same notes every time and shorten the space required for them. The same idea could work for mech equipment.

                    7 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                    • Print Panel Schedules to Place Inside Panels

                      Add a command to print panel schedules that can be placed inside panels. The panel schedule will have options to include some basic information in the header, and then list each circuit and the load description.

                      The width of the panel schedule will be variable to accommodate the various size sleeves that panels come with.

                      52 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Change Fixture Tags as a part of "Edit Multiple Fixtures".

                        When "Editing Multiple Fixtures", the fixture in the database is changed, but the fixture tag is not changed in the drawing. It would be good for this to change automatically, similar to the attributes of "edit multiple receptacles" so that each fixture tag does not have to be edited manually.

                        4 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

                          Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

                          Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

                          70 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • High Voltage Motors

                            Add higher voltage ranges for equipment and power distribution equipment. Allow us to utilize a 4160v option for larger motors on projects that have very large motors.

                            6 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

                              Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

                              23 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                              • Residential and Other Electrical Load Types

                                Account for the rest of the load types in NEC 220 Part II, Part III, and Part IV that are currently ignored.

                                Load types that will be included:

                                Existing loads that can be specified for each panel (NEC 220.87).

                                Cooling loads. The panel load calculation will use the larger of the heating and cooling loads.

                                58 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Add twin breakers (2 circuits per space) to panel

                                  I often find twin or tandem breakers in existing panels. There is no way to circuit them now.

                                  47 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Multiple Homeruns on a Circuit

                                    Be able to draw multiple homeruns on a circuit, rather than the one that you are currently limited to.

                                    40 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • Device subscripts on schedules

                                      When an electrical device is created that always has a subscript(i.e. G subscript for ground fault receptacle) that subscript is not inserted with the device in the symbol column of the schedule. We have to add text to the symbol in the schedule to note the different types of receptacles. If the schedule changes the text needs to be manually updated. An option to include the subscript with the symbol would be helpful.

                                      3 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • add a panel based demand factor for devices

                                        Under Design Master Electrical Options=>Miscellaneous=>Custom Load Type=>Calculation Method, add a fourth option which is call “Panel Based” which would still have a default demand factor. Then when we go in to circuit a device with that demand factor name we will circuit it to the default demand. However, as we move up to upstream panels and see that device circuited already, we can change the demand factor in the circuit panel which is typically dimmed. This will solve the problem we have of dealing with Trailer parks, docks, Ranges, Dryers, and other devices that have different demands as you move…

                                        7 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide automatic sizing of breakers for motors & transformers

                                          The breaker for motors & transformers need to be manually selected. A default suggestion for the motor hp and transformer kva would save time.

                                          34 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                            Equipment breakers are sized automatically in DM Electrical 8.0 using MCA and MOCP. You can also assign specific breaker and wire sizes for equipment in the equipment dialog, not the circuiting dialog.

                                            Transformer breaker sizes are currently set automatically when you change the kVA or voltage. In DM Electrical 8.1, we are adding a “Size to match kVA” option to the transformer OCP selection to make it more obvious this is happening.

                                            I think this covers the features in this request. If not, let me know.

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