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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 →
  4. 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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  5. 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.

    1 vote
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  6. 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.

    2 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Remember Zone Tree Settings

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

    3 votes
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  9. 10 votes
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  10. 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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  11. Provide Minumum air flow calculations

    If the minimum air flow is set in the calculation bases on a parameter such as air change rate, cfm/sq ft or a set cfm it would be nice to have that as a column in the calculation output.

    5 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 31 votes
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  14. Highlight Duct Sizes That Changed After Resizing Ductwork

    For large sprawling duct systems it is difficult to monitor all the duct sizes that change. When you calculate and redraw a single branch, all the ducts are erased and redrawn. This makes it difficult to know which duct sizes changed and which stayed the same.

    18 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 24x24 Box Around Diffuser

    Have an option to insert a 24x24 box around an diffuser for use in RCP's.

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  17. Make Grips Work With Diffuser Callouts

    Fix the diffuser callouts so they can be moved more consistently and reliable with grips instead of using the "Move Callout" command.

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  18. Diffuser Insertion at Corner (for Ceiling Grids)

    Have the option to insert diffusers at the corner of the diffuser, not the center. This change would assist in placing diffusers properly in ceiling grids.

    50 votes
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  19. Export to eQuest or DOE2.2

    Be able to export building load information to eQuest or DOE2.2 using gbXML for energy modeling purposes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, LEED, and Title 24.

    29 votes
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  20. 32 votes
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