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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. 11 votes
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    • 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.

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      • Object Enabler for Navisworks

        Create an object enabler for Navisworks to allow the 3D ductwork, pipes, conduit, and cable tray to be viewed directly from the DWG without requiring it to be exported to an IFC file.

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        • Homerun from non-circuited devices

          We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

          We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

          10 votes
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          • 10 votes
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            • Keep Tick Marks on Broken Circuits

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

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              • Voltage Drop Based upon Connected or Other Load

                Be able to specify that the voltage drop on a feeder should be based upon the connected or other load, rather than the calculated load.

                One example of a use for this feature is a piece of equipment that serves a single motor. You want the voltage drop for the connected load of the motor, rather than the calculate load, which will be 125% of the motor load.

                10 votes
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                • Redundant Ground

                  Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

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                  • Assign Layer System in AutoCAD based upon Phase in Revit

                    When exporting the one-line diagram from Revit to AutoCAD, assign the layer system used in AutoCAD to match the phase in Revit.

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                    • Create Room Outlines Automatically

                      Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

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                      • Default label locations in blocks

                        Be able to specify locations for labels in blocks. When the labels are added to the block, they will be placed in the desired locations, rather than in the somewhat random default location they are currently placed in.

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                        • Selective Coordination

                          Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

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                          • 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.

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                            • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

                              Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

                              9 votes
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                              • Duct Size Preview

                                I would like to be able to have the duct size update on the plans (like a preview) without closing the dialog box.

                                9 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                • Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

                                  Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

                                  I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

                                  I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • SKM Power Tools

                                    Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • Add command to match diffuser callout and location; just like you have for light fixtures.

                                      It would be nice to at least have the command to match diffuser callout location.

                                      9 votes
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                                      • Create Separate One-Lines for Each LVD Group

                                        I have Security, F/A, Lighting Control Panels, Audio, and Data groups and would like to be able to create separate low voltage one-line risers for them.

                                        9 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          9 votes
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