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. Hatched or Shaded Ductwork

    Add an option to automatically draw a hatch over the ductwork in 2D. Have the hatch be controlled by the type of duct (return vs supply) and layer system (new vs existing).

    38 votes
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  2. HVAC Material Takeoff

    Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

    We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

    21 votes
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  3. Duct elevation tags

    Add duct top and bottom elevation tags based on the duct elevation and height. Tag would be turned on/off like duct size labels.

    19 votes
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  4. 16 votes
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  5. Minimum Duct Size

    Specify a minimum size for ductwork when automatically sized.

    16 votes
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  6. Make a Zone Map Similar to the Load Maps

    Make a color shaded zone map simlar to load map.

    14 votes
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  7. Exterior lining dimensions on plans

    Provide option to show the dimensions for the exterior lining on the duct work.

    12 votes
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  8. Negative Equipment Loads for Open Cases in Grocery Stores

    Grocery stores include open refrigeration cases. These loads need to be subtracted from the cooling load and added to the heating load. Using a negative equipment load works for the cooling load, but not the heating load.

    Make it so that a negative equipment load is added to the heating load.

    10 votes
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  9. Reverse Arrowheads on Return Ducts

    Make it so that arrowheads point in the direction of airflow in ducts.

    8 votes
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  10. Improve Duct Break Graphics

    Omit the line that appears on only one side of a transparent duct section. Simply make the duct section transparent and allow the user to insert symbols as desired.

    7 votes
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  11. Turn Off Individual Diffuser Tags

    Be able to turn diffuser tags on and off for specific diffusers.

    6 votes
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  12. 5 votes
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  13. Odd Duct Sizes

    Add an option to size ducts to odd sizes for certain small ducts (5", 7", 9").

    5 votes
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  14. Provide a demolition layer system for DM HVAC

    Provide a 'demolition' layer system option in addition to the 'new' & 'existing' layer options.

    3 votes
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  15. Room Peak Load Map

    It could be useful if there was a Load Calculation Map which indicated when a room peaked in cooling. Perhaps two maps, time of day and which month. It may be useful when determining the zoning.

    3 votes
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  16. Have the option to assign a fixed Outside Air CFM to a zone. This will help address over-ventilation to maintain positive building pressure

    Have the option to assign a fixed Outside Air CFM to a zone. This will help address zones that need over-ventilation to maintain a positive building pressure.

    3 votes
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  17. SET TITLE COLUMN LABLES ORDER IN GRILLE SCHEDULE

    Make it so that in the master configuration a user can preset which columns and labels they would like and in the order in which they are displayed. That way they are preset every time and would have save time setting up from project to project

    3 votes
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  18. 3 votes
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  19. Provide 'hot keys' for pop up dialog box.

    Provide 'hot keys' for pop up dialog box.

    Example: On the Duct Calculations box you could use the following.
    C for Calculate CFM
    D for Calculate CFM and Size Ducts
    P for Calculate CFM, Size Ducts, and Calculate Pressure

    3 votes
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  20. Use actual room CFM from diffusers rather than calculated for ventilation calculation

    We are having issues with permits using the ASHRAE Ventilation calculation because DM is using the calculated CFMs instead of actual CFMs on plans. We are having to tweak all the load inputs and use minimum air flows to spit out correct CFMs in ventilation calculation. The loads have actual loads print out, so maybe this is an easy fix.

    2 votes
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