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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. Duct and pipe demolition

    Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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    • Equipment Schedules

      Allow for equipment schedules to be created by use, such as chiller, air handlers, pumps, etc. The schedule would be populated with equipment that is drawn by DM equipment command

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      • Equipment Database

        Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

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        • Better default panel clearances

          Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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          • Adjust Feeders and branch circuit sizing based on derating

            Adjust the wire size of feeders and branch circuits based on derating. This calculation needs to account for Ambient Temperature Correction Factors, Adjustment Factors and conduits on a roof (even though NEC 2017 eliminated this one). For example, there is an option in DME RT feeder sizing that asks about a double neutral. If we are acknowledging we need a double neutral, it should be understood the neutral is a current carrying conductor and should adjust the wire size and conduit size per the NEC.

            5 votes
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            • Label homeruns with feeder IDs

              Label homeruns using feeder IDs like those used in the one-line diagram instead of full text wire callouts.

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              • Show schedule notes on last column when schedule is split

                Currently if a schedule has a "Maximum Schedule Height" set the schedule notes are placed at the bottom of the first column. It would be better to place them at the bottom of the last column (or at least have an option to place them there) since the last column is often shorter than the others.

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                • Ability to measure wire

                  I am a design build Engineer/Contractor and would like to be able to get takeoff data.

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                  • Voltage Drop Based upon Connected or Other Load

                    Be able to specify that the voltage drop on a feeder should be based upon the connected or other load, rather than the calculated load.

                    One example of a use for this feature is a piece of equipment that serves a single motor. You want the voltage drop for the connected load of the motor, rather than the calculate load, which will be 125% of the motor load.

                    10 votes
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                    • On a one-line diagram, a vertical bus panel should have horizontal branch breakers--NOT vertical!

                      When you generate a one-line diagram, if you have panels that have a vertical bus, their branch breakers end up at the bottom of the bus and are vertical. The look like main breakers--not branch breakers. A work around for this is for every vertical bus panel, generate a riser diagram starting with that panel. Even this work around is not perfect, as you have to resize the vertical bus and fiddle with the branch breaker.

                      6 votes
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                      • Assign Layer System in AutoCAD based upon Phase in Revit

                        When exporting the one-line diagram from Revit to AutoCAD, assign the layer system used in AutoCAD to match the phase in Revit.

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                        • Improve combined homeruns

                          Be able to combine homeruns with different wire sizes.

                          Be able to combine homeruns from separate panels.

                          Be able to display a full wire callout for combined circuit homeruns, including calculating the conduit size required for all the wires.

                          28 votes
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                          • Subfeed breakers

                            Add specific support for subfeed breakers.

                            Be able to set the number of subfeed breakers on a panel (similar to how the number of poles is currently set on a panel).

                            Have the panel schedule update to document which breakers are subfeed. We likely would add a separator block between the branch circuit and subfeed breakers that you could customize. The default block would have a line across the schedule plus some text indicating branch circuit breakers above and subfeed below. You could then modify that as desired for your documentation purposes.

                            30 votes
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                            • Backfeed Breakers

                              Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

                              3 votes
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                              • Define fixed load by phase

                                When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

                                2 votes
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                                • Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

                                  When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Update impedances based upon conduit material

                                    Be able to automatically update the impedance in a wire based upon the conduit material type.

                                    Currently you have to create a separate wire configuration for each conduit material type.

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                                    • Outdoor point-by-point calculations

                                      Add outdoor point-by-point calculations for parking lot lighting.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • Equipment in takeoffs

                                        Display equipment information in takeoffs. (Currently the equipment blocks are graphical only, mainly for 3D drafting).

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                                        • System capacity for mechanical equipment

                                          It would be great if when entering the equipment you could enter system capacity; then when running the load calc, similarly to what DM offers for CFM, you could have Current BTUs and Required BTUs. This could be per zone.

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