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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. Device subscripts on schedules

    When an electrical device is created that always has a subscript(i.e. G subscript for ground fault receptacle) that subscript is not inserted with the device in the symbol column of the schedule. We have to add text to the symbol in the schedule to note the different types of receptacles. If the schedule changes the text needs to be manually updated. An option to include the subscript with the symbol would be helpful.

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      3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve Duct Break Graphics

      Omit the line that appears on only one side of a transparent duct section. Simply make the duct section transparent and allow the user to insert symbols as desired.

      7 votes
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        0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

        Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

        Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

        70 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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…

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            2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 7 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 23 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Copy Room

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

                  24 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Minimum Duct Size

                                    Specify a minimum size for ductwork when automatically sized.

                                    16 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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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                                          2 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 45 votes
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