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. Plumbing and Piping Fixtures

    Be able to create plumbing and piping fixtures, similar to light fixture or receptacles in DM Electrical or diffusers in DM HVAC.

    13 votes
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    • New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

      Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

      14 votes
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      • Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

        Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

        36 votes
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        • Use correct fittings

          The pressure drop calcs indicate the wrong fitting types in some cases. For example, a fitting that begins with "SD" stands for "Supply/Diameter" and "SR" stands for "Supply/Rectangular", etc. If you have a duct system that is all rectangular, there should not be any SD fittings indicated. Likewise for round systems, there should not be any SR fittings indicated.

          3 votes
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          • Size Transformer Feeders Differently than Other Feeders

            Allow transformer feeders to be sized using different size wires than other feeders. In particular, this would be for sizing 800A feeders. Normal panels can use 500kcmil wires, but transformers require 600kcmil.

            (The workaround for the moment is to use 500kcmil for your 800A automatic sizing and to manually size the transformers to 600kcmil.)

            1 vote
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            • Adding Further Pipe Symbols

              All of these symbols came up on one particular project, please leave comments on common plumbing symbols that I may have missed. Adding in these symbols and the corresponding isometric representations would greatly reduce the amount of time required to create each one of them by hand on both models. The following are the symbols that I found would be useful additions:

              - Mixing valves
              - Water heaters
              - Grease interceptor
              - Sample wells for grease interceptors
              - Cleanout
              - Cleanout to grade
              - Two-way cleanout
              - Backflow preventer
              - Water filter

              22 votes
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              • HVAC - Allow for the input of design Notes

                In the "Room Project Schedule" add a box which would allow for the addition of design notes. This would allow for the designer to document why certain values where chosen. When the loads are printed the notes would also be displayed for reference.

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                • Highlight Footcandle Levels Below a Certain Level

                  It would also be nice if foot candle levels less than a certain value could be a different color. This would make it easier to spot levels below a certain threshold, like fc levels for emergency egress lower limits.

                  2 votes
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                  • Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

                    It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

                    2 votes
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                    • Calculate General and Egress Photometrics in Same Boundary

                      It would be nice if we didn't need to create two photometric calculation areas. It would be great if one calc area could work for both general and egress calcs.

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                      • Add Standard UPC and IPC Sizing Charts

                        Especially for waste and vent sizing, the conversion from fixture units to pipe sizing is standard for all cases for the UPC and IPC. Generating sizing charts for cold and hot water, automatically through a series of settings possibly, would be probably more difficult to implement but equally helpful to make sizing plumbing easier.

                        14 votes
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                        • Create Room Outlines Automatically

                          Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

                          10 votes
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                          • Edit multiple rooms

                            Add a command to allow you to edit the settings on multiple rooms at a time.

                            21 votes
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                            • Set number of spare breakers

                              Add an option to require a set number of spare breakers on every panel. The other breakers in the panel would be listed as spaces.

                              11 votes
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                              • Export Equipment List to Excel

                                Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

                                51 votes
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                                • Total Load in Project

                                  Please add capability to total loads for the project before the circuiting is complete.

                                  I would like to have a load sheet that keeps track of the total project load.

                                  What I use now is a modified panel shedule that only shows the loads for a dummy panel I create called service. I connect all the panels together and then to Service. This gives me a total load analysis for the project, but only after the design is complete. I need to be able to confirm my loads and service sizing at the design development stage before circuiting.

                                  A consideration…

                                  20 votes
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                                  • Add command to match diffuser callout and location; just like you have for light fixtures.

                                    It would be nice to at least have the command to match diffuser callout location.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • Loop Feed Transformer

                                      Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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                                      • Add Standard UPC and IPC Water Closet and Urinal Sizing Charts

                                        In the UPC and IPC the conversion from water closet counts and urinal counts to a number of fixture units is a standard table. Adding this to Design Master would be a small change yet very helpful.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • More customization for equipment callouts

                                          Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

                                          Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

                                          See images on this forum post for examples:
                                          http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

                                          If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

                                          6 votes
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