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. The ability to easily copy all pipes including risers to other drawings.

    Would be great to be able to copy all piping, including risers to other drawings. Even if you had the option to change risers to pipe I think it would be helpful and save time from having to chase down and draw all the risers a second time.

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    • Premade fixture blocks

      Premade blocks similar to what is used in both HVAC and Electrical could be inserted into the drawing with predefined fixture units. The fixture units would be stored into multiple headings with IPC and UPC fixture units. The connections would be there with predetermined heights as well.

      26 votes
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      • lighting report

        Provide a check box in the Building Room dialog box to NOT include the room in the lighting report.

        I have a job where I need room names to generate the names for the receptacle circuits in the panel schedule, but don't want the rooms to show up in the Indoor Lighting Levels report.

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        • Equipment and Receptacle Short Circuit Calculations

          Add the ability to select a checkbox for receptacles and equipment so that short circuit calculations are included for that device.

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          • 28 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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              • Highlight Duct Sizes That Changed After Resizing Ductwork

                For large sprawling duct systems it is difficult to monitor all the duct sizes that change. When you calculate and redraw a single branch, all the ducts are erased and redrawn. This makes it difficult to know which duct sizes changed and which stayed the same.

                17 votes
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                • Provide Minumum air flow calculations

                  If the minimum air flow is set in the calculation bases on a parameter such as air change rate, cfm/sq ft or a set cfm it would be nice to have that as a column in the calculation output.

                  5 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.

                    64 votes
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                    • 8 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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                        • Remember Location of Dialog Boxes

                          When a dialog box is moved, remember the location so that the next time it is opened, it is displayed in the same location.

                          4 votes
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                          • Add an option to the "Duct: Edit Multiple" dialog that allows users to choose whether to preserve duct endpoint connections or not.

                            So if I query and individual duct section and change the elevation of either end, the ducts the ends are connected to also change elevation to preserve the connection between the endpoints. If I "edit multiple" on several duct sections and change the endpoint elevations, the other duct sections connected at those points do not change elevation to preserve the connection. Sometimes, changing the elevation of one endpoint without keeping any other endpoints attached is what I want, and sometimes I wish the connections were all preserved. I think there should be a drop-down, a radio button, or something on…

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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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                              • Number Circuits Sequentially in Panels

                                Allow panels to have the circuits in them numbered sequentially, rather than split odd and even.

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                                • Pipe breaks caused by only one set of pipes

                                  Our plumbing drawings will typically be drawn with supply and drainage on the same drawing. It would be helpful if only the drainage piping caused breaks with drainage piping and the supply piping with only the supply piping. Additionally we place venting on a separate layer. I am thinking that you could place different pipe types into different categories and they would only affect pipe breaks on pipes in their category.

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                                  • Object Enabler for Navisworks

                                    Create an object enabler for Navisworks to allow the 3D ductwork, pipes, conduit, and cable tray to be viewed directly from the DWG without requiring it to be exported to an IFC file.

                                    11 votes
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                                    • Device Count

                                      I have noticed that when equipment connections use receptacles or toggle switches, these devices are not included in the device count on the respective device schedules. Can DM be modified to included these devices in the count? This issue has created some confusion on some projects.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Diffuser Insertion at Corner (for Ceiling Grids)

                                        Have the option to insert diffusers at the corner of the diffuser, not the center. This change would assist in placing diffusers properly in ceiling grids.

                                        48 votes
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                                        • Fire Alarms

                                          Add better support for fire alarm system design.

                                          Various improvements related to this suggestion include:

                                          Add 12V, 14V, 16V, 18V and 24V DC device support for Fire Alarm Systems

                                          Change loads from KVA to mA or even VA. Two load types should be
                                          available, standby power and alarm power for each FA device.

                                          Add ability for wiring such as 24, 22, 18, 16, and 14 awg.

                                          Add ability to perform standby and alarm battery ampere-hour
                                          calculations.

                                          Display length, current, voltage, and voltage drop for each circuit.

                                          Have fire alarm panels with appropriate attributes, such as alarm time, standby time, battery…

                                          63 votes
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