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. 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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    • 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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      • 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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        • 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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          • 10 votes
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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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              • 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.

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                • 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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                  • 28 votes
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                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • 24x24 Box Around Diffuser

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

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                          • 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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                            • 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.

                              49 votes
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                              • 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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                                • 32 votes
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                                  • 11 votes
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                                    • Allow diffuser tags to be moved and modified with standard AutoCAD editing commands.

                                      It would be helpful to not have to use the "special" DM commands to manipulate the diffuser tags.

                                      21 votes
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                                      • VAV Box Schedule

                                        Create a schedule of VAV boxes, similar to the diffuser schedule.

                                        63 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →

                                          We are considering this for DM HVAC 7.1. Additional information about what you would like the schedule to look like would be helpful, either in the comments or emailed to us.

                                          In particular, examples of schedules you currently use would help a lot. I prefer Excel or DWG format over PDF if possible!

                                        • Set Room Exhaust Rate

                                          Specify the exhaust air requirements for rooms and use these numbers in the load calculations and duct design calculations.

                                          52 votes
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