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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. 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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    • 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.

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      • 1 vote
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        • Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

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

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          • add sub-script option for junction boxes

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

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            • 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.

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              • 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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                • Add a sort by circuit id, then by callout to Project Explorer

                  Many times on complicated drawings I have a circuit that feeds multiple floors of devices or large areas. When I do Find Circuit, DM will zoom way out, highlight all the devices, and put lines to them. As soon as I try to find those far away circuits the lines disappear and then I start the needle in the hay stack look. If I has sort by circuit id, then callout I could see all the devices and then select find on each device of that circuit till I select the one in question since it creates a line that…

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                  • 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.

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                    • Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

                      Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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                      • Set room boundaries to also be light-obstructing rectangles for photometric analysis

                        It duplicates work to trace the boundaries of all rooms for energy analysis and circuit naming, then have to trace all the rooms again for photometric analysis. This would likely require the addition of a 'door' object to define places where light-obstructing boundaries would be ignored

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                        • 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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                          • 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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                            • Handle LED Lighting Better

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

                              15 votes
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                              • Support feeder calcs for track lighting

                                See NEC 220.43(B). The connected load for the branch circuit is the sum of the wattage of the connected light fixtures. The demand load is an additional 150VA per foot. I would like a place to enter the number of feet of track on a branch circuit so the demand load is calculated correctly in the load summary. We currently accomplish this through a 'Variable Caclulated Load', but it might be more intuitive if there is a 'Length Variable Demand' option. Thank you.

                                2 votes
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                                • Multiple Switch Legs on a Single Switch

                                  Allow a single switch to have multiple switch legs associated with it. Currently we require a separate switch for each switch leg.

                                  26 votes
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                                  • Equipment and Receptacle Short Circuit Calculations

                                    Add the ability to select a checkbox for receptacles and equipment so that short circuit calculations are included for that device.

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                                    • Add Sections to Panels

                                      Define how many breakers are in each section of panel. This would be used when creating a 84 circuit panel that is made up of 2 sections, each with 42 circuits.

                                      For the panel schedule, include a separator between the sections.

                                      When circuiting, do not allow 2 or 3 pole circuits to span the two sections.

                                      22 votes
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                                      • More options for panel callouts, circuit labels, and homerun callouts

                                        Add the ability to specify a prefix or suffix for panel callouts when inserting them on the drawing. For example, be able to label them NEW PANEL 'LA' rather than simple LA.

                                        Also be able to replace the panel name with a different value in the circuit callout. This feature would be used when the panel name is very long.

                                        Also be able to leave the panel name off entirely and list just the circuit number in the homerun label. This feature would be used when there is only one panel in an area.

                                        12 votes
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                                        • Export the luminaire schedule into excel

                                          I have lighting reps ask me all the time for an excel spreadsheet of our luminaire schedule. It would be helpful to export our luminaire schedule into excel.

                                          14 votes
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