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. Copy panel and loads to new project

    Be able to copy panels and other distribution from one project to another. The loads on the panel will be created as fixed loads in the new project.

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    • Low-voltage looping

      Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

      12 votes
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      • Loop devices with polylines

        DesignMaster currently loops devices using arcs. We'd like an option to change looping from using arcs to use polylines (we differentiate between MC cable and conduits with arcs and polylines, respectively). Ideally these polylines would offset themselves similar to how feeder polylines are offset during one-line generation.

        4 votes
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        • 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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          • Electrical Symbol Legend

            Add a Schedule of all blocks used in the project. This could be used a Symbol Legend for the Project.

            65 votes
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            • Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

              Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

              I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

              I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

              9 votes
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              • Insert Devices via command line

                Be able to insert a receptacle/device without picking it from the 'Insert Receptacle' form. A command followed by the device name would prompt the user to place the receptacle like they just clicked "OK" after selecting a device.

                4 votes
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                • A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

                  A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

                  6 votes
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                  • Multi text search

                    implement Multi-Text search through out the menus.

                    So for example when searching through the Insert Receptacle menu and in my case we have several thousand pieces of equipment. if the equipment is called 'RX99S' instead of just allowing us to hit 'R' and starting us off at the beginning of the list of 'R' equipment allow us to type out 'RX99S' and design master go straight to the piece of equipment. this is a very simple change to the code in design master and would save tons of time on projects.

                    20 votes
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                    • Change Voltage of Project

                      Be able to change voltage of a completed project for 208V to 240V and keep everything connected and circuited.

                      11 votes
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                      • Device Circuiting - More options than just a loop.

                        We do a lot of low voltage design, and when we circuit on the drawings, the only option for circuiting is a loop. With multiple low voltage systems on one drawing (door locks, intercoms, CCTV, access control, RFID, duress alarms, paging, etc.), looped circuiting looks messy and can be confusing. It would be nice to have other types of circuiting available that is more linear.

                        4 votes
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                        • Convert panel schedules to tables

                          Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

                          3 votes
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                          • Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

                            I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

                            2 votes
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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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                              • Current Limiting Panel

                                For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

                                2 votes
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                                • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

                                  Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Add DC

                                    For modeling complete solar systems.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

                                      We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

                                      Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Low Voltage Homerun With Keynote

                                        On low voltage systems drawings (Fire Alarm, Security, CCTV) we treat homeruns differently than power and lighting homeruns. We do not use the circuit label, wire callout, or tick marks, but rather we use a keynote. If there was a “keynote homerun”, it would save us the time spent removing the wire call-out every time we create low voltage homerun.

                                        9 votes
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                                        • Selective Coordination

                                          Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

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