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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. 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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                    • Add option for multiple neck sizes under one diffuser tag in the schedule

                      In the diffuser tag, add a spot to list the diffuser neck size (so the duct runout doesn't need to be labeled and will clean the drawings up). It would be nice if one diffuser tag can be used for various diffuser neck sizes, for instance, a CD-1 is more of a description of the diffuser type and model and a pull down with diffuser neck size would be input, then the schedule can list CD-1 with a line for quantity of each diffuser size. This would make creating a master schedule much simpler.

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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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                                  • Labeling diffuser cal louts with (TYP 2) if they are in the same room or near each other.

                                    When the same diffusers are located in the same room, it would be nice if there was an option to label one diffuser and then (TYP and then the quantity it applies to) as opposed to labeling each individual grille/diffuser. This would help clean up the drawings quite a bit from unneeded notations.

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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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                                      • Include "1" before single ground and neutral wires

                                        Add an option to include a "1" in the wire callout before single ground and neutral wires. Currently the wire size is listed with no count before it.

                                        Current wire callout:
                                        1/2"C, 1#12, #12N, #12G

                                        New wire callout:
                                        1/2"C, 1#12, 1#12N, 1#12G

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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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