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. 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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    • Add a hatch pattern to room definitions

      When defining rooms, it is often difficult to determine which rooms have been defined and which have not, if an area gets surrounded. Adding a hatch pattern on its own layer would make it much easier to determine if you've included all room definition areas.

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      • 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.

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        • 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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          • Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

            Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

            For example, if you have a circuit like this:

            <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

            It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

            P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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            • 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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              • Better default panel clearances

                Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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                • Copy distribution panels from job to job in multi-story buildings to serve lease space panels.

                  We do a lot of design work in multi-story buildings that require us to show distribution panels on one-lines with load info. Right now I have to create the DPin each job. I would like to be able to copy from job to job with existing loads.

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                  • 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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                    • Show schedule notes on last column when schedule is split

                      Currently if a schedule has a "Maximum Schedule Height" set the schedule notes are placed at the bottom of the first column. It would be better to place them at the bottom of the last column (or at least have an option to place them there) since the last column is often shorter than the others.

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                      • 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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                        • A copy function for identical floor plans in multi-level buildings would be a time saving idea to speed up drawing.

                          So that when I am working on a multilevel building all I would have to do is copy the floor plan from one identical level and placing it on the other matching levels then just rename the panels and circuit names, without duplicating the copied information on the original panels. Breaking its connection with the parent panel and giving a notification to reassign panel names.

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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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                            • Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

                              Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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                              • Custom Transformer Impedance and XR Ratio

                                Be able to create a custom table of impedance and XR ratio values for transformers based upon the kVA. Currently the default values are fixed. If you always use different values, you have to manually change them every time.

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                                • Allow the option to add circuiting to fixture callout

                                  Allow the option to put the circuit number or control designation in the bottom of the fixture callout in place of the lamp info.

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                                  • Error Checking

                                    Provide a simple error checking routine that will look at panel loads and compare them to wire sizes and ratings of upstream breakers. This could be a simple table like voltage drop and fault currents where out of range values are shown in a different font type.

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                                    • 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…

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                                      • Before & After Model

                                        Develop a simple way to build and manage a "before" and "after" model of an electrical distribution system for renovation and build-out projects.

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                                        • 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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