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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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 2.0, DM Electrical 8.7, 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. Features marked as "Planned" will be available in these releases.


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  1. Adding Further Pipe Symbols

    All of these symbols came up on one particular project, please leave comments on common plumbing symbols that I may have missed. Adding in these symbols and the corresponding isometric representations would greatly reduce the amount of time required to create each one of them by hand on both models. The following are the symbols that I found would be useful additions:

    • Mixing valves
    • Water heaters
    • Grease interceptor
    • Sample wells for grease interceptors
    • Cleanout
    • Cleanout to grade
    • Two-way cleanout
    • Backflow preventer
    • Water filter
    9 votes

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  2. Set number of spare breakers

    Add an option to require a set number of spare breakers on every panel. The other breakers in the panel would be listed as spaces.

    9 votes

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  3. Total Load in Project

    Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

    I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

    What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

    A consideration…

    9 votes

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  4. Add Sections to Panels

    Define how many breakers are in each section of panel. This would be used when creating a 84 circuit panel that is made up of 2 sections, each with 42 circuits.

    For the panel schedule, include a separator between the sections.

    When circuiting, do not allow 2 or 3 pole circuits to span the two sections.

    9 votes

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  5. Keep Tick Marks on Broken Circuits

    When a circuit is broken, keep tick marks inserted on one of the halves.

    9 votes

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  6. Load Type Schedule Designation

    Add a distribution schedule customization attribute that can be added to panel schedules as an additional column to show load type(s) that are connected to each circuit, preferably letter abbreviation designations for each load type. (Heating would be 'H', Lighting would be 'L', Motor loads 'M' etc...)

    8 votes

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  7. ComCheck Export For Revit

    I would like to export from Revit to import into ComCheck similar to the AutoCAD version of Design Master Electrical

    8 votes

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  8. Outdoor point-by-point calculations

    Add outdoor point-by-point calculations for parking lot lighting.

    8 votes

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  9. Customization of circuiting callouts

    In circuiting callouts, allow the dash to be replaced by a custom string.

    Example: Default circuiting callout is L1A-1,3,5. Allow us to make it say L1A: 1,3,5 or L1A CKT 1,3,5.

    7 votes

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  10. Indoor point-by-point calculations

    Add indoor point-by-point lighting calculations.

    7 votes

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  11. Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

    DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

    7 votes

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  12. Multi text search

    implement Multi-Text search through out the menus.

    So for example when searching through the Insert Receptacle menu and in my case we have several thousand pieces of equipment. if the equipment is called 'RX99S' instead of just allowing us to hit 'R' and starting us off at the beginning of the list of 'R' equipment allow us to type out 'RX99S' and design master go straight to the piece of equipment. this is a very simple change to the code in design master and would save tons of time on projects.

    7 votes

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  13. Change Voltage of Project

    Be able to change voltage of a completed project for 208V to 240V and keep everything connected and circuited.

    7 votes

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  14. Add horsepower of individual loads on mcc schedules

    The MCC schedule doesn't have the ability to show horsepower values for the individual loads. This is important information for the MCC vendor for breaker and overload sizing.

    7 votes

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  15. Export the luminaire schedule into excel

    I have lighting reps ask me all the time for an excel spreadsheet of our luminaire schedule. It would be helpful to export our luminaire schedule into excel.

    7 votes

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  16. Metric

    Support drawings with metric base units.

    7 votes

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  17. Add spell check option for schedules.

    ACAD spell check does not update Design Master Schedules. ACAD spell check needs to be run every time a schedule is updated.

    7 votes

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  18. Demolition Layer Devices

    I do not feel that the schedules should show counts for devices like receptacles and computer outlets that are on a demolition layer.

    6 votes

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  19. Add Standard UPC and IPC Sizing Charts

    Especially for waste and vent sizing, the conversion from fixture units to pipe sizing is standard for all cases for the UPC and IPC. Generating sizing charts for cold and hot water, automatically through a series of settings possibly, would be probably more difficult to implement but equally helpful to make sizing plumbing easier.

    6 votes

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  20. Low Voltage Homerun With Keynote

    On low voltage systems drawings (Fire Alarm, Security, CCTV) we treat homeruns differently than power and lighting homeruns. We do not use the circuit label, wire callout, or tick marks, but rather we use a keynote. If there was a “keynote homerun”, it would save us the time spent removing the wire call-out every time we create low voltage homerun.

    6 votes

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