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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. Improve combined homeruns

    Be able to combine homeruns with different wire sizes.

    Be able to combine homeruns from separate panels.

    Be able to display a full wire callout for combined circuit homeruns, including calculating the conduit size required for all the wires.

    28 votes
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      medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Subfeed breakers

      Add specific support for subfeed breakers.

      Be able to set the number of subfeed breakers on a panel (similar to how the number of poles is currently set on a panel).

      Have the panel schedule update to document which breakers are subfeed. We likely would add a separator block between the branch circuit and subfeed breakers that you could customize. The default block would have a line across the schedule plus some text indicating branch circuit breakers above and subfeed below. You could then modify that as desired for your documentation purposes.

      34 votes
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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Backfeed Breakers

        Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

        3 votes
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          medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Define fixed load by phase

          When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

          2 votes
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            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

            When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

            6 votes
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              medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Update impedances based upon conduit material

              Be able to automatically update the impedance in a wire based upon the conduit material type.

              Currently you have to create a separate wire configuration for each conduit material type.

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                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Outdoor point-by-point calculations

                Add outdoor point-by-point calculations for parking lot lighting.

                12 votes
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                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Equipment in takeoffs

                  Display equipment information in takeoffs. (Currently the equipment blocks are graphical only, mainly for 3D drafting).

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                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • System capacity for mechanical equipment

                    It would be great if when entering the equipment you could enter system capacity; then when running the load calc, similarly to what DM offers for CFM, you could have Current BTUs and Required BTUs. This could be per zone.

                    6 votes
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                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

                      DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

                      14 votes
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                        medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

                        Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

                          Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

                          For example, if you have a circuit like this:

                          <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

                          It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

                          P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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                            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

                            For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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                              medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

                              Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

                              5 votes
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                                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Transfer Grilles for Air Balance Report

                                Add a transfer grille option for return air so that you can use the balance report function on projects which use transfer grilles.

                                22 votes
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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Recurring Low Voltage Panel

                                  Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

                                  2 votes
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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Remove pipe label from specific pipes

                                    Be able to remove text from specific pipes so that not every little branch and section has a label.

                                    6 votes
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                                      medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

                                      Be able to enable or disable the wire callout on a homerun on a circuit-by-circuit basis.

                                      3 votes
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                                        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Change breaker size in Panel Schedule based on Revit family parameter

                                        Change breaker size in Panel Schedule based on Revit family type parameter.

                                        33 votes
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                                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Swap circuits in Revit

                                          Be able to swap circuits in Revit like you can using the "Move Circuit" command in DM Electrical for AutoCAD.

                                          9 votes
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                                            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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