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. 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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    • 25 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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        • 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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                • 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…

                  62 votes
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                  • Before & After Model

                    Develop a simple way to build and manage a "before" and "after" model of an electrical distribution system for renovation and build-out projects.

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                    • Copy distribution panels from job to job in multi-story buildings to serve lease space panels.

                      We do a lot of design work in multi-story buildings that require us to show distribution panels on one-lines with load info. Right now I have to create the DPin each job. I would like to be able to copy from job to job with existing loads.

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                      • New / Existing Pipe Connection Graphics

                        When connecting a new waste pipe to an existing pipe, draw the chamfer between the two using the new layer system (not the existing layer system as it currently does).

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                        • Edit Multiple Types of Devices

                          Create an "Edit Multiple" command to works on all types of devices. Include only attributes that are common to all types of devices: layer system, elevation.

                          5 votes
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                          • Export to eQuest or DOE2.2

                            Be able to export building load information to eQuest or DOE2.2 using gbXML for energy modeling purposes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, LEED, and Title 24.

                            29 votes
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                            • Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

                              Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

                              167 votes
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                              • Make all Panel/Device selections drop downs

                                Some windows allow you to choose a panel or device (receptacle, lvd, light, etc) by a drop down box. Others require you to slowly click next/previous. It would be great if all the next/previous windows were converted to the drop down box.

                                I feel the benefits are pretty obvious.

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                                • SKM Power Tools

                                  Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

                                  11 votes
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                                  • Device Customization blocks subfolders

                                    Many of our projects require custom device blocks. We also have blocks for US standards, European standards, Middle Eastern standards, etc. The Customization folder is a mess. It would be nice if DM searched this selected folder and all of it's subfolders for it's blocks without having to add them each to AutoCAD's support paths.

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                                    • enable object snap for Move Note

                                      Nitpicky feature, but it would be nice to be able to use the object snaps when moving notes so they can be more easily lined up.

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                                      • 229 votes
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                                        • Annotation Scaling / Multiple Scales on a Single Drawing

                                          Add support for annotative scale factors for blocks and text. This would allow blocks and text to be the same size in different scaled viewports.

                                          151 votes
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