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. Spaces in Feeder Callouts

    Be able to display feeder callouts with spaces after commas, instead of having all the wire sizes right next to each other.

    Current Callout:
    2''C,2#3/0,#3/0N,#6G

    Desired Callout:
    2''C, 2#3/0, #3/0N, #6G

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    • Labeling diffuser cal louts with (TYP 2) if they are in the same room or near each other.

      When the same diffusers are located in the same room, it would be nice if there was an option to label one diffuser and then (TYP and then the quantity it applies to) as opposed to labeling each individual grille/diffuser. This would help clean up the drawings quite a bit from unneeded notations.

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      • Add option for multiple neck sizes under one diffuser tag in the schedule

        In the diffuser tag, add a spot to list the diffuser neck size (so the duct runout doesn't need to be labeled and will clean the drawings up). It would be nice if one diffuser tag can be used for various diffuser neck sizes, for instance, a CD-1 is more of a description of the diffuser type and model and a pull down with diffuser neck size would be input, then the schedule can list CD-1 with a line for quantity of each diffuser size. This would make creating a master schedule much simpler.

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        • Manufacturer Name field included within Notes Settings of distribution equipment

          It would be helpful when creating distribution equipment lists if there was an option for the manufacturer's name. Currently we have to use an unused Note key, rename the label for that key and then remember which Notes Setting corresponds to the list entry.

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          • 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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            • Duct Size Preview

              I would like to be able to have the duct size update on the plans (like a preview) without closing the dialog box.

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              • 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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                • Multiple Fault Schedules

                  I would like the ability to break out individual fault current schedule entries into separate groups based on the service connection or other arbitrary criteria. For example, in a project with three electrical services, the distribution equipment fault current associated with one service could be scheduled separately from the other two services. Design Master currently schedules all fault current schedule entries together. On projects with multiple services and dozens of distribution equipment entries, a method of showing specific fault current calculations in separate schedules would be invaluable.

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                  • Equipment Schedules

                    Allow for equipment schedules to be created by use, such as chiller, air handlers, pumps, etc. The schedule would be populated with equipment that is drawn by DM equipment command

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                    • Automatically add Diffuser Arrows for 1W, 2W, 3W & 4W

                      In the diffuser definition dialog box, designate whether it is a 1W, 2W, 3W or 4W diffuser, then attach that number of arrows. When placing the diffuser, allow the user to rotate the diffuser to align the appropriate air flow direction.

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                      • A copy function for identical floor plans in multi-level buildings would be a time saving idea to speed up drawing.

                        So that when I am working on a multilevel building all I would have to do is copy the floor plan from one identical level and placing it on the other matching levels then just rename the panels and circuit names, without duplicating the copied information on the original panels. Breaking its connection with the parent panel and giving a notification to reassign panel names.

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                        • Be able to create a panel schedule for existing loads not in model

                          I do a lot of remodel work and it would be nice to be able to fill out a panel schedule with existing load data from a hard copy of an existing panel schedule without have to actually put the loads in the model and then circuiting them.

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                          • Schedules

                            Having the ability to adjust the width of a schedule in the drawing model, instead of the schedule toolbox.

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                            • Better default panel clearances

                              Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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                              • Print Load Calculations: Have a Select All/Unselect All checkbox

                                When printing load calculations, have a Select All/Unselect All check box. It's a bit tedious to do manually.

                                7 votes
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                                • Equipment Database

                                  Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Add a hatch pattern to room definitions

                                    When defining rooms, it is often difficult to determine which rooms have been defined and which have not, if an area gets surrounded. Adding a hatch pattern on its own layer would make it much easier to determine if you've included all room definition areas.

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                                    • Separate column in the feeder schedule for the service grounding electrode conductor.

                                      The service ground does not get installed in the conduit with the service entrance conductors, so why is it shown just like all the other feeders where the equipment grounding conductor is installed with the feeder conductors. If you want the feature to show the GEC size, show it in a different column and show the feeder with no ground listed with the feeder conductors so its clear it is not in the conduit.

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                                      • Include "1" before single ground and neutral wires

                                        Add an option to include a "1" in the wire callout before single ground and neutral wires. Currently the wire size is listed with no count before it.

                                        Current wire callout:
                                        1/2"C, 1#12, #12N, #12G

                                        New wire callout:
                                        1/2"C, 1#12, 1#12N, 1#12G

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                                        • Electrical + HVAC for Revit in German with german norms

                                          We have a large Building design Industrie. And all Arch and Eng companies are now changing from AutoCad to Revit but there is no good Software on the market for engineers to calculate electrical or HVAC Systems. An app for Revit for both will make it all better and faster. The potential could be in the millions.

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