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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. 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

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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 →
        • Import Multiple Items from Master Schedule

          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.)

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            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
          • Different Connection Options for Different Types of Diffusers

            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.

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              0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
            • Pressure Labels on Ductwork

              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.

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                0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
              • Universal update button

                This button would update all schedules, panels and one lines with one click. Currently going through each schedule option and then during review only finding out you missed one is agonizing. Update drawing and database does NOT do this.

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                  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                • Print Panel Schedules to Place Inside Panels

                  Add a command to print panel schedules that can be placed inside panels. The panel schedule will have options to include some basic information in the header, and then list each circuit and the load description.

                  The width of the panel schedule will be variable to accommodate the various size sleeves that panels come with.

                  52 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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                      1 comment  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
                    • Change Fixture Tags as a part of "Edit Multiple Fixtures".

                      When "Editing Multiple Fixtures", the fixture in the database is changed, but the fixture tag is not changed in the drawing. It would be good for this to change automatically, similar to the attributes of "edit multiple receptacles" so that each fixture tag does not have to be edited manually.

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Turn Off Individual Diffuser Tags

                        Be able to turn diffuser tags on and off for specific diffusers.

                        6 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                        • High Voltage Motors

                          Add higher voltage ranges for equipment and power distribution equipment. Allow us to utilize a 4160v option for larger motors on projects that have very large motors.

                          6 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • HVAC Material Takeoff

                            Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

                            We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

                            21 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                            • Place Panel Lug or Main OPD, the Panel Outline in One-Line Diagram

                              Also when a panel/switch board is inserted we currently draw the outline of the panel and the lug and/or main OPD is placed automatically. We would like to place the lug and/or OPD first so it is easier to line up devices.

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                                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                              • Show Panels without Lugs on One-Line Diagram

                                When drawing a panel with a main breaker it shows a lug and a breaker. This causes confusion with the people we have looking at the drawings. We would prefer not to see the lug symbol so there is no confusion between panels with main lug and main breakers.

                                15 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • Duct elevation tags

                                  Add duct top and bottom elevation tags based on the duct elevation and height. Tag would be turned on/off like duct size labels.

                                  19 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                  • Set Maximum Schedule Height

                                    Set a maximum height for schedules. If the schedule exceeds that height, it will continue with the schedule in the space to the right of the schedule.

                                    11 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                    • Set CFM Total for a Zone

                                      Set the total CFM value for a zone. This value will be distributed to the rooms based upon the relative calculated CFM values.

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                                        0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                      • Equipment Connections with Shared Definitions

                                        Create a way to schedule equipment similar to light fixtures or receptacles so that you have multiple instances of one type of equipment. Often a piece of equipment appears multiple times in a project. This feature will make it easier to update when the definition of the equipment changes.

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                          We implemented what we hope covers the spirit of this request in DM Electrical 8.3. Rather than make shared definitions, we decided to make it possible (and easy) to change multiple pieces of equipment at once. Using the “Edit Multiple Equipment” command, you can select all the similar equipment and make changes to all of it at once.

                                        • Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

                                          Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

                                          23 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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