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. Paralleling Switchgear Support

    Would be very helpful to be able to be able to have multiple sources connect to the same bus. We have had numerous situations where we have had Geneva type switches, multiple kirk-key input as well as paralleling switchgear situations where we were unable to find a "work-around" using this software. This is becoming especially common with ConEdison now permitting the paralleling of electrical sources.

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      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

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

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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Excel Add In

        Can we change the way that the low voltage devices, switches, and equipment are handled so that they can be exported in the same manner as the light fixtures and receptacles?

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          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Set room boundaries to also be light-obstructing rectangles for photometric analysis

          It duplicates work to trace the boundaries of all rooms for energy analysis and circuit naming, then have to trace all the rooms again for photometric analysis. This would likely require the addition of a 'door' object to define places where light-obstructing boundaries would be ignored

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            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Erase Note - multiple

            Select multiple devices and delete all custom notes (not fixture callouts) attached to them.
            The "Match Device Label Locations" command can add many callouts at once, but there does not seem to be a way to easily delete multiple callouts.
            This would be especially useful when adding lights to a circuit that already contains lights. Running “Draw Homerun And Loops" would erase a lot of my work, so I usually delete all the circuit callouts manually before drawing loops manually.
            If this feature already exists, please make it easier to find.

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              medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

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                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Tick marks for more than 1-pole, wire callouts for > #12

                  Add another option to "Homerun wire callouts and tick marks" labeled "Tick marks for more than 1-pole , wire callouts for > #12".

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                    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • add sub-script option for junction boxes

                    Add subscript for junctions boxes like you did for low voltage devices.

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                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • For Energy Code compliance, the light Fixture Schedule should include a subtotal of watts for each fixture type, and a total of watts for al

                      For Energy Code compliance, the light Fixture Schedule should include a subtotal of watts for each fixture type, and a total of watts for all the fixtures on the posted schedule. That will help expedite the Lighting Power Density calculations required for Energy Code Compliance.

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                        medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Automatically Add "ON" prefix to homerun labels for which a homerun already exists.

                        It is customary for circuits that are shared on opposite ends of a building or from one floor to the next to be identifed with multiple homerun symbols, with all but one of those homeruns labeled with "ON <Panel-Ckt>" rather than connecting with a loop. Currently, to do this, the homerun text itself must be modified, and this rarely works well because that text reverts back to the default <Panel-Ckt> text each time the circuits are updated.

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                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Recurring Low Voltage Panel

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

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                            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Aim Lamps Separately for Emergency Fixtures

                            For fixtures used in the outdoor and egress point-by-point photometrics with two lamps, we need to aim the lamp independently for correct photometrics.

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                              medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Define fixed load by phase

                              When defining fixed load on a panel schedule allow entry of per phase loads on two and three phase circuits in stead of lumped loads, i.e., on 2-pole circuit be able specify a load for phase A and B on any of the demand categories.

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                                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Equipment circuit label should be near the equipment symbol--not the equipment label.

                                We often turn off printing of equipment label/leader, and use a keynote number with arrow instead. But we have to move the circuit to the equipment symbol, because it ends up under the equipment label (which we are not printing).

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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Count devices connected to recurring panels

                                  Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

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                                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Default elevations for all electrical devices

                                      You can specific a default elevation for light fixtures in the schedule. Expand this functionality to all types of electrical devices.

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                                      • 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 →
                                        • Calculate General and Egress Photometrics in Same Boundary

                                          It would be nice if we didn't need to create two photometric calculation areas. It would be great if one calc area could work for both general and egress calcs.

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