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. Remove electrical equipment tag.

    I would like to be able to remove electrical equipment tags. Sometimes the plan is too crowded for the tags. In that case, a person could follow the circuit number to the panelboard schedule to see what something is.

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      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
    • Provide training seminars other than the annual conference.

      Having training available only once per year at your annual conference is very limiting. Do webinars if travelling is too costly.

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        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
      • 3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
        • Add lumens, lamp depreciation, IES file name, and possibly mtg height (if it's constant) to the light fixture schedule.

          Add lumens, lamp depreciation, IES file name, and possibly mtg height (if it's constant) to the light fixture schedule.

          Would be useful when evaluating different lighting options. Also would make identifying input errors easier when swapping out IES files and lamp types.

          4 votes
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          • Import Time Current Curves

            The ability to save and import a time current curve to be used in the arc flash calculations and to overlay the curves on a graph. Preferably to save these curves into a master database to have the ability to use the same curve on multiple projects

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              1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

              This is implemented for DM Electrical 8.3.

              You are able to associate a file with the panel and easily view it while entering your arc-flash values.

              You can’t do anything more involved that displaying the file for now. You are still responsible for interpreting the file and determining the arcing times based upon the calculated arcing current.

            • Allow equipment callouts to be specified per equipment group, instead of globally

              It would be a great help to be able to choose an equipment callout to be tied to each equipment group instead of a single global selection. We use a different equipment tag for Kitchen equipment, Mechanical equipment, Shop equipment, etc.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Reverse Tick Marks

                Add a button to the "Insert Tick Marks" command to reverse the order of the tick marks in the dialog box.

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                • Remove callouts from equipment connections

                  Be able to remove a callout from a single piece of equipment on the drawing.

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                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • Designmaster Electrical would run on Bricscad

                    Thinking about Switching to Bricscad, would like for Design Master to support

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                      2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Merge Circuits

                        Add the option to merge two circuits together.

                        One of the circuits would end up as a space with nothing connected to it, no fixed loads, and no locked breaker or wire sizes.

                        The other would have all of the devices that were originally connected to the two devices, the sum of the fixed loads from the two circuits, and all the fixed breaker and wire sizes from the two circuits.

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                          1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Add sub-script option to Low-Voltage Devices

                          Add the subscript option to Low-Voltage Devices.

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                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Use actual room CFM from diffusers rather than calculated for ventilation calculation

                            We are having issues with permits using the ASHRAE Ventilation calculation because DM is using the calculated CFMs instead of actual CFMs on plans. We are having to tweak all the load inputs and use minimum air flows to spit out correct CFMs in ventilation calculation. The loads have actual loads print out, so maybe this is an easy fix.

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                              0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                            • Link room numbers with panel schedules

                              Use the 'Room Number' field to specify where loads are located in the panel schedules. The 'Description' field in the panel would automatically be filled with the description linked to the load, then the room numbers. i.e. RECEPTACLE 105, 108, 110, 100 or LIGHTING 209, 210, 211, 212.

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                                3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                              • 5 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                • 3 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                  • Highlight Locked Duct Sizes

                                    We often need to lock a duct size or sizes for various reasons. After creating large sprawling duct systems, it is difficult to track these locked ducts so that we can check them when airflows change and resize them if necessary.

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                                      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                    • Equipment Loads

                                      It would be convenient when creating equipment to enter loads using amps and let DM calculate the corresponding KVA value. Often manufacturers data includes only amperes at a given voltage and KVA must be manually calculated.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Separate hangers on their own layer for BIM modeling.

                                        Need to print various trades by color for coordination drawings. I think the hangers would be more legible if they could be a different color.

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                                        • Copy IES files to project folder

                                          When an IES file is assigned to a light fixture, I would like DM to copy the IES file into the project directory. If the original IES file is moved, the project is unaffected.

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