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. Use Branch Circuit as Main Breaker for Panel

    need a way for a branch breaker to serve as the main in a panelboard and allow it to connect on the oneline

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    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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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  3. Handle LED Lighting Better

    Calculate the load based upon the length and the remote transformers.

    15 votes
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  4. Minimum panel clearance width

    For panels smaller than 30" width, increase the panel clearance width to 30" automatically.

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  5. Support feeder calcs for track lighting

    See NEC 220.43(B). The connected load for the branch circuit is the sum of the wattage of the connected light fixtures. The demand load is an additional 150VA per foot. I would like a place to enter the number of feet of track on a branch circuit so the demand load is calculated correctly in the load summary. We currently accomplish this through a 'Variable Caclulated Load', but it might be more intuitive if there is a 'Length Variable Demand' option. Thank you.

    2 votes
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  7. Multiple Switch Legs on a Single Switch

    Allow a single switch to have multiple switch legs associated with it. Currently we require a separate switch for each switch leg.

    26 votes
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  8. 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.

    1 vote
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  9. Equipment and Receptacle Short Circuit Calculations

    Add the ability to select a checkbox for receptacles and equipment so that short circuit calculations are included for that device.

    1 vote
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  10. Add Sections to Panels

    Define how many breakers are in each section of panel. This would be used when creating a 84 circuit panel that is made up of 2 sections, each with 42 circuits.

    For the panel schedule, include a separator between the sections.

    When circuiting, do not allow 2 or 3 pole circuits to span the two sections.

    22 votes
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  11. Number Circuits Sequentially in Panels

    Allow panels to have the circuits in them numbered sequentially, rather than split odd and even.

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  12. More options for panel callouts, circuit labels, and homerun callouts

    Add the ability to specify a prefix or suffix for panel callouts when inserting them on the drawing. For example, be able to label them NEW PANEL 'LA' rather than simple LA.

    Also be able to replace the panel name with a different value in the circuit callout. This feature would be used when the panel name is very long.

    Also be able to leave the panel name off entirely and list just the circuit number in the homerun label. This feature would be used when there is only one panel in an area.

    12 votes
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  13. Export the luminaire schedule into excel

    I have lighting reps ask me all the time for an excel spreadsheet of our luminaire schedule. It would be helpful to export our luminaire schedule into excel.

    14 votes
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  14. 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.

    3 votes
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  15. 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.

    67 votes
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  16. 1 vote
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  17. 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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  18. 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.

    3 votes
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  19. Photovoltaic Design

    Add features to support PV design, such as inverters, combiners, and a string calculator.

    7 votes
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  20. 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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