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. Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

    High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

    Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

    12 votes
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    • Improve Indoor Lighting Level Report

      Add "Allowed Watts / SF" as a field to rooms.

      Add "Allowed Watts / SF" and "Total Allowed Watts" as columns to the indoor lighting schedule.

      Add a "Totals" row at the bottom that totals the area, allowed watts, and computed watts.

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      • 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.

        10 votes
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        • Photometric calculation schedule

          I would like to suggest that the photometric calculation schedule be a combined schedule for all rooms instead of a dedicated schedule for each single room/space (or both options be available). We are typically asked to provide a single schedule that lists the room/space name in the first column and then the various footcandle columns.

          4 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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              • Lighting loads - additional options

                I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.

                1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

                Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting…

                6 votes
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                • Layer Control Commands for Photometrics

                  It would be nice if you could add layer control commands for the associated photometric calculation layers (both general and egress) to turn them on and off like you have for room layers and duct centerlines. The boundaries, foot candles and contours can really clutter up the drawing. Also make it so that when you need to run a general or egress calculation the respective layers will turn back on automatically.

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                  • Existing Loads & Metered Demand

                    Include, in options, the ability to not include existing (layered) items in panel, feeder, and service calculations. I'd like to enter the load to keep track of it, but have the ability to exclude it from the load calculations since "existing" would be included in the metered demand load.

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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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                      • Generator Load Calculations

                        Calculate generator loads correctly, mostly by being able to specify that certain loads should not be included in the generator load.

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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.

                          3 votes
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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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                            • 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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                              • Load Calculations for Welders

                                Add support for calculating loads based upon NEC 630 Electric Welders.

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                                • Quick change between tick mark configurations in "Insert Tick Marks" command

                                  Add some way to quickly change between tick mark configurations in the "Insert Tick Mark" command. Either templates that the user creates, or a set of commonly used configurations.

                                  If you do vote for this, it would be helpful for you to leave a comment listing most common configuration of tick marks you use.

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                                  • Be able to move light fixture callout during fixture insertion

                                    After inserting a light fixture, prompt for the location of the light fixture callout. This feature exists for the callout style that is not directly linked to the fixture. The request is to make it work for callouts that are part of the fixture.

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                                    • Wrap wire size text on panel schedules

                                      Add the ability for wire size callouts on the panel schedule to wrap if they get too long, similar to how circuit description wrap.

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                                      • Export schedules to excel

                                        My estimators are always asking me if they can get my fixture or panel schedules in an excel format.

                                        31 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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