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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. 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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    • 8 votes
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      • Photovoltaic Design

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

        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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            • 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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                    • 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.

                      6 votes
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                      • add multiple pipe label options

                        Three options: One for system type and size, one for just size, and one for just system type.

                        6 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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                          • 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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                            • Apply demand factors to loads by phase on panels

                              NEC demand factors currently are calculated for the whole panel, not for each individual phase. It is possible to load one phase with a load type that has a demand factor (such as a kitchen load) and the other phases with load types that do not (such as continuous). The total load on the panel should account for these differences in demand factors by phase.

                              6 votes
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                              • Shortcut Keys for DM Commands

                                Add shortcut commands for commands. For example, "ML" for "Move Loop or Homerun" or "BC" for "Break Circuit".

                                5 votes
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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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                                  • Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

                                    Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

                                    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.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Mirror Plumbing Plans

                                        Be able to easily mirror plumbing plans. Risers that extend to multiple floors cause problems for the mirror command.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Provide Weight or Area of Ducts in Takeoffs

                                          Weight of ducts in HVAC Takeoffs provide a very simple way to estimate cost of projects.

                                          Or, add an option to calculate square feet of sheet metal ductwork.

                                          4 votes
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