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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. Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

    Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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    • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

      I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

      6 votes
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      • Single-phase load on three-phase equipment

        Add a way to include a single-phase load on three-phase equipment. One common use for this is VAV boxes with 3-phase heaters and 1-phase motors, all with a single electrical connection.

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        • Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

          Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

          One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

          3 votes
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          • Convert panel schedules to tables

            Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

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            • Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

              I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

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              • Equipment circuit label should be near the equipment symbol--not the equipment label.

                We often turn off printing of equipment label/leader, and use a keynote number with arrow instead. But we have to move the circuit to the equipment symbol, because it ends up under the equipment label (which we are not printing).

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                • Query Low Voltage Device

                  Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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                  • Automatically Add "ON" prefix to homerun labels for which a homerun already exists.

                    It is customary for circuits that are shared on opposite ends of a building or from one floor to the next to be identifed with multiple homerun symbols, with all but one of those homeruns labeled with "ON <Panel-Ckt>" rather than connecting with a loop. Currently, to do this, the homerun text itself must be modified, and this rarely works well because that text reverts back to the default <Panel-Ckt> text each time the circuits are updated.

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                    • 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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                      • Low-Voltage lighting systems - Transformers and light fixtures for 12 Volt and 24 Volt systems.

                        Make possible not only the easy DM insertion of these devices onto the lighting plan but also the ability to account for these in the panel schedule and load calculations.

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                        • Add horsepower of individual loads on mcc schedules

                          The MCC schedule doesn't have the ability to show horsepower values for the individual loads. This is important information for the MCC vendor for breaker and overload sizing.

                          20 votes
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                          • Populate MCC Information Based upon Equipment

                            The motor control center schedule includes several fields that could be populated from the information entered into the equipment connection devices. These include:

                            Disconnect fuse size
                            Starter NEMA size
                            Starter type (ie, starter description)

                            However, these fields do not populate automatically when the equipment connection devices are circuited to the motor control center. Is there a way to make the motor control center fields automatically pick this information from the equipment connection devices when they are circuited to a motor control center? Is there a way to override automatically populating the starter information into the motor control center when the…

                            14 votes
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                            • Convert existing plines into a room, or photometric area calculation boundary

                              I would like to be able to select an architect's or HVAC designer's room boundary pline to use for photometric calculations as opposed to having to redraw it. This would also come in handy for defining rooms, as well as egress lighting.

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                              • Demolition Layer Devices

                                I do not feel that the schedules should show counts for devices like receptacles and computer outlets that are on a demolition layer.

                                9 votes
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                                • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

                                  Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Current Limiting Panel

                                    For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Apply demand factors to loads by phase on panels

                                      NEC demand factors currently are calculated for the whole panel, not for each individual phase. It is possible to load one phase with a load type that has a demand factor (such as a kitchen load) and the other phases with load types that do not (such as continuous). The total load on the panel should account for these differences in demand factors by phase.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Plumbing and Piping Fixtures

                                        Be able to create plumbing and piping fixtures, similar to light fixture or receptacles in DM Electrical or diffusers in DM HVAC.

                                        13 votes
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                                        • Use correct fittings

                                          The pressure drop calcs indicate the wrong fitting types in some cases. For example, a fitting that begins with "SD" stands for "Supply/Diameter" and "SR" stands for "Supply/Rectangular", etc. If you have a duct system that is all rectangular, there should not be any SD fittings indicated. Likewise for round systems, there should not be any SR fittings indicated.

                                          3 votes
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