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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. password protect the master database to prevent accidental changes

    It is too easy for anyone to select "Copy to Master" and make a mess of the master database.

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    • Circuiting layer dependent on device layer system

      DM's default circuit layer system can be determined by three different options: (1) same as distribution equipment, (2) new, and (3) existing. We'd like a fourth option that makes the circuit layer system match the circuit layer system of the device that's being circuited.

      For example, we're currently designing a job where we are installing new receptacles that are being fed from an existing panel. Our receptacle circuit callouts are coming up under the existing layer system (based off of the panel) instead of the new layer system (based off of the new receptacles). To address this, we changed the…

      3 votes
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      • Calculate Fault at Equipment Connections

        Be able to mark equipment connections to be included in the fault calculation.

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        • Electrical elevation label

          Create a label that will display the elevation of a device and update automatically when the elevation changes.

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          • Locate and edit schedules within groups to create T.I. voltage drop and other schedules that don't include the entire project.

            When there is T.I. work within a large project you want to show only the the voltage drop for the TI space. You have to deselect all the equipment not in the space one at a time to show a voltage drop schedule for just the TI work. What if you could group the panels in a similar way to luminaires so that the TI voltage drop or fault schedule has only the TI panels, without disabling the ability to show a schedule for the main project or another TI within that project.

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            • Dialog Boxes to View and Edit Load Calculation Settings for Entire Building at Once

              Currently to view the ventilation and load schedules the report is run and appears in an html file. If for instance the outside air % is too high I then have to exit the report go back into the rooms with the high percentage and manually overventilate.

              It would be great if there was a screen that combined all of the room information, areas, CFMs, etc. (similar to the load report) but this screen allowed you to manually modify the CFMs, system static pressure, outside air percentage, etc. and by doing this all of the room information is updated at…

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              • Automatically Add a "Jog" When a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall Would Create an Overlap

                Currently, when a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall returns back from the wall on top of the pipe going towards the wall, the pipe on top hides the underneath pipe. A common way of representing this in 2-D models is by adding a "jog" in the pipe. However, in the isometric model the jog doesn't need to appear because overlapping isn't a problem. Automatically showing this "jog" on the 2-D model would make representing these cases much easier.

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                • Multiple Fault Schedules

                  I would like the ability to break out individual fault current schedule entries into separate groups based on the service connection or other arbitrary criteria. For example, in a project with three electrical services, the distribution equipment fault current associated with one service could be scheduled separately from the other two services. Design Master currently schedules all fault current schedule entries together. On projects with multiple services and dozens of distribution equipment entries, a method of showing specific fault current calculations in separate schedules would be invaluable.

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                  • More MCC Stater Sizes

                    Is it possible to modify the list of standard starter sizes to include VFD, Soft Switch, etc? Or even to choose 'None' and just type it in the Description field?

                    I've used the ddedit command on the MCC schedule inserted into the drawing to manually modify it, but if anybody does a coordination this will be lost.

                    3 votes
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                    • Use correct fittings

                      The pressure drop calcs indicate the wrong fitting types in some cases. For example, a fitting that begins with "SD" stands for "Supply/Diameter" and "SR" stands for "Supply/Rectangular", etc. If you have a duct system that is all rectangular, there should not be any SD fittings indicated. Likewise for round systems, there should not be any SR fittings indicated.

                      3 votes
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                      • Backfeed Breakers

                        Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

                        3 votes
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                        • Add "Panel Neutral" in Revit MEP

                          Add "Panel Neutral" as a parameter to panels in Revit MEP.

                          Options for neutral would be:
                          50%
                          100%
                          133%
                          200%
                          None

                          This value would be a shared parameter for scheduling purposes. It would not be used in any calculations.

                          3 votes
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                          • Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

                            Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

                            One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

                            3 votes
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                            • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

                              Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

                              3 votes
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                              • Remember Zone Tree Settings

                                Remember which zones are opened and closed in the zone tree dialog box when you open and close it.

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                                • Equipment Database

                                  Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

                                    Be able to enable or disable the wire callout on a homerun on a circuit-by-circuit basis.

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                                    • Label and Leader for Mechanical Equipment

                                      Add a label and leader for the callout to mechanical equipment.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • MULTIPLE ARROWS

                                        It would be nice to be able to have multiple arrows for 1 piece of text pointing to different devices

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                                        • Variable Pressure Drop for Diffusers

                                          Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop for every scenario over inflates the pressure calcs. This is very important for low-pressure systems with low static terminal units such as ducted VRF and Fan Coil Units that max out at .25". Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop of say, .1" for air devices make it difficult to design low static systems accurately.

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