Design Master Wish List

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. 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.

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      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

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            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • '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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              low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

              Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

              39 votes
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                high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

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                  medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Edit multiple rooms

                    Add a command to allow you to edit the settings on multiple rooms at a time.

                    21 votes
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                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add command to match diffuser callout and location; just like you have for light fixtures.

                      It would be nice to at least have the command to match diffuser callout location.

                      9 votes
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                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Modify design load calculations and output to accommodate VAV system selection

                          Modify design load calculations to more accurately size/select VAV boxes. The revised calculations would take into account the heat required to overcome the additional air supplied to the VAV box that is over and above the minimum required in the heating calculations. This will help since the additional air is typically at 55 degrees and will actually add heat load to the space in addition to that required by the envelope and minimum supply air. In some cases this can be a significant load.

                          6 votes
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                            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Create training material for the HVAC section.

                            The tutorial doesn't get into enough depth or cover everything, specifically the master schedule and project schedules and how they affect the project.

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                              medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              3 votes
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                                medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • please show velocity and PD/100ft

                                by showing velocity and PD/100ft on a check layer, engineers could check work and easily scan and review a job for errors.

                                8 votes
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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 10 votes
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                                      high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        3 votes
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                                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 31 votes
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