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. Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

    Automatically upsize branch circuit wires when necessary because of voltage drop.

    146 votes
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    • 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.

      63 votes
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      • Add multiple circuits to a single piece of equipment (ie. HVAC) one for each load.

        Some HVAC and other pieces of equipment require multiple circuits for multiple loads inside each unit. Currently I have to create 2 pieces of equipment with the individual loads, overlay them, then circuit them.

        41 votes
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        • Subfeed breakers

          Add specific support for subfeed breakers.

          Be able to set the number of subfeed breakers on a panel (similar to how the number of poles is currently set on a panel).

          Have the panel schedule update to document which breakers are subfeed. We likely would add a separator block between the branch circuit and subfeed breakers that you could customize. The default block would have a line across the schedule plus some text indicating branch circuit breakers above and subfeed below. You could then modify that as desired for your documentation purposes.

          33 votes
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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.

            30 votes
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            • Improve combined homeruns

              Be able to combine homeruns with different wire sizes.

              Be able to combine homeruns from separate panels.

              Be able to display a full wire callout for combined circuit homeruns, including calculating the conduit size required for all the wires.

              28 votes
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              • 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.

                25 votes
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                • 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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                  • Add horsepower of individual loads on mcc schedules

                    The MCC schedule doesn't have the ability to show horsepower values for the individual loads. This is important information for the MCC vendor for breaker and overload sizing.

                    20 votes
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                    • Populate MCC Information Based upon Equipment

                      The motor control center schedule includes several fields that could be populated from the information entered into the equipment connection devices. These include:

                      Disconnect fuse size
                      Starter NEMA size
                      Starter type (ie, starter description)

                      However, these fields do not populate automatically when the equipment connection devices are circuited to the motor control center. Is there a way to make the motor control center fields automatically pick this information from the equipment connection devices when they are circuited to a motor control center? Is there a way to override automatically populating the starter information into the motor control center when the…

                      14 votes
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                      • 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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                        • 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.

                          14 votes
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                          • Handle LED Lighting Better

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

                            13 votes
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                            • add medium voltage conductors as an option when sizing conduits.

                              MV conductor insulation is much larger so you cannot get as many conductors inside a conduit. if you're using design master to calculate your feeder conduits it will be incorrect over 600v. I don't believe this is readily apparent now.

                              13 votes
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                              • Circuit loops broken into two

                                When you loop from one device to another, be able to select that loop and break it in to two loops that can each individually be moved or broke. This way we can have "S" loops.

                                DM Note: When we implement this, it will probably be by allowing you to insert a loop using a pline. This will allow you to insert the loop however you want without any restrictions.

                                13 votes
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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • Select automatic conduit based on Type

                                      When selecting conduit I want to be able to select the feeder as schedule 80 so that the only size option would be based on schedule 80. Then on another feeder I could select EMT for my circuits and the only option for auto sizing would be based on EMT. Finally, I would then have the option of adding the type to my one-lines and a conduit schedule.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • Set number of spare breakers

                                        Add an option to require a set number of spare breakers on every panel. The other breakers in the panel would be listed as spaces.

                                        11 votes
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                                        • Keep Tick Marks on Broken Circuits

                                          When a circuit is broken, keep tick marks inserted on one of the halves.

                                          10 votes
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