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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. Subfeed breakers

    Add specific support for subfeed breakers.

    Be able to set the number of subfeed breakers on a panel (similar to how the number of poles is currently set on a panel).

    Have the panel schedule update to document which breakers are subfeed. We likely would add a separator block between the branch circuit and subfeed breakers that you could customize. The default block would have a line across the schedule plus some text indicating branch circuit breakers above and subfeed below. You could then modify that as desired for your documentation purposes.

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    • Backfeed Breakers

      Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

      3 votes
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      • Circuiting layer dependent on device layer system

        DM's default circuit layer system can be determined by three different options: (1) same as distribution equipment, (2) new, and (3) existing. We'd like a fourth option that makes the circuit layer system match the circuit layer system of the device that's being circuited.

        For example, we're currently designing a job where we are installing new receptacles that are being fed from an existing panel. Our receptacle circuit callouts are coming up under the existing layer system (based off of the panel) instead of the new layer system (based off of the new receptacles). To address this, we changed the…

        3 votes
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        • Add load column to receptacle schedule

          Add a column to the receptacle schedule to show the load on the receptacle.

          2 votes
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          • Double neutral wire size for wires less than 1/0

            When a feeder neutral is doubled, DM simply adds a second neutral wire. NEC 310.10 does not allow this for wires less than 1/0. Update this calculation to correctly resize the wire when appropriate.

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            • Define fixed load by phase

              When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

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              • Default label locations in blocks

                Be able to specify locations for labels in blocks. When the labels are added to the block, they will be placed in the desired locations, rather than in the somewhat random default location they are currently placed in.

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                • Electrical elevation label

                  Create a label that will display the elevation of a device and update automatically when the elevation changes.

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                  • Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

                    When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

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                    • Update impedances based upon conduit material

                      Be able to automatically update the impedance in a wire based upon the conduit material type.

                      Currently you have to create a separate wire configuration for each conduit material type.

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                      • Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

                        Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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                        • Homerun Note

                          Be able to add a note to a homerun callout.

                          5 votes
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                          • Calculate Fault at Equipment Connections

                            Be able to mark equipment connections to be included in the fault calculation.

                            3 votes
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                            • please add a new column to the lighting fixture schedule for "KELVIN"

                              ADD NEW COLUMN IN LIGHT FIXTURE SCHEDULE FOR "KELVIN"

                              6 votes
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                              • Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

                                DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

                                14 votes
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                                • Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

                                  Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

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                                  • Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

                                    Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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                                    • Custom Transformer Impedance and XR Ratio

                                      Be able to create a custom table of impedance and XR ratio values for transformers based upon the kVA. Currently the default values are fixed. If you always use different values, you have to manually change them every time.

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                                      • Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

                                        Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

                                        For example, if you have a circuit like this:

                                        <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

                                        It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

                                        P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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                                        • RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

                                          For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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