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. Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

    I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

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  2. Equipment circuit label should be near the equipment symbol--not the equipment label.

    We often turn off printing of equipment label/leader, and use a keynote number with arrow instead. But we have to move the circuit to the equipment symbol, because it ends up under the equipment label (which we are not printing).

    2 votes
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  3. Automatically Add "ON" prefix to homerun labels for which a homerun already exists.

    It is customary for circuits that are shared on opposite ends of a building or from one floor to the next to be identifed with multiple homerun symbols, with all but one of those homeruns labeled with "ON <Panel-Ckt>" rather than connecting with a loop. Currently, to do this, the homerun text itself must be modified, and this rarely works well because that text reverts back to the default <Panel-Ckt> text each time the circuits are updated.

    3 votes
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  4. 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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  5. Low-Voltage lighting systems - Transformers and light fixtures for 12 Volt and 24 Volt systems.

    Make possible not only the easy DM insertion of these devices onto the lighting plan but also the ability to account for these in the panel schedule and load calculations.

    4 votes
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  6. Button to reset equipment creation dialog to default values

    When you create equipment, the information from the last piece of equipment is remembered and filled in. Add a "Reset to Defaults" button to the create equipment dialog box that would clear the information and reset it to its original state.

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  7. Convert existing plines into a room, or photometric area calculation boundary

    I would like to be able to select an architect's or HVAC designer's room boundary pline to use for photometric calculations as opposed to having to redraw it. This would also come in handy for defining rooms, as well as egress lighting.

    1 vote
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  8. Redefine Panel Schedule Blocks

    Add a command to automatically erase and reinsert panel schedules so that attribute locations are updated correctly.

    Currently, you have to manually erase the schedule, redefine the block, and reinsert the schedule.

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  9. Current Limiting Panel

    For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

    2 votes
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  10. Add horsepower of individual loads on mcc schedules

    The MCC schedule doesn't have the ability to show horsepower values for the individual loads. This is important information for the MCC vendor for breaker and overload sizing.

    20 votes
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  11. Populate MCC Information Based upon Equipment

    The motor control center schedule includes several fields that could be populated from the information entered into the equipment connection devices. These include:

    Disconnect fuse size
    Starter NEMA size
    Starter type (ie, starter description)

    However, these fields do not populate automatically when the equipment connection devices are circuited to the motor control center. Is there a way to make the motor control center fields automatically pick this information from the equipment connection devices when they are circuited to a motor control center? Is there a way to override automatically populating the starter information into the motor control center when the…

    14 votes
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  12. Make circuit dialog box non-modal

    Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

    9 votes
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  13. Apply demand factors to loads by phase on panels

    NEC demand factors currently are calculated for the whole panel, not for each individual phase. It is possible to load one phase with a load type that has a demand factor (such as a kitchen load) and the other phases with load types that do not (such as continuous). The total load on the panel should account for these differences in demand factors by phase.

    6 votes
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  14. Custom circuit description for spaces with no breakers

    Have a custom circuit description that is automatically used when the breaker size is set to "None" for a circuit.

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  15. Break Loop Between Equipment and Disconnect

    Be able to break the loop going from an equipment connection to a disconnect.

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  16. 5-Wire Feeders

    Create feeders with a 5th wire (dedicated neutral) for computer/technology panels. These are typically routed to "K-Rated" dry-type transformers.

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  17. Custom Feeder or Wire Callouts

    Be able to custom the wire callouts used for feeders and branch circuits.

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  18. Size Transformer Feeders Differently than Other Feeders

    Allow transformer feeders to be sized using different size wires than other feeders. In particular, this would be for sizing 800A feeders. Normal panels can use 500kcmil wires, but transformers require 600kcmil.

    (The workaround for the moment is to use 500kcmil for your 800A automatic sizing and to manually size the transformers to 600kcmil.)

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  19. Highlight Footcandle Levels Below a Certain Level

    It would also be nice if foot candle levels less than a certain value could be a different color. This would make it easier to spot levels below a certain threshold, like fc levels for emergency egress lower limits.

    2 votes
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  20. Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

    It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

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