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. Custom Feeder or Wire Callouts

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

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    • 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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      • 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.

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        • 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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          • Calculate General and Egress Photometrics in Same Boundary

            It would be nice if we didn't need to create two photometric calculation areas. It would be great if one calc area could work for both general and egress calcs.

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            • Demolition Layer Devices

              I do not feel that the schedules should show counts for devices like receptacles and computer outlets that are on a demolition layer.

              10 votes
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              • New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

                Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

                8 votes
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                • Loop Feed Transformer

                  Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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                  • Tick Marks on Switches in Parallel

                    Handle tick marks on switches in parallel correctly.

                    One use for this is multiple occupancy sensors in which case if any one switch is on the lights will be one. Each switch requires a hot and neutral as well as the switched leg.

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                    • Add DC

                      For modeling complete solar systems.

                      3 votes
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                      • Set number of spare breakers

                        Add an option to require a set number of spare breakers on every panel. The other breakers in the panel would be listed as spaces.

                        11 votes
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                        • More customization for equipment callouts

                          Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                          Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                          See images on this forum post for examples:
                          http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                          If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

                          6 votes
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                          • Different Layers for New and Existing Items in Schedules

                            Use different layers for new and existing circuits in panel schedules or new and existing equipment in equipment schedules.

                            3 votes
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                            • Having the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size.

                              Add the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size for adjustable trip breakers.

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                              • Total Load in Project

                                Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

                                I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

                                What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

                                A consideration…

                                20 votes
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                                • add medium voltage conductors as an option when sizing conduits.

                                  MV conductor insulation is much larger so you cannot get as many conductors inside a conduit. if you're using design master to calculate your feeder conduits it will be incorrect over 600v. I don't believe this is readily apparent now.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Export Equipment List to Excel

                                    Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

                                    50 votes
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                                    • 1 vote
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                                      • Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

                                        We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

                                        Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Selected device type to find that are uncircuited

                                          Often I circuit items by device type, such as equipment first, then general receptacles, and finally lighting. Sometimes I only show the light fixtures or site lighting but don't ever circuit them as a lighting designer is taking that part of the contract. So under either situation if the symbols have already been placed and I do the “Highlight Uncircuited Devices” command, I get so many lines going all over the place that I can't find out which receptacles I haven't circuited. It would be nice under the Highlight Uncircuited Devices label you have a sub-selection of: Receptacle, Lights, Equipment,…

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