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. When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

    When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

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  2. Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

    Add wiring and symbols for manufactured wiring systems (NEC 604), MWS, Reloc etc

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  3. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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.

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  8. Query Low Voltage Device

    Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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  9. 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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  10. 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.

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  11. 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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  12. 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 tick marks would then show up in…

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  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. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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