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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. Exterior lining dimensions on plans

    Provide option to show the dimensions for the exterior lining on the duct work.

    12 votes
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    • Provide 'hot keys' for pop up dialog box.

      Provide 'hot keys' for pop up dialog box.

      Example: On the Duct Calculations box you could use the following.
      C for Calculate CFM
      D for Calculate CFM and Size Ducts
      P for Calculate CFM, Size Ducts, and Calculate Pressure

      3 votes
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      • Provide a demolition layer system for DM HVAC

        Provide a 'demolition' layer system option in addition to the 'new' & 'existing' layer options.

        3 votes
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        • SET TITLE COLUMN LABLES ORDER IN GRILLE SCHEDULE

          Make it so that in the master configuration a user can preset which columns and labels they would like and in the order in which they are displayed. That way they are preset every time and would have save time setting up from project to project

          3 votes
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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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.

                3 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                • 16 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  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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                      • 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 →
                        • 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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                          • Not Include Flex Duct in IFC File

                            Include an option to not include flex duct in the IFC file when exported for 3D collision detection.

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                            • 5 votes
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                              • Negative Equipment Loads for Open Cases in Grocery Stores

                                Grocery stores include open refrigeration cases. These loads need to be subtracted from the cooling load and added to the heating load. Using a negative equipment load works for the cooling load, but not the heating load.

                                Make it so that a negative equipment load is added to the heating load.

                                10 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                • Make a Zone Map Similar to the Load Maps

                                  Make a color shaded zone map simlar to load map.

                                  14 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                  • Different Connection Options for Different Types of Diffusers

                                    Have the "Diffuser Connection Settings" be able to be set based upon airflow type. For example, supply ducts always connect with flexible and return ducts connect with hard.

                                    2 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                    • Pressure Labels on Ductwork

                                      Add a button to label the pressure drop for a run of duct (the "Pressure Drop in this Section" value from the the "Query Duct" window). We use DM HVAC to do a lot of existing ductwork analysis for energy audits, etc., and we could really use a function that shows us how much pressure drop each section of the ductwork has, and the pressure drop for each fitting, in much the same format as the ductwork size labels currently appear.

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                                      • Turn Off Individual Diffuser Tags

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

                                        6 votes
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                                        • HVAC Material Takeoff

                                          Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

                                          We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

                                          21 votes
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