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. Fan coils and splits that are electrically fed via heat pump.

    It would be nice if we could define a heat pump as a piece of equipment but have a second piece of equipment like a ductless split or fan coil either as a secondary part of that equipment that can be placed on a separate drawing (or a different part of the same drawing) or if we could link them in some way. The goal would be that once you circuit the heat pump, the same circuit would automatically be assigned to the fan coil which may or may not have an additional load. Then when drawing a homerun from…

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  2. Add a 'Find All Circuits on Drawing' command similar to the 'Find Circuit on Drawing'

    This command would be invoked from the panel circuiting dialog box, and would highlight all circuits fed from a particular panel.

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  3. Customization of circuiting callouts

    In circuiting callouts, allow the dash to be replaced by a custom string.

    Example: Default circuiting callout is L1A-1,3,5. Allow us to make it say L1A: 1,3,5 or L1A CKT 1,3,5.

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  4. Import/Export Electrical Equipment Schedule Excel

    It would be a huge time saver to be able to Export a project electrical equipment schedule into excel for quick data entry and then import back into DM/Autocad. Entering a large list of kitchen equipment can be tedious. Being able to do this in excel would be quicker. The import/export functionality could be similar to how DM handles the layers for the standards database. Alternatively, listing the equipment as a table with aligned rows/columns would be equally efficient.

    3 votes
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  5. 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.

    7 votes
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  6. 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.

    4 votes
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  7. Copy panel and loads to new project

    Be able to copy panels and other distribution from one project to another. The loads on the panel will be created as fixed loads in the new project.

    7 votes
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  8. Low-voltage looping

    Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

    13 votes
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  9. Electrical Symbol Legend

    Add a Schedule of all blocks used in the project. This could be used a Symbol Legend for the Project.

    79 votes
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  10. 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

    3 votes
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  11. 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.

    3 votes
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  12. 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.

    3 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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.

    3 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

    Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

    17 votes
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  18. 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.

    4 votes
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  19. Export Equipment List to Excel

    Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

    53 votes
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  20. 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.

    13 votes
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