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. Erase Note - multiple

    Select multiple devices and delete all custom notes (not fixture callouts) attached to them.
    The "Match Device Label Locations" command can add many callouts at once, but there does not seem to be a way to easily delete multiple callouts.
    This would be especially useful when adding lights to a circuit that already contains lights. Running “Draw Homerun And Loops" would erase a lot of my work, so I usually delete all the circuit callouts manually before drawing loops manually.
    If this feature already exists, please make it easier to find.

    3 votes
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  2. Paralleling Switchgear Support

    Would be very helpful to be able to be able to have multiple sources connect to the same bus. We have had numerous situations where we have had Geneva type switches, multiple kirk-key input as well as paralleling switchgear situations where we were unable to find a "work-around" using this software. This is becoming especially common with ConEdison now permitting the paralleling of electrical sources.

    3 votes
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  3. Multiple Fault Schedules

    I would like the ability to break out individual fault current schedule entries into separate groups based on the service connection or other arbitrary criteria. For example, in a project with three electrical services, the distribution equipment fault current associated with one service could be scheduled separately from the other two services. Design Master currently schedules all fault current schedule entries together. On projects with multiple services and dozens of distribution equipment entries, a method of showing specific fault current calculations in separate schedules would be invaluable.

    3 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    18 votes
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  7. 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.

    4 votes
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  8. 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.

    53 votes
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  9. 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.

    14 votes
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  10. Voltage Drop Based upon Connected or Other Load

    Be able to specify that the voltage drop on a feeder should be based upon the connected or other load, rather than the calculated load.

    One example of a use for this feature is a piece of equipment that serves a single motor. You want the voltage drop for the connected load of the motor, rather than the calculate load, which will be 125% of the motor load.

    10 votes
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  11. Label homeruns with feeder IDs

    Label homeruns using feeder IDs like those used in the one-line diagram instead of full text wire callouts.

    4 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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.

    1 vote
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  16. Import single piece of equipment

    Currently, the "Import Equipment from Another Project" command imports all the equipment. Update that function to allow you to choose specific pieces of equipment to import.

    4 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Backfeed Breakers

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

    3 votes
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  20. 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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