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. Choose Fittings Used In Pressure Drop Calculations

    Add the ability to choose the specific fitting type used when calculating pressure drop in duct systems. Currently, the fitting type is fixed.

    3 votes
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    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Breaker Using Twice as Many Spaces

    Many breaker panels of old and of new has the ability to put a single, two, or three pole breaker in that takes twice as many spaces as normal. Example is I have a panel I have to represent that has a 2 pole breaker that takes position 36-38 and 40-42. It also has a 3 pole breaker in it that take 24-26,28-30,32-34. I have no way of circuiting the device and still have it on phase A, B, and C.

    8 votes
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    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Device information on hover

    When you hover (or float) your mouse over a DM device, display information about that device in a tooltip.

    For DM Electrical, possible information would include callout and circuit number

    1 vote
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  4. When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

    When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

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  5. please show velocity and PD/100ft

    by showing velocity and PD/100ft on a check layer, engineers could check work and easily scan and review a job for errors.

    8 votes
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  6. Selective Coordination

    Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

    9 votes
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  7. Add Static Regain that balances duct system correctly

    Current Static Regain calculation does not seem to calc and size ducts to balance system. The static regain should balance the system where the ducts split.

    2 votes
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  8. put alternating shading on successive rows in outputted html tables/reports

    For example, when I print an HVAC load calculation report, the many row entries can be difficult to follow visually across the screen. This obviously won't be useful in absolutely every case, but an option to have a little bgcolor="#EEEEEE" every other line would be awesome.

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  9. Handle LED Lighting Better

    Calculate the load based upon the length and the remote transformers.

    15 votes
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  10. 10 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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

    2 votes
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  12. Find Unlooped Devices

    A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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    low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Error Checking

    Provide a simple error checking routine that will look at panel loads and compare them to wire sizes and ratings of upstream breakers. This could be a simple table like voltage drop and fault currents where out of range values are shown in a different font type.

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  14. Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

    Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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  15. Multiple Switch Legs on a Single Switch

    Allow a single switch to have multiple switch legs associated with it. Currently we require a separate switch for each switch leg.

    26 votes
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  16. 2 votes
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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Remember Zone Tree Settings

    Remember which zones are opened and closed in the zone tree dialog box when you open and close it.

    3 votes
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  18. Define data base location in directory other than project directory.

    Give us the ability to specify directory location for the project data base rather than being forced to have the data base in the project directory. In a multi-tenant project if each tenant space is in a separate sub-directory you have to copy the building master data base to each sub-directory in order to work on that space. It is difficult to keep track of which tenant space has the most up to date project data base. In an earlier version of Designmaster, we had the ability to look for the data base in a directory above the specific project…

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  19. More MCC Stater Sizes

    Is it possible to modify the list of standard starter sizes to include VFD, Soft Switch, etc? Or even to choose 'None' and just type it in the Description field?

    I've used the ddedit command on the MCC schedule inserted into the drawing to manually modify it, but if anybody does a coordination this will be lost.

    3 votes
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  20. Variable Pressure Drop for Diffusers

    Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop for every scenario over inflates the pressure calcs. This is very important for low-pressure systems with low static terminal units such as ducted VRF and Fan Coil Units that max out at .25". Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop of say, .1" for air devices make it difficult to design low static systems accurately.

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