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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. please show velocity and PD/100ft

    by showing velocity and PD/100ft on a check layer, engineers could check work and easily scan and review a job for errors.

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    • Breaker Using Twice as Many Spaces

      Many breaker panels of old and of new has the ability to put a single, two, or three pole breaker in that takes twice as many spaces as normal. Example is I have a panel I have to represent that has a 2 pole breaker that takes position 36-38 and 40-42. It also has a 3 pole breaker in it that take 24-26,28-30,32-34. I have no way of circuiting the device and still have it on phase A, B, and C.

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      • Reset panel "Fixed Loads".

        Often, I need to "start over" on a panel that I've assigned fixed loads. It would be handy to have a button that would clear every fixed load on the panel. Or even be able to select several circuits and clear those circuit's fixed loads.

        8 votes
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        • Update Pipe Breaks on Save or Open

          When inserting fittings or piping the software will go through a regeneration process after each item is inserted. When files are small this is not a big deal. On large projects there is a noticeable delay and the software zooms out to the extents and then back into the area you are working on. Rather than do this on every change, include an option to only do this when the drawing is saved (and possibly when the drawing is opened).

          8 votes
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          • Make schedules sortable by different fields

            Be able to sort schedules by different fields instead of just the default field.

            8 votes
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            • Link to PDF File

              In the various DM schedules (light fixtures, receptacles, diffuser, etc), add the option to link the entry to a PDF file. The PDF could be opened from the schedule, or there could be an option to include it as a hyperlink on the device so it can be opened from the AutoCAD drawing.

              8 votes
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              • 8 votes
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                • add leaders to duct text

                  Add leader for duct text like it does when you add a grille, diffuser, or light fixture

                  7 votes
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                  • Photovoltaic Design

                    Add features to support PV design, such as inverters, combiners, and a string calculator.

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                    • 7 votes
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                      • Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

                        We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

                        Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

                        7 votes
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                        • Arc-flash label sizes

                          Be able to change the size of the arc-flash labels to fit a specific size.

                          7 votes
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                          • Swap circuits in Revit

                            Be able to swap circuits in Revit like you can using the "Move Circuit" command in DM Electrical for AutoCAD.

                            7 votes
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                            • SI units

                              SIngle button to change from IP to SI in a drawing.

                              7 votes
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                              • Print Load Calculations: Have a Select All/Unselect All checkbox

                                When printing load calculations, have a Select All/Unselect All check box. It's a bit tedious to do manually.

                                7 votes
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                                • Modify design load calculations and output to accommodate VAV system selection

                                  Modify design load calculations to more accurately size/select VAV boxes. The revised calculations would take into account the heat required to overcome the additional air supplied to the VAV box that is over and above the minimum required in the heating calculations. This will help since the additional air is typically at 55 degrees and will actually add heat load to the space in addition to that required by the envelope and minimum supply air. In some cases this can be a significant load.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Lighting loads - additional options

                                    I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.

                                    1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

                                    Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting…

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Duct Continuation

                                      There may already be an option (please inform me as I am not aware) for a 'duct continuation symbol/fitting'. Currently I have to go back and Pline a goofy looking thing to indicate continuations in the ductwork. Any thoughts?

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Remove pipe label from specific pipes

                                        Be able to remove text from specific pipes so that not every little branch and section has a label.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • More customization for equipment callouts

                                          Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                                          Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                                          See images on this forum post for examples:
                                          http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                                          If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

                                          6 votes
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