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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. Find Unlooped Devices

    A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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    • Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

      Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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      • Selective Coordination

        Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

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        • Set room boundaries to also be light-obstructing rectangles for photometric analysis

          It duplicates work to trace the boundaries of all rooms for energy analysis and circuit naming, then have to trace all the rooms again for photometric analysis. This would likely require the addition of a 'door' object to define places where light-obstructing boundaries would be ignored

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          • Remember Zone Tree Settings

            Remember which zones are opened and closed in the zone tree dialog box when you open and close it.

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            • Error Checking

              Provide a simple error checking routine that will look at panel loads and compare them to wire sizes and ratings of upstream breakers. This could be a simple table like voltage drop and fault currents where out of range values are shown in a different font type.

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              • Define data base location in directory other than project directory.

                Give us the ability to specify directory location for the project data base rather than being forced to have the data base in the project directory. In a multi-tenant project if each tenant space is in a separate sub-directory you have to copy the building master data base to each sub-directory in order to work on that space. It is difficult to keep track of which tenant space has the most up to date project data base. In an earlier version of Designmaster, we had the ability to look for the data base in a directory above the specific project…

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                • Use Branch Circuit as Main Breaker for Panel

                  need a way for a branch breaker to serve as the main in a panelboard and allow it to connect on the oneline

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                  • More MCC Stater Sizes

                    Is it possible to modify the list of standard starter sizes to include VFD, Soft Switch, etc? Or even to choose 'None' and just type it in the Description field?

                    I've used the ddedit command on the MCC schedule inserted into the drawing to manually modify it, but if anybody does a coordination this will be lost.

                    3 votes
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                      • 2 votes
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                        • Handle LED Lighting Better

                          Calculate the load based upon the length and the remote transformers.

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                          • 10 votes
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                            • Minimum panel clearance width

                              For panels smaller than 30" width, increase the panel clearance width to 30" automatically.

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                              • Insert pipe symbols on ends of vertical pipes in isometric

                                These pipe symbols would be used to represent clean outs, floor drains, and other things like that.

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                                • Support feeder calcs for track lighting

                                  See NEC 220.43(B). The connected load for the branch circuit is the sum of the wattage of the connected light fixtures. The demand load is an additional 150VA per foot. I would like a place to enter the number of feet of track on a branch circuit so the demand load is calculated correctly in the load summary. We currently accomplish this through a 'Variable Caclulated Load', but it might be more intuitive if there is a 'Length Variable Demand' option. Thank you.

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                                  • Variable Pressure Drop for Diffusers

                                    Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop for every scenario over inflates the pressure calcs. This is very important for low-pressure systems with low static terminal units such as ducted VRF and Fan Coil Units that max out at .25". Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop of say, .1" for air devices make it difficult to design low static systems accurately.

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                                      • Multiple Switch Legs on a Single Switch

                                        Allow a single switch to have multiple switch legs associated with it. Currently we require a separate switch for each switch leg.

                                        26 votes
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                                        • The ability to easily copy all pipes including risers to other drawings.

                                          Would be great to be able to copy all piping, including risers to other drawings. Even if you had the option to change risers to pipe I think it would be helpful and save time from having to chase down and draw all the risers a second time.

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