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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. Edit Fixture Units in "Edit Multiple Pipes" Command

    The Edit Multiple Pipes command needs to have the ability to change fixture units. Sometimes I forget to add fixture units to hot and cold water pipes I'm copying to other sink or shower locations and then I have to change each one individually or erase them and copy them again after I've added fixtures units to the first one to be copied. The current project I'm working on is a large university sports complex with a lot of locker rooms so you can imagine the number of showers, sinks and toilets, etc.

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    • Use Branch Circuit as Main Breaker for Panel

      need a way for a branch breaker to serve as the main in a panelboard and allow it to connect on the oneline

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      • Current Limiting Panel

        For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

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        • Display Equipment Disconnect Ratings on Drawing

          Display the rating of the disconnect and the rating of the fused on the drawing adjacent to the disconnect symbol.

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          • Dash in Empty Schedule Cells

            Include an option to print a "-" (a dash) in schedule cells if nothing is printed in them.

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            • Acoustical Calculations

              Add acoustical calculations to the ductwork.

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              • 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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                • Insert Valves on Vertical Pipes

                  Be able to insert valves on vertical pipes. Valves would be displayed on isometric and possibly also on plan view.

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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • Device information on hover

                        When you hover (or float) your mouse over a DM device, display information about that device in a tooltip.

                        For DM Electrical, possible information would include callout and circuit number

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                        • 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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                          • Ability to differentiate diffuser of different systems in the diffuser schedule

                            Ability to differentiate diffuser of different systems in the diffuser schedule. i.e. turn on or off diffusers associated with New, existing and demo systems.

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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • Add an option to the "Duct: Edit Multiple" dialog that allows users to choose whether to preserve duct endpoint connections or not.

                                  So if I query and individual duct section and change the elevation of either end, the ducts the ends are connected to also change elevation to preserve the connection between the endpoints. If I "edit multiple" on several duct sections and change the endpoint elevations, the other duct sections connected at those points do not change elevation to preserve the connection. Sometimes, changing the elevation of one endpoint without keeping any other endpoints attached is what I want, and sometimes I wish the connections were all preserved. I think there should be a drop-down, a radio button, or something on…

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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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