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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. Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

    Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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    • Redundant Ground

      Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

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      • Layer Control Commands for Photometrics

        It would be nice if you could add layer control commands for the associated photometric calculation layers (both general and egress) to turn them on and off like you have for room layers and duct centerlines. The boundaries, foot candles and contours can really clutter up the drawing. Also make it so that when you need to run a general or egress calculation the respective layers will turn back on automatically.

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        • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

          Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

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          • ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

            DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
            CAMERA
            MOTION SENSOR
            CARD READER
            KEYPAD

            JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

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            • Load Calculations for Welders

              Add support for calculating loads based upon NEC 630 Electric Welders.

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              • Be able to move light fixture callout during fixture insertion

                After inserting a light fixture, prompt for the location of the light fixture callout. This feature exists for the callout style that is not directly linked to the fixture. The request is to make it work for callouts that are part of the fixture.

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                • Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

                  Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

                        I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

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                        • Button to reset equipment creation dialog to default values

                          When you create equipment, the information from the last piece of equipment is remembered and filled in. Add a "Reset to Defaults" button to the create equipment dialog box that would clear the information and reset it to its original state.

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                          • Redefine Panel Schedule Blocks

                            Add a command to automatically erase and reinsert panel schedules so that attribute locations are updated correctly.

                            Currently, you have to manually erase the schedule, redefine the block, and reinsert the schedule.

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                            • Break Loop Between Equipment and Disconnect

                              Be able to break the loop going from an equipment connection to a disconnect.

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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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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.

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                                        15 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.

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