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. Double neutral wire size for wires less than 1/0

    When a feeder neutral is doubled, DM simply adds a second neutral wire. NEC 310.10 does not allow this for wires less than 1/0. Update this calculation to correctly resize the wire when appropriate.

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    • Label and Leader for Mechanical Equipment

      Add a label and leader for the callout to mechanical equipment.

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      • please add a new column to the lighting fixture schedule for "KELVIN"

        ADD NEW COLUMN IN LIGHT FIXTURE SCHEDULE FOR "KELVIN"

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        • Calculate Fault at Disconnects

          Be able to calculate the fault at equipment disconnects.

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          • Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar

            Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar.

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            • Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

              Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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              • Homerun from non-circuited devices

                We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

                We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

                10 votes
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                • Calculate Fault at Equipment Connections

                  Be able to mark equipment connections to be included in the fault calculation.

                  3 votes
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                  • Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

                    Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

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                    • Light Fixture Settings - Different Blocks

                      The ability to define an egress fixture as the same fixture/block as the normal fixtures, with an option to turn a hatch on/off to differentiate. Similar to in Revit, where you can set an instance parameter and check it to turn fixtures into the egress blocks. The fixture type stays the same, only the visible block changes.

                      27 votes
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                      • Custom Transformer Impedance and XR Ratio

                        Be able to create a custom table of impedance and XR ratio values for transformers based upon the kVA. Currently the default values are fixed. If you always use different values, you have to manually change them every time.

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                        • Change default "max depth" setting for ductwork

                          Add an option for the default "max depth" value that is used when you insert a new duct. Currently it always starts at 24 and you have to remember to change it if you want something different.

                          3 votes
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                          • 7 votes
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                            • Customizable tick marks

                              DesignMaster currently supports the following tick marks during an "Insert tick mark" operation:

                              - Hots
                              - Neutral
                              - Ground
                              - Iso ground
                              - Switch leg
                              - Traveller
                              - Space

                              We'd like the option to include customizable tick marks in addition to the ones already implemented above. For example, we include tick marks for low voltage cabling used to dim luminaries on our drawings.

                              I imagine the customization being performed through Design Master Electrical Options under the "Tick Mark Blocks" section. There'd be a "Customized tick mark 1 name" option and another option called "Customized tick mark 1 block". These customized…

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                              • Add "Panel Neutral" in Revit MEP

                                Add "Panel Neutral" as a parameter to panels in Revit MEP.

                                Options for neutral would be:
                                50%
                                100%
                                133%
                                200%
                                None

                                This value would be a shared parameter for scheduling purposes. It would not be used in any calculations.

                                3 votes
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                                • Change Room Names from the Zone Tree or Floor Tree

                                  Be able to right click or slow-double-click on a room name in the Zone Tree or Floor Tree to be able to change it

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

                                    Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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                                    • Redundant Ground

                                      Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

                                        Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

                                          DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
                                          CAMERA
                                          MOTION SENSOR
                                          CARD READER
                                          KEYPAD

                                          JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

                                          3 votes
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