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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. Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

    Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

    Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

    70 votes
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      7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • High Voltage Motors

      Add higher voltage ranges for equipment and power distribution equipment. Allow us to utilize a 4160v option for larger motors on projects that have very large motors.

      6 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • Turn Off Individual Diffuser Tags

        Be able to turn diffuser tags on and off for specific diffusers.

        6 votes
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          0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
        • Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

          Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

          23 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Residential and Other Electrical Load Types

            Account for the rest of the load types in NEC 220 Part II, Part III, and Part IV that are currently ignored.

            Load types that will be included:

            Existing loads that can be specified for each panel (NEC 220.87).

            Cooling loads. The panel load calculation will use the larger of the heating and cooling loads.

            58 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • Add twin breakers (2 circuits per space) to panel

              I often find twin or tandem breakers in existing panels. There is no way to circuit them now.

              47 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Set Maximum Schedule Height

                Set a maximum height for schedules. If the schedule exceeds that height, it will continue with the schedule in the space to the right of the schedule.

                11 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                • 23 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                  • Multiple Homeruns on a Circuit

                    Be able to draw multiple homeruns on a circuit, rather than the one that you are currently limited to.

                    40 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                    • Duct elevation tags

                      Add duct top and bottom elevation tags based on the duct elevation and height. Tag would be turned on/off like duct size labels.

                      19 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        3 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • add a panel based demand factor for devices

                          Under Design Master Electrical Options=>Miscellaneous=>Custom Load Type=>Calculation Method, add a fourth option which is call “Panel Based” which would still have a default demand factor. Then when we go in to circuit a device with that demand factor name we will circuit it to the default demand. However, as we move up to upstream panels and see that device circuited already, we can change the demand factor in the circuit panel which is typically dimmed. This will solve the problem we have of dealing with Trailer parks, docks, Ranges, Dryers, and other devices that have different demands as you move…

                          7 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide automatic sizing of breakers for motors & transformers

                            The breaker for motors & transformers need to be manually selected. A default suggestion for the motor hp and transformer kva would save time.

                            34 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                              Equipment breakers are sized automatically in DM Electrical 8.0 using MCA and MOCP. You can also assign specific breaker and wire sizes for equipment in the equipment dialog, not the circuiting dialog.

                              Transformer breaker sizes are currently set automatically when you change the kVA or voltage. In DM Electrical 8.1, we are adding a “Size to match kVA” option to the transformer OCP selection to make it more obvious this is happening.

                              I think this covers the features in this request. If not, let me know.

                            • Add Dual Voltage and Universal Ballast Light Fixtures

                              Allow light fixtures to have multiple voltages, such as 120V and 277V, or have a universal ballast that can be used with any voltage.

                              38 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                This feature is finished for DM Electrical 8.1. See the comments for a description of how the feature will work.

                                Thanks for voting for this feature—I would not have guessed it would be so popular. All your votes should be returned to you now. Let us know what else you would like to see added to the software.

                              • We need an easy way to deal with multiple identical panels

                                We need an easy way to deal with multiple identical electrical panels

                                35 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Show Panels without Lugs on One-Line Diagram

                                  When drawing a panel with a main breaker it shows a lug and a breaker. This causes confusion with the people we have looking at the drawings. We would prefer not to see the lug symbol so there is no confusion between panels with main lug and main breakers.

                                  15 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Default Lighting and Fault Current Schedules

                                    Give us the ability to set default styles/values for fault current and lighting fixture schedules so we don't have to recreate them for every project.

                                    6 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • 45 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
                                      • Groups for Light Fixtures, Receptacles, Diffusers, and Other Stuff

                                        Be able to create different groups for light fixtures, receptacles, and diffusers, similar to equipment and low voltage devices. Have different schedules for each different group.

                                        Also groups for one-line devices, including panels, switchboards, transformers, and all the other types of devices.

                                        20 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                        • Hatched or Shaded Ductwork

                                          Add an option to automatically draw a hatch over the ductwork in 2D. Have the hatch be controlled by the type of duct (return vs supply) and layer system (new vs existing).

                                          38 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
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