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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. Provide a keyboard shortcut for incrementing the circuit in the Circuiting window.

    We have a client that we’re doing minor remodels for that wants to see all their panel schedules on the drawings. Tabbing works to get to the Fixed Loads Input, but incrementing the circuit still requires mouse input (or a lot of tabbing).

    One solution that might be to have ‘Enter’ increment the circuit and tab would still behave like it does now. A ctrl+Enter would also be quicker than going to the mouse.

    Thanks!

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      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • CUSTOM CIRCUIT DESCRIPTIONS

      Have custom circuit description separated per phase instead of combining to the first pull

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      • 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.

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        • Ability to store and display light fixture input watts to one decimal place. Useful for LED fixtures.

          The fractions of watts come int play on some projects wit a lot of LED fixtures. Right now DM accepts a decimal and stores it until you look at that fixture again. It will then display a rounded value, act as if you changed the value and ask you to save your changes. If you do, you lose the decimal. Even storing without displaying would be helpful if you get the correct value in Excel.

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            1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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            • Reverse Tick Marks

              Add a button to the "Insert Tick Marks" command to reverse the order of the tick marks in the dialog box.

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              • Conduit size at end of wire callout

                Add an option to display the conduit size at the end of the wire callout instead of at the beginning.

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                • Allow equipment callouts to be specified per equipment group, instead of globally

                  It would be a great help to be able to choose an equipment callout to be tied to each equipment group instead of a single global selection. We use a different equipment tag for Kitchen equipment, Mechanical equipment, Shop equipment, etc.

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                    • Maintain Tick Marks

                      After circuits are inserted or circuit is modified in some way, the tick marks that were placed on multipole homerun circuits disappear and have to be re-inserted. It would be helpful for those tick marks to remain upon completion of circuit changes.

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                      • Add Aluminum Wire Option

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

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                        • Tick marks for #12, Tick marks AND wire callouts if >#12

                          Tick marks for all homeruns. Insert tick marks on all homeruns regardless of the wire size. Wire callouts for wires sizes greater than #12.

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                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                            This should have been added in the last release. In Options, go to “Homeruns and Loops→Homerun wire callouts and tick marks” and the “Tick marks for #12, tick marks and wire callouts if > #12” option should do what you want.

                          • Remove electrical equipment tag.

                            I would like to be able to remove electrical equipment tags. Sometimes the plan is too crowded for the tags. In that case, a person could follow the circuit number to the panelboard schedule to see what something is.

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                            • Show tick marks on single pole circuits only

                              Show tick marks on 20A single pole circuits. All other circuits, including 20A two and three pole circuits, show the full wire callout.

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                              • 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.

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                                  6 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Separate level for motors and equipment rather than the same as receptacles

                                  At times there is not enough room on the particular view to have both receptacles and the AC equipment. I have started changing the equipment to new "Equip" layer.

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                                  • IECC Calculation

                                    It would be nice to be able to incorporate the IECC forms for the lighting in DM

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                                    • 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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                                      • Add sub-script option to Low-Voltage Devices

                                        Add the subscript option to Low-Voltage Devices.

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                                        • "set fault @ switchboard" value should be available to place on the one-line diagram.

                                          The available fault current is available to place on the one-line diagram, but not the "set fault @ switchboard" value. The available fault current includes motor contribution, and is not what plan reviewers are looking for at the service entrance on the one-line. They are looking for the value given by the Utility company in its table.

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