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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. 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.

    3 votes
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    • Overloaded Panel Warning

      Add a warning to the panels that would alert the designer when the total load exceeds the ampere rating. (Possibly as an X across the schedule when it is updated).

      This would able to be turned on or off with a per-user setting.

      76 votes
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      • Low-Voltage lighting systems - Transformers and light fixtures for 12 Volt and 24 Volt systems.

        Make possible not only the easy DM insertion of these devices onto the lighting plan but also the ability to account for these in the panel schedule and load calculations.

        4 votes
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        • 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.

          20 votes
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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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            • 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.

              1 vote
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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.

                9 votes
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                • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

                  Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

                  9 votes
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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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                    • 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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                      • 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.

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                          • 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.

                            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.

                              2 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.

                                3 votes
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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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                                  • Export Equipment List to Excel

                                    Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

                                    48 votes
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                                    • Loop Feed Transformer

                                      Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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                                      • Total Load in Project

                                        Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

                                        I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

                                        What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

                                        A consideration…

                                        17 votes
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                                        • More customization for equipment callouts

                                          Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                                          Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                                          See images on this forum post for examples:
                                          http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                                          If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

                                          6 votes
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