Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. 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 →
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

    2 votes
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  5. Equipment in takeoffs

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

    1 vote
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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…

    69 votes
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  14. Diffuser Insertion at Corner (for Ceiling Grids)

    Have the option to insert diffusers at the corner of the diffuser, not the center. This change would assist in placing diffusers properly in ceiling grids.

    50 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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.

    172 votes
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  17. 7 votes
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    low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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