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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. Integrate functionality of DM into AutoCAD Electrical

    This add-on would be great in AutoCAD Electrical, where each device that is added by DM would be smart components within AutoCAD Electrical.

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  2. Importing panel schedules from previous projects

    We do a lot of repeat projects for clients and it would be nice to be able to import panel schedules (including circuiting and loading) from previous projects into a new project. These loads could be converted to fixed loads since the two projects would use different databases. This way we could better keep track of circuiting/loads and when the latter project are completed, the panel schedules would be more accurate.

    3 votes
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  3. I would like to be able to select a circuit number and highlight a device and draw a homerun, i.e. dedicated circuits, equipment, etc.

    This would avoid the more cumbersome 2 step process
    1. circuit device
    2. draw homerun

    Depending on the job there are can be lots of dedicated circuits and/or pieces of equipment...

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  4. Cut and paste devices between drawings and keep circuited

    When cutting devices from one drawing file to another that is in the same DM database it will keep the devices circuited.

    3 votes
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  6. Fan coils and splits that are electrically fed via heat pump.

    It would be nice if we could define a heat pump as a piece of equipment but have a second piece of equipment like a ductless split or fan coil either as a secondary part of that equipment that can be placed on a separate drawing (or a different part of the same drawing) or if we could link them in some way. The goal would be that once you circuit the heat pump, the same circuit would automatically be assigned to the fan coil which may or may not have an additional load. Then when drawing a homerun from…

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  7. Add a 'Find All Circuits on Drawing' command similar to the 'Find Circuit on Drawing'

    This command would be invoked from the panel circuiting dialog box, and would highlight all circuits fed from a particular panel.

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  8. Customization of circuiting callouts

    In circuiting callouts, allow the dash to be replaced by a custom string.

    Example: Default circuiting callout is L1A-1,3,5. Allow us to make it say L1A: 1,3,5 or L1A CKT 1,3,5.

    1 vote
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  9. Import/Export Electrical Equipment Schedule Excel

    It would be a huge time saver to be able to Export a project electrical equipment schedule into excel for quick data entry and then import back into DM/Autocad. Entering a large list of kitchen equipment can be tedious. Being able to do this in excel would be quicker. The import/export functionality could be similar to how DM handles the layers for the standards database. Alternatively, listing the equipment as a table with aligned rows/columns would be equally efficient.

    3 votes
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  10. A copy function for identical floor plans in multi-level buildings would be a time saving idea to speed up drawing.

    So that when I am working on a multilevel building all I would have to do is copy the floor plan from one identical level and placing it on the other matching levels then just rename the panels and circuit names, without duplicating the copied information on the original panels. Breaking its connection with the parent panel and giving a notification to reassign panel names.

    7 votes
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  11. Separate column in the feeder schedule for the service grounding electrode conductor.

    The service ground does not get installed in the conduit with the service entrance conductors, so why is it shown just like all the other feeders where the equipment grounding conductor is installed with the feeder conductors. If you want the feature to show the GEC size, show it in a different column and show the feeder with no ground listed with the feeder conductors so its clear it is not in the conduit.

    4 votes
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  12. Improve combined homeruns

    Be able to combine homeruns with different wire sizes.

    Be able to combine homeruns from separate panels.

    Be able to display a full wire callout for combined circuit homeruns, including calculating the conduit size required for all the wires.

    31 votes
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  13. Copy panel and loads to new project

    Be able to copy panels and other distribution from one project to another. The loads on the panel will be created as fixed loads in the new project.

    7 votes
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  14. Low-voltage looping

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

    13 votes
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  15. Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

    DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

    17 votes
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  16. Electrical Symbol Legend

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

    83 votes
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  17. Spaces in Feeder Callouts

    Be able to display feeder callouts with spaces after commas, instead of having all the wire sizes right next to each other.

    Current Callout:
    2''C,2#3/0,#3/0N,#6G

    Desired Callout:
    2''C, 2#3/0, #3/0N, #6G

    3 votes
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  18. Change Voltage of Project

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

    12 votes
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  19. Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

    Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

    6 votes
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  20. Manufacturer Name field included within Notes Settings of distribution equipment

    It would be helpful when creating distribution equipment lists if there was an option for the manufacturer's name. Currently we have to use an unused Note key, rename the label for that key and then remember which Notes Setting corresponds to the list entry.

    3 votes
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