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. Reset panel "Fixed Loads".

    Often, I need to "start over" on a panel that I've assigned fixed loads. It would be handy to have a button that would clear every fixed load on the panel. Or even be able to select several circuits and clear those circuit's fixed loads.

    8 votes
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  2. On a one-line diagram, a vertical bus panel should have horizontal branch breakers--NOT vertical!

    When you generate a one-line diagram, if you have panels that have a vertical bus, their branch breakers end up at the bottom of the bus and are vertical. The look like main breakers--not branch breakers. A work around for this is for every vertical bus panel, generate a riser diagram starting with that panel. Even this work around is not perfect, as you have to resize the vertical bus and fiddle with the branch breaker.

    7 votes
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  3. Equipment Panel Description

    In the Panel Description dropdown, add "Equipment Callout + Description" to the list, in addition to "Same as Equipment Callout" and "Custom".

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  4. Improve combined homeruns

    Be able to combine homeruns with different wire sizes.

    Be able to combine homeruns from separate panels.

    Be able to display a full wire callout for combined circuit homeruns, including calculating the conduit size required for all the wires.

    28 votes
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  5. Default Groups

    Have the ability to define a default device group name. In multi-phase projects it would be helpful to be able to set a group name as the default instead of having DM go to the "General" group.

    3 votes
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  6. Low-voltage looping

    Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

    13 votes
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  7. Subfeed breakers

    Add specific support for subfeed breakers.

    Be able to set the number of subfeed breakers on a panel (similar to how the number of poles is currently set on a panel).

    Have the panel schedule update to document which breakers are subfeed. We likely would add a separator block between the branch circuit and subfeed breakers that you could customize. The default block would have a line across the schedule plus some text indicating branch circuit breakers above and subfeed below. You could then modify that as desired for your documentation purposes.

    34 votes
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  8. Backfeed Breakers

    Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

    3 votes
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  9. Circuiting layer dependent on device layer system

    DM's default circuit layer system can be determined by three different options: (1) same as distribution equipment, (2) new, and (3) existing. We'd like a fourth option that makes the circuit layer system match the circuit layer system of the device that's being circuited.

    For example, we're currently designing a job where we are installing new receptacles that are being fed from an existing panel. Our receptacle circuit callouts are coming up under the existing layer system (based off of the panel) instead of the new layer system (based off of the new receptacles). To address this, we changed the…

    3 votes
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  10. Add load column to receptacle schedule

    Add a column to the receptacle schedule to show the load on the receptacle.

    2 votes
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  11. Double neutral wire size for wires less than 1/0

    When a feeder neutral is doubled, DM simply adds a second neutral wire. NEC 310.10 does not allow this for wires less than 1/0. Update this calculation to correctly resize the wire when appropriate.

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  12. Define fixed load by phase

    When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

    2 votes
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  13. Default label locations in blocks

    Be able to specify locations for labels in blocks. When the labels are added to the block, they will be placed in the desired locations, rather than in the somewhat random default location they are currently placed in.

    9 votes
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  14. Electrical elevation label

    Create a label that will display the elevation of a device and update automatically when the elevation changes.

    3 votes
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  15. Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

    When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

    6 votes
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  16. Update impedances based upon conduit material

    Be able to automatically update the impedance in a wire based upon the conduit material type.

    Currently you have to create a separate wire configuration for each conduit material type.

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  17. Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

    Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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  18. Homerun Note

    Be able to add a note to a homerun callout.

    6 votes
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  19. please add a new column to the lighting fixture schedule for "KELVIN"

    ADD NEW COLUMN IN LIGHT FIXTURE SCHEDULE FOR "KELVIN"

    6 votes
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  20. Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

    DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

    14 votes
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