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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. Air Diffuser Schedule - Mounting Type & Material

    It would be nice to include (2) additional properties within the diffuser schedule:

    1) Mounting type (i.e. Surface Mount, Lay-In, Spiral Duct, etc.)
    2) Material (Steel, Aluminum, etc.)

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      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

        • "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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            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Overloaded Panel Warning

            Add a warning to the panels that would alert the designer when the total load exceeds the ampere rating. (Possibly as an X across the schedule when it is updated).

            This would able to be turned on or off with a per-user setting.

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              1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • CUSTOM CIRCUIT DESCRIPTIONS

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

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              • Give the option to disable copying of IES files to the project directory

                Introduce an option into the standard options that allows disabling the feature of copying IES files to the project folder. The number of IES files introduced into the project directories causes serious clutter.

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                  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Have the option to assign a fixed Outside Air CFM to a zone. This will help address over-ventilation to maintain positive building pressure

                  Have the option to assign a fixed Outside Air CFM to a zone. This will help address zones that need over-ventilation to maintain a positive building pressure.

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                    1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • It would be nice to have a "format painter" type option.

                    It would be nice to have a "format painter" type option which copied/pasted properties, especially for ductwork. For example: click the paintbrush, select the item with properties to be copied, then select the item to apply them to.

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                      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 16 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • On 240/120V-3P-4W systems, the current requirement is that Phase B is the high leg. Should be allowed to select Phase C as the high leg.

                        On 240/120V-3P-4W systems, the current requirement is that Phase B is the high leg. Should be allowed to select Phase C as the high leg. Should allow 3-pole breaker to start on any phase, should allow 2-pole breaker on any phase. Must prohibit 1-pole breaker on the high leg.

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                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Representing Different Floors on Parallel Backgrounds

                          A common practice, at least within my own company, is to represent different floors in parallel background drawings separated by an arbitrary and regular distance. It would be helpful for creating drawings if Design Master automatically added to these parallel drawings when a pipe would transfer from one floor to another. For example when a pipe from the first floor goes to the second floor in a vertical pipe it would be useful if Design Master showed the pipe going up on the first floor and coming up on the second floor automatically. These two entities would have to be…

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                            2 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Overhaul One-Line Diagrams to populate themselves

                              It would be very helpful if you there was a system in design master to automatically draft/populate a One-Line/Riser/other Diagram in model space based on what panels, switchboards, transformers, wireways etc. have been defined in the database itself.

                              The most preferred way to do this is if Design Master would create the Diagram based on templates, or a customized template that we could edit ourselves which would instruct Design Master how to draft the diagram (where to place devices in relation to eachother, size of panels/busses, what information about those devices you want displayed, whether you want wire callouts visible…

                              62 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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!

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Different Piping Labels on Isometrics vs. 2-D Models

                                  On isometric drawings it is some times useful or required to include different labels than are present on the 2-D models. Adding an option to have different labels on each would be simpler than the current fix which is to print off all of the drawings which require on type of labeling then change the labeling options and print all of the drawings which require the other.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Room Peak Load Map

                                    It could be useful if there was a Load Calculation Map which indicated when a room peaked in cooling. Perhaps two maps, time of day and which month. It may be useful when determining the zoning.

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                                    • 3 votes
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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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Inform Of Connected Load On A Switch

                                          When connecting loads on a switch, a tally of the load in amps should be available as a guide so as not to overload a switch. For example a dimming switch rated at 800W should not exceed 6.7A at 120V, otherwise the switch is overloaded and may fail.

                                          25 votes
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