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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. Loop Feed Transformer

    Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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  2. 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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  3. Add DC

    For modeling complete solar systems.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

    We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

    Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

    7 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Low Voltage Homerun With Keynote

    On low voltage systems drawings (Fire Alarm, Security, CCTV) we treat homeruns differently than power and lighting homeruns. We do not use the circuit label, wire callout, or tick marks, but rather we use a keynote. If there was a “keynote homerun”, it would save us the time spent removing the wire call-out every time we create low voltage homerun.

    9 votes
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  9. 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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  11. Selected device type to find that are uncircuited

    Often I circuit items by device type, such as equipment first, then general receptacles, and finally lighting. Sometimes I only show the light fixtures or site lighting but don't ever circuit them as a lighting designer is taking that part of the contract. So under either situation if the symbols have already been placed and I do the “Highlight Uncircuited Devices” command, I get so many lines going all over the place that I can't find out which receptacles I haven't circuited. It would be nice under the Highlight Uncircuited Devices label you have a sub-selection of: Receptacle, Lights, Equipment,…

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  12. Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

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

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  13. add sub-script option for junction boxes

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

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Selective Coordination

    Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

    9 votes
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  17. Handle LED Lighting Better

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

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  18. 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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  19. Find Unlooped Devices

    A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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  20. Error Checking

    Provide a simple error checking routine that will look at panel loads and compare them to wire sizes and ratings of upstream breakers. This could be a simple table like voltage drop and fault currents where out of range values are shown in a different font type.

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