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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. 229 votes
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      high effort to implement  ·  13 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

      Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

      168 votes
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        high effort to implement  ·  8 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Electrical Symbol Legend

        Add a Schedule of all blocks used in the project. This could be used a Symbol Legend for the Project.

        70 votes
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          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Fire Alarms

          Add better support for fire alarm system design.

          Various improvements related to this suggestion include:

          Add 12V, 14V, 16V, 18V and 24V DC device support for Fire Alarm Systems

          Change loads from KVA to mA or even VA. Two load types should be
          available, standby power and alarm power for each FA device.

          Add ability for wiring such as 24, 22, 18, 16, and 14 awg.

          Add ability to perform standby and alarm battery ampere-hour
          calculations.

          Display length, current, voltage, and voltage drop for each circuit.

          Have fire alarm panels with appropriate attributes, such as alarm time, standby time, battery…

          64 votes
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            high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Multi text search

            implement Multi-Text search through out the menus.

            So for example when searching through the Insert Receptacle menu and in my case we have several thousand pieces of equipment. if the equipment is called 'RX99S' instead of just allowing us to hit 'R' and starting us off at the beginning of the list of 'R' equipment allow us to type out 'RX99S' and design master go straight to the piece of equipment. this is a very simple change to the code in design master and would save tons of time on projects.

            20 votes
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              high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Low-voltage looping

              Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

              12 votes
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                high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Change Voltage of Project

                Be able to change voltage of a completed project for 208V to 240V and keep everything connected and circuited.

                11 votes
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                  high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SKM Power Tools

                  Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

                  11 votes
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                    high effort to implement  ·  5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

                    Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

                    I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

                    I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

                    10 votes
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                      high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

                        Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

                        9 votes
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                          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            high effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

                              Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

                              The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

                              It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

                              1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

                              Breaker Frame (AF)
                              Breaker trip (AT)
                              Breaker plug size (AP)*

                              Long-time pickup (LTPU)
                              Long-time delay (LTD)
                              Short-time pickup (STPU) …

                              6 votes
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                                high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

                                A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

                                6 votes
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                                  high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Edit Multiple Types of Devices

                                  Create an "Edit Multiple" command to works on all types of devices. Include only attributes that are common to all types of devices: layer system, elevation.

                                  5 votes
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                                    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Show conduit runs with schedules

                                    Be able to show conduits feeder runs on their own layer with up and down riser symbols. Then be able to create a conduit schedule.

                                    5 votes
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                                      high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Copy and Increment Across Drawings

                                      Improve the "Copy and Increment" command to work across drawings. Make it easier to move everything from one panel to a different panel on the copied devices.

                                      4 votes
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                                        high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Insert Devices via command line

                                        Be able to insert a receptacle/device without picking it from the 'Insert Receptacle' form. A command followed by the device name would prompt the user to place the receptacle like they just clicked "OK" after selecting a device.

                                        4 votes
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                                          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Load on circuit by type

                                          Display load assigned to each load type on a circuit.

                                          Note that this would be implemented as total load on the circuit for each type. It would not be broken down by phase.

                                          3 votes
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                                            high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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