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. 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 →
    • 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.

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

          4 votes
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            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Voltage Drop Based upon Connected or Other Load

                Be able to specify that the voltage drop on a feeder should be based upon the connected or other load, rather than the calculated load.

                One example of a use for this feature is a piece of equipment that serves a single motor. You want the voltage drop for the connected load of the motor, rather than the calculate load, which will be 125% of the motor load.

                10 votes
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                  medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Label homeruns with feeder IDs

                  Label homeruns using feeder IDs like those used in the one-line diagram instead of full text wire callouts.

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

                    34 votes
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                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • On a one-line diagram, a vertical bus panel should have horizontal branch breakers--NOT vertical!

                      When you generate a one-line diagram, if you have panels that have a vertical bus, their branch breakers end up at the bottom of the bus and are vertical. The look like main breakers--not branch breakers. A work around for this is for every vertical bus panel, generate a riser diagram starting with that panel. Even this work around is not perfect, as you have to resize the vertical bus and fiddle with the branch breaker.

                      7 votes
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                        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Show schedule notes on last column when schedule is split

                        Currently if a schedule has a "Maximum Schedule Height" set the schedule notes are placed at the bottom of the first column. It would be better to place them at the bottom of the last column (or at least have an option to place them there) since the last column is often shorter than the others.

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

                          Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

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                            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

                            When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

                            6 votes
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                              medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  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.

                              2 votes
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                                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

                                  Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

                                  For example, if you have a circuit like this:

                                  <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

                                  It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

                                  P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

                                    For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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                                      medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

                                      Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

                                      5 votes
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                                        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

                                        Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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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.

                                          3 votes
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