Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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 2.0, DM Electrical 8.7, 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. Features marked as "Planned" will be available in these releases.


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  1. Single-phase load on three-phase equipment

    Add a way to include a single-phase load on three-phase equipment. One common use for this is VAV boxes with 3-phase heaters and 1-phase motors, all with a single electrical connection.

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  2. Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

    Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

    One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

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  3. Convert panel schedules to tables

    Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

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  4. 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.

    2 votes
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  5. 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).

    2 votes
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  6. Query Low Voltage Device

    Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Load on circuit by type

    Display load assigned to each load type on a circuit.

    Note that this would be implemented as total load on the circuit for each type. It would not be broken down by phase.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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.)

    1 vote
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  17. 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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  18. 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.

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  19. 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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  20. 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…

    20 votes
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