Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. Label and Leader for Mechanical Equipment

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

    3 votes
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  2. Change default "max depth" setting for ductwork

    Add an option for the default "max depth" value that is used when you insert a new duct. Currently it always starts at 24 and you have to remember to change it if you want something different.

    3 votes
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  3. Transfer Grilles for Air Balance Report

    Add a transfer grille option for return air so that you can use the balance report function on projects which use transfer grilles.

    22 votes
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  4. 3 votes
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  5. Provide Weight or Area of Ducts in Takeoffs

    Weight of ducts in HVAC Takeoffs provide a very simple way to estimate cost of projects.

    Or, add an option to calculate square feet of sheet metal ductwork.

    4 votes
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  6. Acoustical Calculations

    Add acoustical calculations to the ductwork.

    2 votes
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  7. Right click when entering Duct Labels to Rotate Label

    Similar to how you can right click to add leader lines when labeling diffusers, it would be helpful to be able to right click duct labels to rotate them instead of making this a two step process. Also, rotating it would remove the arrow that sometimes accompanies the duct label.

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  8. Change Room Names from the Zone Tree or Floor Tree

    Be able to right click or slow-double-click on a room name in the Zone Tree or Floor Tree to be able to change it

    15 votes
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  9. Compare Number of Balancing Dampers with Diffusers

    A simple command that checks the number of volume dampers to the number of diffusers/grilles/registers in the database.

    1 vote
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  10. 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.

    2 votes
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  11. Color code room outlines by wall type.

    So for example when modifying walls during a load calc. Exterior walls might be red, partitions blue, and interior walls (no heat transfer) green. This could even be expanded to visually shows with color walls that have windows or doors.

    There have been many times when I've had to back check walls that were inadvertently called out as partitions instead of exterior. Color coding would give an instant visual clue where mistakes might have been made.

    26 votes
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  12. Duct Continuation

    There may already be an option (please inform me as I am not aware) for a 'duct continuation symbol/fitting'. Currently I have to go back and Pline a goofy looking thing to indicate continuations in the ductwork. Any thoughts?

    6 votes
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  13. Add capability to have separate two line callouts for supply and return diffusers.

    Add capability to have custom two line callouts for supply, return and exhaust diffusers as there is currently for one line callouts. Allow the second line to be blank for the return callout as there is often no need for cfm on the return callout. Same as a two line callout for supply diffusers and one line for return grilles.

    1 vote
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  14. 'Capped Ductwork for Future Use' command

    This is similar to the 'end cap' command, but would draw a 'capped for future use' symbol on the end of a duct branch.

    3 votes
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  15. Diversify zone airflow based upon people diversity

    When a VAV zone has people diversity specified, update the zone airflow. Currently, the zone load is updated, but the airflow is not.

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  16. HVAC - Allow for the input of design Notes

    In the "Room Project Schedule" add a box which would allow for the addition of design notes. This would allow for the designer to document why certain values where chosen. When the loads are printed the notes would also be displayed for reference.

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  17. 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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  18. Show Locked CFM in Duct Centerline

    I have been back into DM after a short break away from it's use. I have found that text now appears along the center line referencing that the width, depth, or shape of the duct has been locked. This is a great new feature. However, I feel that one of the most important features that could be shown as locked is that of the CFM. In a quick duct sizing and CFM check, by locking the CFM of the end duct in the various branch strings, one can size and determine very quickly how a system is going to be.…

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  19. 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…

    3 votes
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  20. Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

    Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

    39 votes
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