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. Edit multiple devices--select from list

    When editing multiple devices, be able to select from a list in addition to being able to select from the drawing. Equipment currently works this way. Expand it to other types of devices.

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  2. Default elevations for all electrical devices

    You can specific a default elevation for light fixtures in the schedule. Expand this functionality to all types of electrical devices.

    2 votes
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  3. Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

    Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

    I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

    I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

    10 votes
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  4. Add a "match circuit" command.

    Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

    32 votes
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  5. Annotation Scaling / Multiple Scales on a Single Drawing

    Add support for annotative scale factors for blocks and text. This would allow blocks and text to be the same size in different scaled viewports.

    174 votes
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  6. Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

    Automatically upsize branch circuit wires when necessary because of voltage drop.

    151 votes
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  7. Provide Weight or Area of Ducts in Takeoffs

    Weight of ducts in HVAC Takeoffs provide a very simple way to estimate cost of projects.

    Or, add an option to calculate square feet of sheet metal ductwork.

    4 votes
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  8. Change Room Names from the Zone Tree or Floor Tree

    Be able to right click or slow-double-click on a room name in the Zone Tree or Floor Tree to be able to change it

    15 votes
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  9. Count devices connected to recurring panels

    Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

    2 votes
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  10. SKM Power Tools

    Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

    15 votes
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  11. Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

    Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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  12. Locate and edit schedules within groups to create T.I. voltage drop and other schedules that don't include the entire project.

    When there is T.I. work within a large project you want to show only the the voltage drop for the TI space. You have to deselect all the equipment not in the space one at a time to show a voltage drop schedule for just the TI work. What if you could group the panels in a similar way to luminaires so that the TI voltage drop or fault schedule has only the TI panels, without disabling the ability to show a schedule for the main project or another TI within that project.

    3 votes
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  13. 3 votes
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  14. Add the ability to create plan notes

    If you could add the ability to create plan or keynotes to all devices and fixtures, you could eliminate some of the notes that occupy space beside them. Typically a hex box, circle would have the keynote number in it, which would refer you to a common list of notes on the edge of the space. Keeping them tied to the respective annotation layers may help keep them sortable by the entities on that sheet.

    35 votes
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  15. Arc-flash label sizes

    Be able to change the size of the arc-flash labels to fit a specific size.

    7 votes
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  16. Acoustical Calculations

    Add acoustical calculations to the ductwork.

    2 votes
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  17. Swap & Copy Circuits

    When copying circuits in the swap and copy dialog, multipole breakers do not copy to the new location as multipole breakers, they copy as single pole. It appears that you have to set the number of poles and their positions in the circuiting dialog before starting the copy/swap routine.

    50 votes
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  18. Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

    High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

    Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

    12 votes
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  19. Add multiple circuits to a single piece of equipment (ie. HVAC) one for each load.

    Some HVAC and other pieces of equipment require multiple circuits for multiple loads inside each unit. Currently I have to create 2 pieces of equipment with the individual loads, overlay them, then circuit them.

    43 votes
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  20. Redundant Ground

    Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

    10 votes
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