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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. Maintain Tick Marks

    After circuits are inserted or circuit is modified in some way, the tick marks that were placed on multipole homerun circuits disappear and have to be re-inserted. It would be helpful for those tick marks to remain upon completion of circuit changes.

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      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • Merge or Combine Circuit

      Take two circuits, both with devices connected to them, and combine them. All the devices will be on one of the circuits, and the other circuit will be left a space.

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        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
        • Arc Flash Calculation

          Add arc flash calculations to Design Master Electrical.

          4 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Light Fixture Watts

            Include watts as a field in light fixtures. VA is used for panel schedules and load calculations. Watts is needed for energy calculations.

            9 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • I wish REVIT MEP would do half the things you guys do!

              I wish REVIT MEP would do half the things you guys do! Have you talked Autodesk about a joint merger or something. REVIT is what were using but it doesn't do a laundry list of things. Auto-populating panels with correct breaker sizes and wires based upon NEC and company standards. Doesn't computer AIC/Fault based upon the criteria needed. Won't let me choose what circuit I want to use. On and on! I talk to the guys around here everyday and the $840 yr compared to $5000 is kicking REVIT's Butt! Please go teach them how we Engineers and Designers really…

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                5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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                  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                • Export Lighting to ComCheck

                  Be able to export lighting information to ComCheck for energy code compliance purposes.

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                    4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • Smarter feeder lengths from plan view blocks

                      Currently, when two plan view blocks, for example a panel and subpanel, are very close (say 1 foot apart), the feeder length may be as much as 16 feet. Electricians often ask if they need to add extra length to meet short ckt calc. Of course, one can manually adjust the length in the panel definition, but one should not have to. It should be assumed that this will be a nipple 1 foot long - not run under ground and back up. DM adds 10 feet to each feeder.

                      2 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Remove Feeder Line Between Devices in One-Line Diagram

                        Include an option to not draw a feeder line between devices on the one-line diagram. This would be useful when drawing the connections between devices and bus gutters.

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                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Display tick marks for #10 wires

                          Display tick marks instead of wire callouts on all homeruns in a projects (not just for wires that are #12).

                          Make it so that P-7 (the Yes column & No row) in this image gets tick marks:
                          http://www.designmaster.biz/support/blog/2010/08/homerun-wire-callout-and-tick-mark-options/

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Edit multiple equipment/panels/devices

                            This would be helpful when changing the voltage of a group of lights or panels on a project. It would also be helpful when adding a standard note to the bottom of all of the panels. It would be nice not to have to change the note, click next, change the note, click next.. etc.

                            16 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                            • Photometrics becoming bigger and better

                              Its a great and amazing feature to be able to do photo metrics right in AutoCAD. Along the same lines of how great DM works in AutoCAD. But if there was a way to make it work more precise and user friendly. Be able to implement some of the same features of Visual and AGI would be amazing. Making it your one shop stop do doing photo calcs etc. One thing that would be great to is if it could utilize the IES files and auto populate some of the light fixture specs.

                              21 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                              • Choosing VA instead of KVA (Panelboard Schedules)

                                You've seen our panelboard schedules and it would be great to have the same options we show on ours to be able to show on the customized blocks in DM. Being able to display total VA of Left & Right phase and then total (Sum of both Left and Right in VA). Connected load total in VA. Being able to display Project name on Panel schedule. I love some of the options we don't show that I can include. So please keep what you have to add some more attributes.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Aluminum Wire Option

                                  With the price of copper so high we use aluminum wire for feeders on jobs that are over budget.

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONELINE DEVICE LABELS" for all devices.

                                    Add the ability to customize the "EDIT ONE-LINE DEVICE LABELS" for all each type of one-line device. When inserting devices into the one-line we need to add the same prefix and suffix to each device. As an example we add prefix CONNECTED and suffix KVA to each panel to show the connected KVA.

                                    6 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add tag to feeder schedules

                                      by using tags on feeder schedules, you tie your predefined feeders into your one line and eliminate the busy appearance of long string of text for wire/conduit sizes on the one line. If done in the wire sizing tables it would allow common feeder combinations to be built one time and put into a feeder schedule table

                                      5 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a char

                                        Add footnotes at the bottom of schedules, to allow common notes to be listed/identified with a character in the notes section. This would save typing the same notes every time and shorten the space required for them. The same idea could work for mech equipment.

                                        7 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  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 →
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