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. Generic Schedule Creator

    Have a way to create a generic schedule. The schedule will be informational purposes only, but it will be generated the same way as the other DM schedules so it will look the same.

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    • Allow diffuser tags to be moved and modified with standard AutoCAD editing commands.

      It would be helpful to not have to use the "special" DM commands to manipulate the diffuser tags.

      20 votes
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      • Aim Lamps Separately for Emergency Fixtures

        For fixtures used in the outdoor and egress point-by-point photometrics with two lamps, we need to aim the lamp independently for correct photometrics.

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        • Set Room Exhaust Rate

          Specify the exhaust air requirements for rooms and use these numbers in the load calculations and duct design calculations.

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          • add multiple pipe label options

            Three options: One for system type and size, one for just size, and one for just system type.

            6 votes
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            • Select automatic conduit based on Type

              When selecting conduit I want to be able to select the feeder as schedule 80 so that the only size option would be based on schedule 80. Then on another feeder I could select EMT for my circuits and the only option for auto sizing would be based on EMT. Finally, I would then have the option of adding the type to my one-lines and a conduit schedule.

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              • Circuit loops broken into two

                When you loop from one device to another, be able to select that loop and break it in to two loops that can each individually be moved or broke. This way we can have "S" loops.

                DM Note: When we implement this, it will probably be by allowing you to insert a loop using a pline. This will allow you to insert the loop however you want without any restrictions.

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                • Make schedules sortable by different fields

                  Be able to sort schedules by different fields instead of just the default field.

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                  • Update Pipe Breaks on Save or Open

                    When inserting fittings or piping the software will go through a regeneration process after each item is inserted. When files are small this is not a big deal. On large projects there is a noticeable delay and the software zooms out to the extents and then back into the area you are working on. Rather than do this on every change, include an option to only do this when the drawing is saved (and possibly when the drawing is opened).

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                    • Add button to "Select block" dialog boxes to open block customization

                      Add a button in the "Select block" dialog boxes to open the block customization dialog box.

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                      • Wrap wire size text on panel schedules

                        Add the ability for wire size callouts on the panel schedule to wrap if they get too long, similar to how circuit description wrap.

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                        • 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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                          • Add a sort by circuit id, then by callout to Project Explorer

                            Many times on complicated drawings I have a circuit that feeds multiple floors of devices or large areas. When I do Find Circuit, DM will zoom way out, highlight all the devices, and put lines to them. As soon as I try to find those far away circuits the lines disappear and then I start the needle in the hay stack look. If I has sort by circuit id, then callout I could see all the devices and then select find on each device of that circuit till I select the one in question since it creates a line that…

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                            • Insert pipe symbols on ends of vertical pipes in isometric

                              These pipe symbols would be used to represent clean outs, floor drains, and other things like that.

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                              • Add justification options to DM labels

                                Be able to have labels set to right justified or bottom justified, rather than always being top-left justified. This way they will update correctly when the value changes during the design.

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                                • Tick Marks on Switches in Parallel

                                  Handle tick marks on switches in parallel correctly.

                                  One use for this is multiple occupancy sensors in which case if any one switch is on the lights will be one. Each switch requires a hot and neutral as well as the switched leg.

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                                  • Update impedances based upon conduit material

                                    Be able to automatically update the impedance in a wire based upon the conduit material type.

                                    Currently you have to create a separate wire configuration for each conduit material type.

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                                    • Equipment Schedules

                                      Allow for equipment schedules to be created by use, such as chiller, air handlers, pumps, etc. The schedule would be populated with equipment that is drawn by DM equipment command

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                                      • More custom load types

                                        Add 3 more custom load types.

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                                        • Duct and pipe demolition

                                          Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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