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. Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

    DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

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  2. please add a new column to the lighting fixture schedule for "KELVIN"

    ADD NEW COLUMN IN LIGHT FIXTURE SCHEDULE FOR "KELVIN"

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  3. Subfeed Breakers on Panels

    Add a feature to handle subfeed breakers on panels.

    Currently, the workaround is to add additional poles to your panel and use those for the subfeed and mark the ones on the other side as unusable.

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  4. 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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  5. Homerun from non-circuited devices

    We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

    We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

    10 votes
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  6. Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

    Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

    2 votes
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  7. Light Fixture Settings - Different Blocks

    The ability to define an egress fixture as the same fixture/block as the normal fixtures, with an option to turn a hatch on/off to differentiate. Similar to in Revit, where you can set an instance parameter and check it to turn fixtures into the egress blocks. The fixture type stays the same, only the visible block changes.

    27 votes
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  8. 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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  9. Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

    Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

    The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

    It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

    1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

    Breaker Frame (AF)
    Breaker trip (AT)
    Breaker plug size (AP)*

    Long-time pickup (LTPU)
    Long-time delay (LTD)
    Short-time pickup (STPU) …

    6 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

    Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

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  13. 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…

    72 votes
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  14. 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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  15. 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.

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  16. 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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  17. Track which panel schedules are inserted on drawings

    Keep track of which panel schedules are inserted on all the drawings in a project. Be able to check and confirm there is a schedule inserted for each drawing on a project.

    The goal for this feature is quality control on large projects as panels are added and deleted.

    3 votes
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  18. Recurring Low Voltage Panel

    Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

    2 votes
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  19. Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

    Be able to enable or disable the wire callout on a homerun on a circuit-by-circuit basis.

    3 votes
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