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. 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.

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      medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  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.

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

        Add acoustical calculations to the ductwork.

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          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add option for multiple neck sizes under one diffuser tag in the schedule

          In the diffuser tag, add a spot to list the diffuser neck size (so the duct runout doesn't need to be labeled and will clean the drawings up). It would be nice if one diffuser tag can be used for various diffuser neck sizes, for instance, a CD-1 is more of a description of the diffuser type and model and a pull down with diffuser neck size would be input, then the schedule can list CD-1 with a line for quantity of each diffuser size. This would make creating a master schedule much simpler.

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            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Labeling diffuser cal louts with (TYP 2) if they are in the same room or near each other.

                When the same diffusers are located in the same room, it would be nice if there was an option to label one diffuser and then (TYP and then the quantity it applies to) as opposed to labeling each individual grille/diffuser. This would help clean up the drawings quite a bit from unneeded notations.

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

                  Display equipment information in takeoffs. (Currently the equipment blocks are graphical only, mainly for 3D drafting).

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                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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 →
                        • Duct and pipe demolition

                          Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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                            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  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 →
                            • 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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                                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 24x24 Box Around Diffuser

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

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