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. Device Count

    I have noticed that when equipment connections use receptacles or toggle switches, these devices are not included in the device count on the respective device schedules. Can DM be modified to included these devices in the count? This issue has created some confusion on some projects.

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    • Fire Alarms

      Add better support for fire alarm system design.

      Various improvements related to this suggestion include:

      Add 12V, 14V, 16V, 18V and 24V DC device support for Fire Alarm Systems

      Change loads from KVA to mA or even VA. Two load types should be
      available, standby power and alarm power for each FA device.

      Add ability for wiring such as 24, 22, 18, 16, and 14 awg.

      Add ability to perform standby and alarm battery ampere-hour
      calculations.

      Display length, current, voltage, and voltage drop for each circuit.

      Have fire alarm panels with appropriate attributes, such as alarm time, standby time, battery…

      59 votes
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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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        • 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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          • Edit Multiple Types of Devices

            Create an "Edit Multiple" command to works on all types of devices. Include only attributes that are common to all types of devices: layer system, elevation.

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            • Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

              Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

              169 votes
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              • Make all Panel/Device selections drop downs

                Some windows allow you to choose a panel or device (receptacle, lvd, light, etc) by a drop down box. Others require you to slowly click next/previous. It would be great if all the next/previous windows were converted to the drop down box.

                I feel the benefits are pretty obvious.

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                • SKM Power Tools

                  Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

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                  • 224 votes
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                    • Copy and Increment Across Drawings

                      Improve the "Copy and Increment" command to work across drawings. Make it easier to move everything from one panel to a different panel on the copied devices.

                      4 votes
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                      • Show conduit runs with schedules

                        Be able to show conduits feeder runs on their own layer with up and down riser symbols. Then be able to create a conduit schedule.

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                        • Load on circuit by type

                          Display load assigned to each load type on a circuit.

                          Note that this would be implemented as total load on the circuit for each type. It would not be broken down by phase.

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