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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. New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

    Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

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    • Choose Fittings Used In Pressure Drop Calculations

      Add the ability to choose the specific fitting type used when calculating pressure drop in duct systems. Currently, the fitting type is fixed.

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      • Import single piece of equipment

        Currently, the "Import Equipment from Another Project" command imports all the equipment. Update that function to allow you to choose specific pieces of equipment to import.

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        • Automatically Add "ON" prefix to homerun labels for which a homerun already exists.

          It is customary for circuits that are shared on opposite ends of a building or from one floor to the next to be identifed with multiple homerun symbols, with all but one of those homeruns labeled with "ON <Panel-Ckt>" rather than connecting with a loop. Currently, to do this, the homerun text itself must be modified, and this rarely works well because that text reverts back to the default <Panel-Ckt> text each time the circuits are updated.

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          • Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

            I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

            2 votes
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            • Recurring Low Voltage Panel

              Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

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              • Aim Lamps Separately for Emergency Fixtures

                For fixtures used in the outdoor and egress point-by-point photometrics with two lamps, we need to aim the lamp independently for correct photometrics.

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                • Actual Tonnage for HVAC Equipment

                  Add an option to specify the actual tonnage for HVAC equipment in the zone dialog. Use this value to display actual CFM / ton and other values.

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                  • Define fixed load by phase

                    When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

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                    • Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

                      Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

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                      • 2 votes
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                        • Add Static Regain that balances duct system correctly

                          Current Static Regain calculation does not seem to calc and size ducts to balance system. The static regain should balance the system where the ducts split.

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                          • Equipment circuit label should be near the equipment symbol--not the equipment label.

                            We often turn off printing of equipment label/leader, and use a keynote number with arrow instead. But we have to move the circuit to the equipment symbol, because it ends up under the equipment label (which we are not printing).

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                            • Count devices connected to recurring panels

                              Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

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                              • Support feeder calcs for track lighting

                                See NEC 220.43(B). The connected load for the branch circuit is the sum of the wattage of the connected light fixtures. The demand load is an additional 150VA per foot. I would like a place to enter the number of feet of track on a branch circuit so the demand load is calculated correctly in the load summary. We currently accomplish this through a 'Variable Caclulated Load', but it might be more intuitive if there is a 'Length Variable Demand' option. Thank you.

                                2 votes
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                                • Add load column to receptacle schedule

                                  Add a column to the receptacle schedule to show the load on the receptacle.

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                                  • Default elevations for all electrical devices

                                    You can specific a default elevation for light fixtures in the schedule. Expand this functionality to all types of electrical devices.

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                                    • Provide a default voltage for the panels in a project.

                                      Add a check box to set the voltage for a building. If a building is 120/240, then checking a box will set the default for panels, equipment, etc to 120/240v instead of 120/2083p4w.

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                                      • 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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