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. Dialog Boxes to View and Edit Load Calculation Settings for Entire Building at Once

    Currently to view the ventilation and load schedules the report is run and appears in an html file. If for instance the outside air % is too high I then have to exit the report go back into the rooms with the high percentage and manually overventilate.

    It would be great if there was a screen that combined all of the room information, areas, CFMs, etc. (similar to the load report) but this screen allowed you to manually modify the CFMs, system static pressure, outside air percentage, etc. and by doing this all of the room information is updated at…

    3 votes
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    • add medium voltage conductors as an option when sizing conduits.

      MV conductor insulation is much larger so you cannot get as many conductors inside a conduit. if you're using design master to calculate your feeder conduits it will be incorrect over 600v. I don't believe this is readily apparent now.

      13 votes
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      • Having the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size.

        Add the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size for adjustable trip breakers.

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        • Insert Valves on Vertical Pipes

          Be able to insert valves on vertical pipes. Valves would be displayed on isometric and possibly also on plan view.

          2 votes
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          • Shortcut Keys for DM Commands

            Add shortcut commands for commands. For example, "ML" for "Move Loop or Homerun" or "BC" for "Break Circuit".

            5 votes
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            • For Energy Code compliance, the light Fixture Schedule should include a subtotal of watts for each fixture type, and a total of watts for al

              For Energy Code compliance, the light Fixture Schedule should include a subtotal of watts for each fixture type, and a total of watts for all the fixtures on the posted schedule. That will help expedite the Lighting Power Density calculations required for Energy Code Compliance.

              3 votes
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              • Modify design load calculations and output to accommodate VAV system selection

                Modify design load calculations to more accurately size/select VAV boxes. The revised calculations would take into account the heat required to overcome the additional air supplied to the VAV box that is over and above the minimum required in the heating calculations. This will help since the additional air is typically at 55 degrees and will actually add heat load to the space in addition to that required by the envelope and minimum supply air. In some cases this can be a significant load.

                6 votes
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                • 1 vote
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                  • Create training material for the HVAC section.

                    The tutorial doesn't get into enough depth or cover everything, specifically the master schedule and project schedules and how they affect the project.

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                    • Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

                      Add wiring and symbols for manufactured wiring systems (NEC 604), MWS, Reloc etc

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                      • add sub-script option for junction boxes

                        Add subscript for junctions boxes like you did for low voltage devices.

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                        • Choose Fittings Used In Pressure Drop Calculations

                          Add the ability to choose the specific fitting type used when calculating pressure drop in duct systems. Currently, the fitting type is fixed.

                          3 votes
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                          • Breaker Using Twice as Many Spaces

                            Many breaker panels of old and of new has the ability to put a single, two, or three pole breaker in that takes twice as many spaces as normal. Example is I have a panel I have to represent that has a 2 pole breaker that takes position 36-38 and 40-42. It also has a 3 pole breaker in it that take 24-26,28-30,32-34. I have no way of circuiting the device and still have it on phase A, B, and C.

                            8 votes
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                            • When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

                              When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

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                              • please show velocity and PD/100ft

                                by showing velocity and PD/100ft on a check layer, engineers could check work and easily scan and review a job for errors.

                                8 votes
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                                • Handle LED Lighting Better

                                  Calculate the load based upon the length and the remote transformers.

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Use Branch Circuit as Main Breaker for Panel

                                    need a way for a branch breaker to serve as the main in a panelboard and allow it to connect on the oneline

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Error Checking

                                      Provide a simple error checking routine that will look at panel loads and compare them to wire sizes and ratings of upstream breakers. This could be a simple table like voltage drop and fault currents where out of range values are shown in a different font type.

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                                      • Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

                                        Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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                                        • Multiple Switch Legs on a Single Switch

                                          Allow a single switch to have multiple switch legs associated with it. Currently we require a separate switch for each switch leg.

                                          26 votes
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