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. Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

    High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

    Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

    12 votes
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  2. Add multiple circuits to a single piece of equipment (ie. HVAC) one for each load.

    Some HVAC and other pieces of equipment require multiple circuits for multiple loads inside each unit. Currently I have to create 2 pieces of equipment with the individual loads, overlay them, then circuit them.

    43 votes
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  3. Redundant Ground

    Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

    10 votes
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  4. Tick marks for more than 1-pole, wire callouts for > #12

    Add another option to "Homerun wire callouts and tick marks" labeled "Tick marks for more than 1-pole , wire callouts for > #12".

    3 votes
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  5. Improve Indoor Lighting Level Report

    Add "Allowed Watts / SF" as a field to rooms.

    Add "Allowed Watts / SF" and "Total Allowed Watts" as columns to the indoor lighting schedule.

    Add a "Totals" row at the bottom that totals the area, allowed watts, and computed watts.

    3 votes
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  6. Draw Circuit Loops Using Polylines instead of Arcs

    When you loop from one device to another, be able to select that loop and break it in to two loops that can each individually be moved or broke. This way we can have "S" loops.

    DM Note: When we implement this, it will probably be by allowing you to insert a loop using a pline. This will allow you to insert the loop however you want without any restrictions.

    31 votes
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  7. 4 votes
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  8. Photometric calculation schedule

    I would like to suggest that the photometric calculation schedule be a combined schedule for all rooms instead of a dedicated schedule for each single room/space (or both options be available). We are typically asked to provide a single schedule that lists the room/space name in the first column and then the various footcandle columns.

    3 votes
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  9. A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

    A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

    6 votes
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  10. Insert Devices via command line

    Be able to insert a receptacle/device without picking it from the 'Insert Receptacle' form. A command followed by the device name would prompt the user to place the receptacle like they just clicked "OK" after selecting a device.

    4 votes
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  11. Multi text search

    implement Multi-Text search through out the menus.

    So for example when searching through the Insert Receptacle menu and in my case we have several thousand pieces of equipment. if the equipment is called 'RX99S' instead of just allowing us to hit 'R' and starting us off at the beginning of the list of 'R' equipment allow us to type out 'RX99S' and design master go straight to the piece of equipment. this is a very simple change to the code in design master and would save tons of time on projects.

    20 votes
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  12. Select automatic conduit based on Type

    When selecting conduit I want to be able to select the feeder as schedule 80 so that the only size option would be based on schedule 80. Then on another feeder I could select EMT for my circuits and the only option for auto sizing would be based on EMT. Finally, I would then have the option of adding the type to my one-lines and a conduit schedule.

    11 votes
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  13. Lighting loads - additional options

    I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.


    1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

    Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting load…

    6 votes
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  14. Export schedules to excel

    My estimators are always asking me if they can get my fixture or panel schedules in an excel format.

    31 votes
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  15. Generator Load Calculations

    Calculate generator loads correctly, mostly by being able to specify that certain loads should not be included in the generator load.

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  16. ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

    DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
    CAMERA
    MOTION SENSOR
    CARD READER
    KEYPAD

    JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

    3 votes
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  17. Existing Loads & Metered Demand

    Include, in options, the ability to not include existing (layered) items in panel, feeder, and service calculations. I'd like to enter the load to keep track of it, but have the ability to exclude it from the load calculations since "existing" would be included in the metered demand load.

    1 vote
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  18. Quick change between tick mark configurations in "Insert Tick Marks" command

    Add some way to quickly change between tick mark configurations in the "Insert Tick Mark" command. Either templates that the user creates, or a set of commonly used configurations.

    If you do vote for this, it would be helpful for you to leave a comment listing most common configuration of tick marks you use.

    0 votes
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  19. Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

    Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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  20. Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

    I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

    6 votes
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