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. 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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  2. Duct Size Preview

    I would like to be able to have the duct size update on the plans (like a preview) without closing the dialog box.

    9 votes
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Equipment Schedules

    Allow for equipment schedules to be created by use, such as chiller, air handlers, pumps, etc. The schedule would be populated with equipment that is drawn by DM equipment command

    4 votes
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  6. Automatically add Diffuser Arrows for 1W, 2W, 3W & 4W

    In the diffuser definition dialog box, designate whether it is a 1W, 2W, 3W or 4W diffuser, then attach that number of arrows. When placing the diffuser, allow the user to rotate the diffuser to align the appropriate air flow direction.

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  7. Be able to create a panel schedule for existing loads not in model

    I do a lot of remodel work and it would be nice to be able to fill out a panel schedule with existing load data from a hard copy of an existing panel schedule without have to actually put the loads in the model and then circuiting them.

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  8. Schedules

    Having the ability to adjust the width of a schedule in the drawing model, instead of the schedule toolbox.

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  9. 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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  10. Print Load Calculations: Have a Select All/Unselect All checkbox

    When printing load calculations, have a Select All/Unselect All check box. It's a bit tedious to do manually.

    7 votes
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  11. 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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  12. Equipment Database

    Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

    3 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Include "1" before single ground and neutral wires

    Add an option to include a "1" in the wire callout before single ground and neutral wires. Currently the wire size is listed with no count before it.

    Current wire callout:
    1/2"C, 1#12, #12N, #12G

    New wire callout:
    1/2"C, 1#12, 1#12N, 1#12G

    1 vote
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  16. Adding Further Pipe Symbols

    All of these symbols came up on one particular project, please leave comments on common plumbing symbols that I may have missed. Adding in these symbols and the corresponding isometric representations would greatly reduce the amount of time required to create each one of them by hand on both models. The following are the symbols that I found would be useful additions:

    - Mixing valves
    - Water heaters
    - Grease interceptor
    - Sample wells for grease interceptors
    - Cleanout
    - Cleanout to grade
    - Two-way cleanout
    - Backflow preventer
    - Water filter

    20 votes
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  17. Electrical + HVAC for Revit in German with german norms

    We have a large Building design Industrie. And all Arch and Eng companies are now changing from AutoCad to Revit but there is no good Software on the market for engineers to calculate electrical or HVAC Systems. An app for Revit for both will make it all better and faster. The potential could be in the millions.

    1 vote
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  18. 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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  19. Edit multiple rooms

    Add a command to allow you to edit the settings on multiple rooms at a time.

    21 votes
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  20. Create Room Outlines Automatically

    Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

    11 votes
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