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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. 20 votes
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    • 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.

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        7 comments  ·  General  ·  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 →
        • 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.

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            3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
          • Provide training seminars other than the annual conference.

            Having training available only once per year at your annual conference is very limiting. Do webinars if travelling is too costly.

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              0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
            • Give the option to disable copying of IES files to the project directory

              Introduce an option into the standard options that allows disabling the feature of copying IES files to the project folder. The number of IES files introduced into the project directories causes serious clutter.

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                3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • 16 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                • Minimum Duct Size

                  Specify a minimum size for ductwork when automatically sized.

                  16 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                  • Edit multiple equipment/panels/devices

                    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.

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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 →
                      • 14 votes
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                        • 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 →
                          • Exterior lining dimensions on plans

                            Provide option to show the dimensions for the exterior lining on the duct work.

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                            • Equipment Connections on Revit One-Line Diagram

                              Be able to display equipment connections from the Revit model on the one-line diagram.

                              12 votes
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                              • 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 →
                                • Negative Equipment Loads for Open Cases in Grocery Stores

                                  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
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                                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                  • Batch Device Query

                                    Query multiple receptacles, light fixtures, low voltage devices and equipment at the same time, being able to edit properties of all selected.

                                    This would be useful for adding a special subscript note, or adding a custom load to a group of devices.

                                    9 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                      In the current release, the “Edit Multiple” commands can be used for this purpose. There is a separate command for each type of device.

                                      In the next release, we’ve upgraded the command to better list the values in the selected devices.

                                    • Light Fixture Watts

                                      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
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                                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Designmaster Electrical would run on Bricscad

                                        Thinking about Switching to Bricscad, would like for Design Master to support

                                        8 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                        • One-Line Diagram: Fixed feeder IDs

                                          Be able to have fixed feeder IDs in a project. Two possible uses:

                                          1. When a new feeder is added, it won't change the IDs on all the other feeders. Not a problem during early design, but it is a problem when the drawings are under change control. Having to bubble all of the feeder IDs makes it look like a bigger change than it actually is.

                                          2. Be able to have consistent ID names across projects. A specific feeder configuration would have a common name, making it easier to read plans for different projects.

                                          Also be able to have…

                                          8 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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