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. 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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    • Change breaker size in Panel Schedule based on Revit family parameter

      Change breaker size in Panel Schedule based on Revit family type parameter.

      28 votes
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      • Equipment in takeoffs

        Display equipment information in takeoffs. (Currently the equipment blocks are graphical only, mainly for 3D drafting).

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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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            • Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

              Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

              The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

              It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

              1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

              Breaker Frame (AF)
              Breaker trip (AT)
              Breaker plug size (AP)*

              Long-time pickup (LTPU)
              Long-time delay (LTD)
              Short-time pickup (STPU) …

              6 votes
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              • Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

                Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

                For example, if you have a circuit like this:

                <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

                It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

                P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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                • RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

                  For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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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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                    • Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

                      Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

                      5 votes
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                      • Loop devices with polylines

                        DesignMaster currently loops devices using arcs. We'd like an option to change looping from using arcs to use polylines (we differentiate between MC cable and conduits with arcs and polylines, respectively). Ideally these polylines would offset themselves similar to how feeder polylines are offset during one-line generation.

                        4 votes
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                        • Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

                          Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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                          • 7 votes
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                            • Remove pipe label from specific pipes

                              Be able to remove text from specific pipes so that not every little branch and section has a label.

                              6 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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                                • Swap circuits in Revit

                                  Be able to swap circuits in Revit like you can using the "Move Circuit" command in DM Electrical for AutoCAD.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Mirror Plumbing Plans

                                    Be able to easily mirror plumbing plans. Risers that extend to multiple floors cause problems for the mirror command.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Track which panel schedules are inserted on drawings

                                      Keep track of which panel schedules are inserted on all the drawings in a project. Be able to check and confirm there is a schedule inserted for each drawing on a project.

                                      The goal for this feature is quality control on large projects as panels are added and deleted.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Recurring Low Voltage Panel

                                        Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

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                                        • 15 votes
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