Smarter feeder lengths from plan view blocks
Currently, when two plan view blocks, for example a panel and subpanel, are very close (say 1 foot apart), the feeder length may be as much as 16 feet. Electricians often ask if they need to add extra length to meet short ckt calc. Of course, one can manually adjust the length in the panel definition, but one should not have to. It should be assumed that this will be a nipple 1 foot long - not run under ground and back up. DM adds 10 feet to each feeder.
We added an option to DM Electrical 8.2 for feeders shorter than a certain length to not add the additional feeder length.
You are looking for the "Extra length on feeders" option. See here for more info:
Dana Lund commented
Can you remind me where the adjustment option is in DM?
That would work for me.
What about this idea: add an option to ignored the additional length if the panels are less than X feet apart.
I guess that's better, but then other feeders would be about 10' short.
We added (in DM Electrical 8.0 or 8.1, not sure exactly which) the option to change the additional length to add to feeders. Does changing that to 0 do enough to satisfy this request, or would you like something more for it?