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. Redundant Ground

    Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

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    • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

      Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

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      • ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

        DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
        CAMERA
        MOTION SENSOR
        CARD READER
        KEYPAD

        JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

        3 votes
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        • Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

          Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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          • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

            I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

            6 votes
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            • Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

              Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

              One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

              3 votes
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              • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • 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.

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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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                          • 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.

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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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                              • Find Unlooped Devices

                                A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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                                • More MCC Stater Sizes

                                  Is it possible to modify the list of standard starter sizes to include VFD, Soft Switch, etc? Or even to choose 'None' and just type it in the Description field?

                                  I've used the ddedit command on the MCC schedule inserted into the drawing to manually modify it, but if anybody does a coordination this will be lost.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • lighting report

                                    Provide a check box in the Building Room dialog box to NOT include the room in the lighting report.

                                    I have a job where I need room names to generate the names for the receptacle circuits in the panel schedule, but don't want the rooms to show up in the Indoor Lighting Levels report.

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                                    • Add More Fields for Panel, Transformer, and Other One-Line Device Lists

                                      Add more fields, such as NEMA rating, and general schedule notes, for lists of one-line devices.

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                                      • Add a "match circuit" command.

                                        Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

                                        25 votes
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                                        • Provide a default voltage for the panels in a project.

                                          Add a check box to set the voltage for a building. If a building is 120/240, then checking a box will set the default for panels, equipment, etc to 120/240v instead of 120/2083p4w.

                                          4 votes
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