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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 a panel based demand factor for devices

    Under Design Master Electrical Options=>Miscellaneous=>Custom Load Type=>Calculation Method, add a fourth option which is call “Panel Based” which would still have a default demand factor. Then when we go in to circuit a device with that demand factor name we will circuit it to the default demand. However, as we move up to upstream panels and see that device circuited already, we can change the demand factor in the circuit panel which is typically dimmed. This will solve the problem we have of dealing with Trailer parks, docks, Ranges, Dryers, and other devices that have different demands as you move…

    7 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • Default Lighting and Fault Current Schedules

      Give us the ability to set default styles/values for fault current and lighting fixture schedules so we don't have to recreate them for every project.

      6 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • 7 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
        • 23 votes
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            6 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
          • Copy Room

            Be able to copy a room already inserted on the drawing.

            24 votes
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              0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
            • Residential and Other Electrical Load Types

              Account for the rest of the load types in NEC 220 Part II, Part III, and Part IV that are currently ignored.

              Load types that will be included:

              Existing loads that can be specified for each panel (NEC 220.87).

              Cooling loads. The panel load calculation will use the larger of the heating and cooling loads.

              58 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • We need an easy way to deal with multiple identical panels

                We need an easy way to deal with multiple identical electrical panels

                35 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                • Be able to change a one-line device block

                  Be able to take a block that I already inserted into my one-line and then change the actual block without re-inserting it.

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide automatic sizing of breakers for motors & transformers

                    The breaker for motors & transformers need to be manually selected. A default suggestion for the motor hp and transformer kva would save time.

                    34 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                      Equipment breakers are sized automatically in DM Electrical 8.0 using MCA and MOCP. You can also assign specific breaker and wire sizes for equipment in the equipment dialog, not the circuiting dialog.

                      Transformer breaker sizes are currently set automatically when you change the kVA or voltage. In DM Electrical 8.1, we are adding a “Size to match kVA” option to the transformer OCP selection to make it more obvious this is happening.

                      I think this covers the features in this request. If not, let me know.

                    • Add twin breakers (2 circuits per space) to panel

                      I often find twin or tandem breakers in existing panels. There is no way to circuit them now.

                      47 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Have Pipes Arrows Point in Flow Direction

                        Have the option to specify which way pipes flow (toward fixtures or away) and have the arrows on the pipe drawn to match.

                        5 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
                        • Reverse Arrowheads on Return Ducts

                          Make it so that arrowheads point in the direction of airflow in ducts.

                          8 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                          • Set Pipe Linetype by Layer System

                            Allow each layer system for a pipe type to have a different linetype. In particular, demo pipes need to have a different linetype from new and existing pipes.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
                            • Minimum Duct Size

                              Specify a minimum size for ductwork when automatically sized.

                              16 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                              • Groups for Light Fixtures, Receptacles, Diffusers, and Other Stuff

                                Be able to create different groups for light fixtures, receptacles, and diffusers, similar to equipment and low voltage devices. Have different schedules for each different group.

                                Also groups for one-line devices, including panels, switchboards, transformers, and all the other types of devices.

                                20 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                • Hatched or Shaded Ductwork

                                  Add an option to automatically draw a hatch over the ductwork in 2D. Have the hatch be controlled by the type of duct (return vs supply) and layer system (new vs existing).

                                  38 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                  • 45 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
                                    • Transformer and Other One-Line Device Schedule

                                      Create a schedule like the light fixture or equipment schedule that lists all of the transformers, panels, or other one-line devices in a project.

                                      19 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Join Broken Circuit Command

                                        Create a command that would "unbreak" a circuit that was broken.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                        • Odd Duct Sizes

                                          Add an option to size ducts to odd sizes for certain small ducts (5", 7", 9").

                                          5 votes
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