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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. 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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      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • Remove callouts from equipment connections

        Be able to remove a callout from a single piece of equipment on the drawing.

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          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
        • Designmaster Electrical would run on Bricscad

          Thinking about Switching to Bricscad, would like for Design Master to support

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            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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              1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • Merge Circuits

              Add the option to merge two circuits together.

              One of the circuits would end up as a space with nothing connected to it, no fixed loads, and no locked breaker or wire sizes.

              The other would have all of the devices that were originally connected to the two devices, the sum of the fixed loads from the two circuits, and all the fixed breaker and wire sizes from the two circuits.

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                1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Add sub-script option to Low-Voltage Devices

                Add the subscript option to Low-Voltage Devices.

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                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                • Use actual room CFM from diffusers rather than calculated for ventilation calculation

                  We are having issues with permits using the ASHRAE Ventilation calculation because DM is using the calculated CFMs instead of actual CFMs on plans. We are having to tweak all the load inputs and use minimum air flows to spit out correct CFMs in ventilation calculation. The loads have actual loads print out, so maybe this is an easy fix.

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                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                  • Link room numbers with panel schedules

                    Use the 'Room Number' field to specify where loads are located in the panel schedules. The 'Description' field in the panel would automatically be filled with the description linked to the load, then the room numbers. i.e. RECEPTACLE 105, 108, 110, 100 or LIGHTING 209, 210, 211, 212.

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                      3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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                        3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • 3 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Highlight Locked Duct Sizes

                          We often need to lock a duct size or sizes for various reasons. After creating large sprawling duct systems, it is difficult to track these locked ducts so that we can check them when airflows change and resize them if necessary.

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                            0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                          • Equipment Loads

                            It would be convenient when creating equipment to enter loads using amps and let DM calculate the corresponding KVA value. Often manufacturers data includes only amperes at a given voltage and KVA must be manually calculated.

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                              1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                            • Separate hangers on their own layer for BIM modeling.

                              Need to print various trades by color for coordination drawings. I think the hangers would be more legible if they could be a different color.

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                                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                              • Copy IES files to project folder

                                When an IES file is assigned to a light fixture, I would like DM to copy the IES file into the project directory. If the original IES file is moved, the project is unaffected.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Arc Flash Calculation

                                  Add arc flash calculations to Design Master Electrical.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Light Fixture Watts

                                    Include watts as a field in light fixtures. VA is used for panel schedules and load calculations. Watts is needed for energy calculations.

                                    9 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • I wish REVIT MEP would do half the things you guys do!

                                        I wish REVIT MEP would do half the things you guys do! Have you talked Autodesk about a joint merger or something. REVIT is what were using but it doesn't do a laundry list of things. Auto-populating panels with correct breaker sizes and wires based upon NEC and company standards. Doesn't computer AIC/Fault based upon the criteria needed. Won't let me choose what circuit I want to use. On and on! I talk to the guys around here everyday and the $840 yr compared to $5000 is kicking REVIT's Butt! Please go teach them how we Engineers and Designers really…

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                                          5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                        • Export Lighting to ComCheck

                                          Be able to export lighting information to ComCheck for energy code compliance purposes.

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                                            4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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