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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. Choosing VA instead of KVA (Panelboard Schedules)

    You've seen our panelboard schedules and it would be great to have the same options we show on ours to be able to show on the customized blocks in DM. Being able to display total VA of Left & Right phase and then total (Sum of both Left and Right in VA). Connected load total in VA. Being able to display Project name on Panel schedule. I love some of the options we don't show that I can include. So please keep what you have to add some more attributes.

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    • Support Revit and Navisworks

      Provide a way to export the 3D model from Design Master for collision detection with architects using Revit or Navisworks.

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      • Pressure Labels on Ductwork

        Add a button to label the pressure drop for a run of duct (the "Pressure Drop in this Section" value from the the "Query Duct" window). We use DM HVAC to do a lot of existing ductwork analysis for energy audits, etc., and we could really use a function that shows us how much pressure drop each section of the ductwork has, and the pressure drop for each fitting, in much the same format as the ductwork size labels currently appear.

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        • Add sub-script option to Low-Voltage Devices

          Add the subscript option to Low-Voltage Devices.

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          • Set CFM Total for a Zone

            Set the total CFM value for a zone. This value will be distributed to the rooms based upon the relative calculated CFM values.

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            • "set fault @ switchboard" value should be available to place on the one-line diagram.

              The available fault current is available to place on the one-line diagram, but not the "set fault @ switchboard" value. The available fault current includes motor contribution, and is not what plan reviewers are looking for at the service entrance on the one-line. They are looking for the value given by the Utility company in its table.

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                • Separate hangers on their own layer for BIM modeling.

                  Need to print various trades by color for coordination drawings. I think the hangers would be more legible if they could be a different color.

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                  • Join Broken Circuit Command

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

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                    • Air Diffuser Schedule - Mounting Type & Material

                      It would be nice to include (2) additional properties within the diffuser schedule:

                      1) Mounting type (i.e. Surface Mount, Lay-In, Spiral Duct, etc.)
                      2) Material (Steel, Aluminum, etc.)

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                      • voltage drop option for feeders only

                        Could really use an option that allows the voltage drop schedule and calcs for just the feeders. Larger projects in larger buildings really need the voltage drop study. But the inclusion of all the small branch circuits of a panel makes it impractical to use. The voltage drop for hundreds of small branch circuits is automatically included in the schedule.

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                          We’ve updated this feature for DM Electrical 8.4.22. When inserting the voltage drop schedule, if the branch circuit and total voltage drop columns are not included and the branch circuits to display is set to “None”, the branch circuit voltage drop calculation will be skipped.

                        • On 240/120V-3P-4W systems, the current requirement is that Phase B is the high leg. Should be allowed to select Phase C as the high leg.

                          On 240/120V-3P-4W systems, the current requirement is that Phase B is the high leg. Should be allowed to select Phase C as the high leg. Should allow 3-pole breaker to start on any phase, should allow 2-pole breaker on any phase. Must prohibit 1-pole breaker on the high leg.

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                          • Remove callouts from equipment connections

                            Be able to remove a callout from a single piece of equipment on the drawing.

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                              • Place Panel Lug or Main OPD, the Panel Outline in One-Line Diagram

                                Also when a panel/switch board is inserted we currently draw the outline of the panel and the lug and/or main OPD is placed automatically. We would like to place the lug and/or OPD first so it is easier to line up devices.

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                                • It would be nice to have a "format painter" type option.

                                  It would be nice to have a "format painter" type option which copied/pasted properties, especially for ductwork. For example: click the paintbrush, select the item with properties to be copied, then select the item to apply them to.

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                                  • Revise generator schedule block information and inputs

                                    revise generator schedule block to remove main breaker (it defaults to 60 amps) remove or allow input for bus amps, and show kw/kva

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                                    • Merge Circuits

                                      Add the option to merge two circuits together.

                                      One of the circuits would end up as a space with nothing connected to it, no fixed loads, and no locked breaker or wire sizes.

                                      The other would have all of the devices that were originally connected to the two devices, the sum of the fixed loads from the two circuits, and all the fixed breaker and wire sizes from the two circuits.

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                                      • Remove Feeder Line Between Devices in One-Line Diagram

                                        Include an option to not draw a feeder line between devices on the one-line diagram. This would be useful when drawing the connections between devices and bus gutters.

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                                        • Merge or Combine Circuit

                                          Take two circuits, both with devices connected to them, and combine them. All the devices will be on one of the circuits, and the other circuit will be left a space.

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