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. 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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      low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Calculate Fault at Equipment Connections

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

        3 votes
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          low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Transfer Grilles for Air Balance Report

          Add a transfer grille option for return air so that you can use the balance report function on projects which use transfer grilles.

          22 votes
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            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Electrical Symbol Legend

            Add a Schedule of all blocks used in the project. This could be used a Symbol Legend for the Project.

            72 votes
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              high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Change breaker size in Panel Schedule based on Revit family parameter

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

              33 votes
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                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Equipment in takeoffs

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

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                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      low effort to implement  ·  5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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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                                low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 7 votes
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                                      low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Swap circuits in Revit

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

                                        9 votes
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                                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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                                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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