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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. Export Lighting to ComCheck

    Be able to export lighting information to ComCheck for energy code compliance purposes.

    65 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • Smarter feeder lengths from plan view blocks

      Currently, when two plan view blocks, for example a panel and subpanel, are very close (say 1 foot apart), the feeder length may be as much as 16 feet. Electricians often ask if they need to add extra length to meet short ckt calc. Of course, one can manually adjust the length in the panel definition, but one should not have to. It should be assumed that this will be a nipple 1 foot long - not run under ground and back up. DM adds 10 feet to each feeder.

      2 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • Remove Feeder Line Between Devices in One-Line Diagram

        Include an option to not draw a feeder line between devices on the one-line diagram. This would be useful when drawing the connections between devices and bus gutters.

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          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
        • Display tick marks for #10 wires

          Display tick marks instead of wire callouts on all homeruns in a projects (not just for wires that are #12).

          Make it so that P-7 (the Yes column & No row) in this image gets tick marks:
          http://www.designmaster.biz/support/blog/2010/08/homerun-wire-callout-and-tick-mark-options/

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Edit multiple equipment/panels/devices

            This would be helpful when changing the voltage of a group of lights or panels on a project. It would also be helpful when adding a standard note to the bottom of all of the panels. It would be nice not to have to change the note, click next, change the note, click next.. etc.

            16 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • Photometrics becoming bigger and better

              Its a great and amazing feature to be able to do photo metrics right in AutoCAD. Along the same lines of how great DM works in AutoCAD. But if there was a way to make it work more precise and user friendly. Be able to implement some of the same features of Visual and AGI would be amazing. Making it your one shop stop do doing photo calcs etc. One thing that would be great to is if it could utilize the IES files and auto populate some of the light fixture specs.

              21 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Choosing VA instead of KVA (Panelboard Schedules)

                You've seen our panelboard schedules and it would be great to have the same options we show on ours to be able to show on the customized blocks in DM. Being able to display total VA of Left & Right phase and then total (Sum of both Left and Right in VA). Connected load total in VA. Being able to display Project name on Panel schedule. I love some of the options we don't show that I can include. So please keep what you have to add some more attributes.

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                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                • Add Aluminum Wire Option

                  With the price of copper so high we use aluminum wire for feeders on jobs that are over budget.

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONELINE DEVICE LABELS" for all devices.

                    Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONE-LINE DEVICE LABELS" for all each type of one-line device. When inserting devices into the one-line we need to add the same prefix and suffix to each device. As an example we add prefix CONNECTED and suffix KVA to each panel to show the connected KVA.

                    6 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                    • Add tag to feeder schedules

                      by using tags on feeder schedules, you tie your predefined feeders into your one line and eliminate the busy appearance of long string of text for wire/conduit sizes on the one line. If done in the wire sizing tables it would allow common feeder combinations to be built one time and put into a feeder schedule table

                      5 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a char

                        Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a character in the notes section. This would save typing the same notes every time and shorten the space required for them. The same idea could work for mech equipment.

                        7 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Print Panel Schedules to Place Inside Panels

                          Add a command to print panel schedules that can be placed inside panels. The panel schedule will have options to include some basic information in the header, and then list each circuit and the load description.

                          The width of the panel schedule will be variable to accommodate the various size sleeves that panels come with.

                          52 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Change Fixture Tags as a part of "Edit Multiple Fixtures".

                            When "Editing Multiple Fixtures", the fixture in the database is changed, but the fixture tag is not changed in the drawing. It would be good for this to change automatically, similar to the attributes of "edit multiple receptacles" so that each fixture tag does not have to be edited manually.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                            • High Voltage Motors

                              Add higher voltage ranges for equipment and power distribution equipment. Allow us to utilize a 4160v option for larger motors on projects that have very large motors.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                              • Place Panel Lug or Main OPD, the Panel Outline in One-Line Diagram

                                Also when a panel/switch board is inserted we currently draw the outline of the panel and the lug and/or main OPD is placed automatically. We would like to place the lug and/or OPD first so it is easier to line up devices.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Show Panels without Lugs on One-Line Diagram

                                  When drawing a panel with a main breaker it shows a lug and a breaker. This causes confusion with the people we have looking at the drawings. We would prefer not to see the lug symbol so there is no confusion between panels with main lug and main breakers.

                                  15 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Equipment Connections with Shared Definitions

                                    Create a way to schedule equipment similar to light fixtures or receptacles so that you have multiple instances of one type of equipment. Often a piece of equipment appears multiple times in a project. This feature will make it easier to update when the definition of the equipment changes.

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                      We implemented what we hope covers the spirit of this request in DM Electrical 8.3. Rather than make shared definitions, we decided to make it possible (and easy) to change multiple pieces of equipment at once. Using the “Edit Multiple Equipment” command, you can select all the similar equipment and make changes to all of it at once.

                                    • Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

                                      Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

                                      23 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Device subscripts on schedules

                                        When an electrical device is created that always has a subscript(i.e. G subscript for ground fault receptacle) that subscript is not inserted with the device in the symbol column of the schedule. We have to add text to the symbol in the schedule to note the different types of receptacles. If the schedule changes the text needs to be manually updated. An option to include the subscript with the symbol would be helpful.

                                        3 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                        • Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

                                          Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

                                          Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

                                          70 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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