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. Be able to add disconnects to equipment so they work similar to Design Master Electrical in AutoCAD

    We need a way to link two family instances together so that when you update one of the instances it updates the other.

    8 votes
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    • One-Line Export to Drafting Views

      If there was a way to have the export of one line diagrams go to drafting views instead of populating external dwgs?

      16 votes
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        I won’t say never, because that’s what we originally said about ever doing anything for Revit at all, and look where we are. However, this request is very unlikely. Using all the power of AutoCAD, we just barely are able to pull off a one-line that people are comfortable using. It would be a lot of work to do something in Revit that is half as good that likely no one would actually be happy using.

      • 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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        • 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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          • Label homeruns with feeder IDs

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

            4 votes
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            • Reset panel "Fixed Loads".

              Often, I need to "start over" on a panel that I've assigned fixed loads. It would be handy to have a button that would clear every fixed load on the panel. Or even be able to select several circuits and clear those circuit's fixed loads.

              8 votes
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              • add leaders to duct text

                Add leader for duct text like it does when you add a grille, diffuser, or light fixture

                7 votes
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                • 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.

                  33 votes
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                  • ComCheck Export For Revit

                    I would like to export from Revit to import into ComCheck similar to the AutoCAD version of Design Master Electrical

                    4 votes
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                    • 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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                      • 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.

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                        • Assign Layer System in AutoCAD based upon Phase in Revit

                          When exporting the one-line diagram from Revit to AutoCAD, assign the layer system used in AutoCAD to match the phase in Revit.

                          10 votes
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                          • 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.

                            1 vote
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                            • Ability to measure wire

                              I am a design build Engineer/Contractor and would like to be able to get takeoff data.

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                              • Equipment Panel Description

                                In the Panel Description dropdown, add "Equipment Callout + Description" to the list, in addition to "Same as Equipment Callout" and "Custom".

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                                • 1 vote
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                                  • Low-voltage looping

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

                                    12 votes
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                                    • Unique ID for each feeder in the project

                                      Assign a unique ID to each feeder in a project that can be scheduled in Revit and displayed in the AutoCAD one-line diagram.

                                      1 vote
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                                      • Default Groups

                                        Have the ability to define a default device group name. In multi-phase projects it would be helpful to be able to set a group name as the default instead of having DM go to the "General" group.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Backfeed Breakers

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

                                          3 votes
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