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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. Add justification options to DM labels

    Be able to have labels set to right justified or bottom justified, rather than always being top-left justified. This way they will update correctly when the value changes during the design.

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    • More custom load types

      Add 3 more custom load types.

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      • Right click when entering Duct Labels to Rotate Label

        Similar to how you can right click to add leader lines when labeling diffusers, it would be helpful to be able to right click duct labels to rotate them instead of making this a two step process. Also, rotating it would remove the arrow that sometimes accompanies the duct label.

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        • Different Layers for Schedule Headers

          Be able to set a different layer for the schedule header and subheaders.

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          • Layer Control Commands for Photometrics

            It would be nice if you could add layer control commands for the associated photometric calculation layers (both general and egress) to turn them on and off like you have for room layers and duct centerlines. The boundaries, foot candles and contours can really clutter up the drawing. Also make it so that when you need to run a general or egress calculation the respective layers will turn back on automatically.

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            • Load Calculations for Welders

              Add support for calculating loads based upon NEC 630 Electric Welders.

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              • Be able to move light fixture callout during fixture insertion

                After inserting a light fixture, prompt for the location of the light fixture callout. This feature exists for the callout style that is not directly linked to the fixture. The request is to make it work for callouts that are part of the fixture.

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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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                  • Change Circuit without Removing Loops

                    Be able to change the circuit a device is on and not remove the loops connected to it.

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                    • Diversify zone airflow based upon people diversity

                      When a VAV zone has people diversity specified, update the zone airflow. Currently, the zone load is updated, but the airflow is not.

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                      • Add button to "Select block" dialog boxes to open block customization

                        Add a button in the "Select block" dialog boxes to open the block customization dialog box.

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                        • 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.

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                          • Button to reset equipment creation dialog to default values

                            When you create equipment, the information from the last piece of equipment is remembered and filled in. Add a "Reset to Defaults" button to the create equipment dialog box that would clear the information and reset it to its original state.

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                            • Redefine Panel Schedule Blocks

                              Add a command to automatically erase and reinsert panel schedules so that attribute locations are updated correctly.

                              Currently, you have to manually erase the schedule, redefine the block, and reinsert the schedule.

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                              • Custom circuit description for spaces with no breakers

                                Have a custom circuit description that is automatically used when the breaker size is set to "None" for a circuit.

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                                • Break Loop Between Equipment and Disconnect

                                  Be able to break the loop going from an equipment connection to a disconnect.

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                                  • 5-Wire Feeders

                                    Create feeders with a 5th wire (dedicated neutral) for computer/technology panels. These are typically routed to "K-Rated" dry-type transformers.

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                                    • Custom Feeder or Wire Callouts

                                      Be able to custom the wire callouts used for feeders and branch circuits.

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                                      • Show Locked CFM in Duct Centerline

                                        I have been back into DM after a short break away from it's use. I have found that text now appears along the center line referencing that the width, depth, or shape of the duct has been locked. This is a great new feature. However, I feel that one of the most important features that could be shown as locked is that of the CFM. In a quick duct sizing and CFM check, by locking the CFM of the end duct in the various branch strings, one can size and determine very quickly how a system is going to be.…

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                                        • Tick Marks on Switches in Parallel

                                          Handle tick marks on switches in parallel correctly.

                                          One use for this is multiple occupancy sensors in which case if any one switch is on the lights will be one. Each switch requires a hot and neutral as well as the switched leg.

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