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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. Separate level for motors and equipment rather than the same as receptacles

    At times there is not enough room on the particular view to have both receptacles and the AC equipment. I have started changing the equipment to new "Equip" layer.

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    • Upsize Ground Wire Automatically

      When upsizing conductors for voltage drop, automatically upsize the ground wire too based upon the increase in wire area.

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        2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • Voltage Drop at Panels on One-Line Diagram

        With all the other information that can be inserted into the One-line diagram (feeder size & length, etc.) it would be helpful to also add Voltage Drop percentage for each feeder as well. For longer feeders this is required and it would make it much easier to see the big picture if it was all in one place rather than possibly spread out over several sheets for larger jobs.

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        • IECC Calculation

          It would be nice to be able to incorporate the IECC forms for the lighting in DM

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            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Default one-line labels for dynamically sized one-line blocks

            By default, creating a one-line diagram generates panel blocks with dynamically sized width to accommodate the number of outgoing connections. This is because the default riser block for panels is set to <Custom Panel Box with Bus>. As a result, a panel that feeds three other panels will have a one-line block three times as wide as a panel which feeds only one panel.

            If a user wants to generate one-line diagrams which include a default set of labels, they first have to create a one-line block containing the desired labels from entities in the drawing. However, when the user…

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            • One-Line Diagram: Fixed feeder IDs

              Be able to have fixed feeder IDs in a project. Two possible uses:

              1. When a new feeder is added, it won't change the IDs on all the other feeders. Not a problem during early design, but it is a problem when the drawings are under change control. Having to bubble all of the feeder IDs makes it look like a bigger change than it actually is.

              2. Be able to have consistent ID names across projects. A specific feeder configuration would have a common name, making it easier to read plans for different projects.

              Also be able to have…

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              • 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  ·  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  ·  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  ·  Admin →
                    • CUSTOM CIRCUIT DESCRIPTIONS

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

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                        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  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  ·  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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                          • 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  ·  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  ·  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!

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                                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • 3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Remove electrical equipment tag.

                                    I would like to be able to remove electrical equipment tags. Sometimes the plan is too crowded for the tags. In that case, a person could follow the circuit number to the panelboard schedule to see what something is.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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  ·  Admin →
                                      • Batch Device Query

                                        Query multiple receptacles, light fixtures, low voltage devices and equipment at the same time, being able to edit properties of all selected.

                                        This would be useful for adding a special subscript note, or adding a custom load to a group of devices.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                          In the current release, the “Edit Multiple” commands can be used for this purpose. There is a separate command for each type of device.

                                          In the next release, we’ve upgraded the command to better list the values in the selected devices.

                                        • 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…

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