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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. Calculate General and Egress Photometrics in Same Boundary

    It would be nice if we didn't need to create two photometric calculation areas. It would be great if one calc area could work for both general and egress calcs.

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  2. Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

    It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

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  3. Highlight Footcandle Levels Below a Certain Level

    It would also be nice if foot candle levels less than a certain value could be a different color. This would make it easier to spot levels below a certain threshold, like fc levels for emergency egress lower limits.

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  4. Find Unlooped Devices

    A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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  5. Rotate Equipment ID Tags

    Presently the equipment ID tag reverts to "world" orientation whenever it is moved or when you coordinate data base. Please make it subject to rotate text command, such that it stays in the orientation selected.

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  6. Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

    Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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  7. Convert existing plines into a room, or photometric area calculation boundary

    I would like to be able to select an architect's or HVAC designer's room boundary pline to use for photometric calculations as opposed to having to redraw it. This would also come in handy for defining rooms, as well as egress lighting.

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  8. RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

    For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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  9. Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

    Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

    For example, if you have a circuit like this:

    <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

    It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

    P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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  10. Generator Load Calculations

    Calculate generator loads correctly, mostly by being able to specify that certain loads should not be included in the generator load.

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  11. 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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  12. Copy distribution panels from job to job in multi-story buildings to serve lease space panels.

    We do a lot of design work in multi-story buildings that require us to show distribution panels on one-lines with load info. Right now I have to create the DPin each job. I would like to be able to copy from job to job with existing loads.

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  13. Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

    Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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  14. 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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  15. Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

    Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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  16. Size Transformer Feeders Differently than Other Feeders

    Allow transformer feeders to be sized using different size wires than other feeders. In particular, this would be for sizing 800A feeders. Normal panels can use 500kcmil wires, but transformers require 600kcmil.

    (The workaround for the moment is to use 500kcmil for your 800A automatic sizing and to manually size the transformers to 600kcmil.)

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  17. Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

    Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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  18. Custom Transformer Impedance and XR Ratio

    Be able to create a custom table of impedance and XR ratio values for transformers based upon the kVA. Currently the default values are fixed. If you always use different values, you have to manually change them every time.

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  19. Allow the option to add circuiting to fixture callout

    Allow the option to put the circuit number or control designation in the bottom of the fixture callout in place of the lamp info.

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  20. Minimum panel clearance width

    For panels smaller than 30" width, increase the panel clearance width to 30" automatically.

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