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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. 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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    • 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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      • Generator Load Calculations

        Calculate generator loads correctly, mostly by being able to specify that certain loads should not be included in the generator load.

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        • Better default panel clearances

          Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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          • Show schedule notes on last column when schedule is split

            Currently if a schedule has a "Maximum Schedule Height" set the schedule notes are placed at the bottom of the first column. It would be better to place them at the bottom of the last column (or at least have an option to place them there) since the last column is often shorter than the others.

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            • Size Transformer Feeders Differently than Other Feeders

              Allow transformer feeders to be sized using different size wires than other feeders. In particular, this would be for sizing 800A feeders. Normal panels can use 500kcmil wires, but transformers require 600kcmil.

              (The workaround for the moment is to use 500kcmil for your 800A automatic sizing and to manually size the transformers to 600kcmil.)

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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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                • Allow the option to add circuiting to fixture callout

                  Allow the option to put the circuit number or control designation in the bottom of the fixture callout in place of the lamp info.

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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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                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • Existing Loads & Metered Demand

                          Include, in options, the ability to not include existing (layered) items in panel, feeder, and service calculations. I'd like to enter the load to keep track of it, but have the ability to exclude it from the load calculations since "existing" would be included in the metered demand load.

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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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                                • 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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                                  • Wrap wire size text on panel schedules

                                    Add the ability for wire size callouts on the panel schedule to wrap if they get too long, similar to how circuit description wrap.

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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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                                      • Single-phase load on three-phase equipment

                                        Add a way to include a single-phase load on three-phase equipment. One common use for this is VAV boxes with 3-phase heaters and 1-phase motors, all with a single electrical connection.

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                                        • Quick change between tick mark configurations in "Insert Tick Marks" command

                                          Add some way to quickly change between tick mark configurations in the "Insert Tick Mark" command. Either templates that the user creates, or a set of commonly used configurations.

                                          If you do vote for this, it would be helpful for you to leave a comment listing most common configuration of tick marks you use.

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