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. Different Connection Options for Different Types of Diffusers

    Have the "Diffuser Connection Settings" be able to be set based upon airflow type. For example, supply ducts always connect with flexible and return ducts connect with hard.

    2 votes
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      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Pressure Labels on Ductwork

      Add a button to label the pressure drop for a run of duct (the "Pressure Drop in this Section" value from the the "Query Duct" window). We use DM HVAC to do a lot of existing ductwork analysis for energy audits, etc., and we could really use a function that shows us how much pressure drop each section of the ductwork has, and the pressure drop for each fitting, in much the same format as the ductwork size labels currently appear.

      1 vote
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        0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Universal update button

        This button would update all schedules, panels and one lines with one click. Currently going through each schedule option and then during review only finding out you missed one is agonizing. Update drawing and database does NOT do this.

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            1 comment  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Change Fixture Tags as a part of "Edit Multiple Fixtures".

            When "Editing Multiple Fixtures", the fixture in the database is changed, but the fixture tag is not changed in the drawing. It would be good for this to change automatically, similar to the attributes of "edit multiple receptacles" so that each fixture tag does not have to be edited manually.

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • HVAC Material Takeoff

              Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

              We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

              21 votes
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                4 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

                Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

                Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

                70 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • High Voltage Motors

                  Add higher voltage ranges for equipment and power distribution equipment. Allow us to utilize a 4160v option for larger motors on projects that have very large motors.

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Turn Off Individual Diffuser Tags

                    Be able to turn diffuser tags on and off for specific diffusers.

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

                      Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

                      23 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Residential and Other Electrical Load Types

                        Account for the rest of the load types in NEC 220 Part II, Part III, and Part IV that are currently ignored.

                        Load types that will be included:

                        Existing loads that can be specified for each panel (NEC 220.87).

                        Cooling loads. The panel load calculation will use the larger of the heating and cooling loads.

                        58 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add twin breakers (2 circuits per space) to panel

                          I often find twin or tandem breakers in existing panels. There is no way to circuit them now.

                          47 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Set Maximum Schedule Height

                            Set a maximum height for schedules. If the schedule exceeds that height, it will continue with the schedule in the space to the right of the schedule.

                            11 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 23 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Multiple Homeruns on a Circuit

                                Be able to draw multiple homeruns on a circuit, rather than the one that you are currently limited to.

                                40 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Duct elevation tags

                                  Add duct top and bottom elevation tags based on the duct elevation and height. Tag would be turned on/off like duct size labels.

                                  19 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Device subscripts on schedules

                                    When an electrical device is created that always has a subscript(i.e. G subscript for ground fault receptacle) that subscript is not inserted with the device in the symbol column of the schedule. We have to add text to the symbol in the schedule to note the different types of receptacles. If the schedule changes the text needs to be manually updated. An option to include the subscript with the symbol would be helpful.

                                    3 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • add a panel based demand factor for devices

                                      Under Design Master Electrical Options=>Miscellaneous=>Custom Load Type=>Calculation Method, add a fourth option which is call “Panel Based” which would still have a default demand factor. Then when we go in to circuit a device with that demand factor name we will circuit it to the default demand. However, as we move up to upstream panels and see that device circuited already, we can change the demand factor in the circuit panel which is typically dimmed. This will solve the problem we have of dealing with Trailer parks, docks, Ranges, Dryers, and other devices that have different demands as you move…

                                      7 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide automatic sizing of breakers for motors & transformers

                                        The breaker for motors & transformers need to be manually selected. A default suggestion for the motor hp and transformer kva would save time.

                                        34 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Equipment breakers are sized automatically in DM Electrical 8.0 using MCA and MOCP. You can also assign specific breaker and wire sizes for equipment in the equipment dialog, not the circuiting dialog.

                                          Transformer breaker sizes are currently set automatically when you change the kVA or voltage. In DM Electrical 8.1, we are adding a “Size to match kVA” option to the transformer OCP selection to make it more obvious this is happening.

                                          I think this covers the features in this request. If not, let me know.

                                        • Add Dual Voltage and Universal Ballast Light Fixtures

                                          Allow light fixtures to have multiple voltages, such as 120V and 277V, or have a universal ballast that can be used with any voltage.

                                          38 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            This feature is finished for DM Electrical 8.1. See the comments for a description of how the feature will work.

                                            Thanks for voting for this feature—I would not have guessed it would be so popular. All your votes should be returned to you now. Let us know what else you would like to see added to the software.

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