Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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 2.0, DM Electrical 8.7, 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. Features marked as "Planned" will be available in these releases.


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  1. RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

    For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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  2. Fire Alarms

    Add better support for fire alarm system design.

    Various improvements related to this suggestion include:

    Add 12V, 14V, 16V, 18V and 24V DC device support for Fire Alarm Systems

    Change loads from KVA to mA or even VA. Two load types should be
    available, standby power and alarm power for each FA device.

    Add ability for wiring such as 24, 22, 18, 16, and 14 awg.

    Add ability to perform standby and alarm battery ampere-hour
    calculations.

    Display length, current, voltage, and voltage drop for each circuit.

    Have fire alarm panels with appropriate attributes, such as alarm time, standby time, battery…

    81 votes
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  3. Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

    Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

    5 votes
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  4. Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

    Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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  5. Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

    Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

    170 votes
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  6. Customizable tick marks

    DesignMaster currently supports the following tick marks during an "Insert tick mark" operation:


    • Hots

    • Neutral

    • Ground

    • Iso ground

    • Switch leg

    • Traveller

    • Space

    We'd like the option to include customizable tick marks in addition to the ones already implemented above. For example, we include tick marks for low voltage cabling used to dim luminaries on our drawings.

    I imagine the customization being performed through Design Master Electrical Options under the "Tick Mark Blocks" section. There'd be a "Customized tick mark 1 name" option and another option called "Customized tick mark 1 block". These customized tick marks would then show up in…

    1 vote
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  7. Track which panel schedules are inserted on drawings

    Keep track of which panel schedules are inserted on all the drawings in a project. Be able to check and confirm there is a schedule inserted for each drawing on a project.

    The goal for this feature is quality control on large projects as panels are added and deleted.

    3 votes
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  8. Recurring Low Voltage Panel

    Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

    2 votes
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  9. Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

    Be able to enable or disable the wire callout on a homerun on a circuit-by-circuit basis.

    3 votes
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  10. 239 votes
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  11. Default elevations for all electrical devices

    You can specific a default elevation for light fixtures in the schedule. Expand this functionality to all types of electrical devices.

    2 votes
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  12. Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

    Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

    I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

    I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

    10 votes
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  13. Add a "match circuit" command.

    Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

    32 votes
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  14. Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

    Automatically upsize branch circuit wires when necessary because of voltage drop.

    150 votes
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  15. Count devices connected to recurring panels

    Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

    2 votes
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  16. SKM Power Tools

    Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

    15 votes
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  17. Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

    Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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  18. Locate and edit schedules within groups to create T.I. voltage drop and other schedules that don't include the entire project.

    When there is T.I. work within a large project you want to show only the the voltage drop for the TI space. You have to deselect all the equipment not in the space one at a time to show a voltage drop schedule for just the TI work. What if you could group the panels in a similar way to luminaires so that the TI voltage drop or fault schedule has only the TI panels, without disabling the ability to show a schedule for the main project or another TI within that project.

    3 votes
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  19. Arc-flash label sizes

    Be able to change the size of the arc-flash labels to fit a specific size.

    7 votes
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  20. Swap & Copy Circuits

    When copying circuits in the swap and copy dialog, multipole breakers do not copy to the new location as multipole breakers, they copy as single pole. It appears that you have to set the number of poles and their positions in the circuiting dialog before starting the copy/swap routine.

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