Add arc flash calculations to Design Master Electrical.4 votes
Completed for DM Electrical 8.2.
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
This was added as part of our COMCheck export in DM Electrical 8.3.
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 use this kind of software. I don't know any other way to put this, I pray for the day you guys teach REVIT MEP how to do it right.
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…5 votes
Be careful when you say “never”, right? Turns out, we did end up implementing an add-in for Revit MEP. I’m not sure it’s quite half what our AutoCAD software can do, but it is a start.
You can learn about the add-in here:
You can make suggestions for other improvements here:
This will be included in DM HVAC 7.2.
Be able to export lighting information to ComCheck for energy code compliance purposes.65 votes
This is completed for DM Electrical 8.3. Thank you for everyone who replied to my emails and sent sample projects.
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
This will be included in Design Master HVAC 7.1.
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
We added an option to DM Electrical 8.2 for feeders shorter than a certain length to not add the additional feeder length.
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.0 votes
This feature is included in Design Master Electrical 8.4.
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:
This was added in a previous release. In Options, go to “Homeruns and Loops→Homerun wire callouts and tick marks” and set it to “Tick marks for all homeruns”.
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
Edit multiple for most devices was added in DM Electrical 8.3. Edit multiple for panels will be added in DM Electrical 8.4.
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
Finished for DM Electrical 8.2. See comments for more info.
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.1 vote
Added for DM Electrical 8.2. Includes options for kVA, VA, or amps.
With the price of copper so high we use aluminum wire for feeders on jobs that are over budget.3 votes
This is currently possible in DM Electrical 7.3.5, it is just a matter of having the right wire sizing options defined in your customization. See this support blog post for more info on loading the aluminum table we entered if you don’t have it:
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
This will be included in Design Master Electrical 8.4.
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 table5 votes
This will be included in DM Electrical 8.2.
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
All schedules have a “Notes” field that is inserted below them that can be used for this purpose. The default note can be set up in the standards database.
Make a color shaded zone map simlar to load map.14 votes
This is completed for DM HVAC 7.2.
When importing items from the master schedule to the project schedule using the "Import from Master Schedule" button, allow multiple items to be selected and imported at once. (Currently you are limited to importing one item or all of the items.)5 votes
This will be included in DM Electrical 8.2, DM HVAC 7.2, and DM Plumbing 3.2.
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
This is completed for DM HVAC 7.3.
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.1 vote
The new pressure drop schedule in DM HVAC 7 should satisfy this request.
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