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. 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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        • Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

          We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

          Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

          7 votes
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          • Different Layers for New and Existing Items in Schedules

            Use different layers for new and existing circuits in panel schedules or new and existing equipment in equipment schedules.

            3 votes
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            • Importing Revit Model Information

              It would be a great tool if we can have the ability to import model information from Revit drawings which are done by architects. A simple feature would be importing the rooms. This would speed up the process and make designs happen faster.

              4 votes
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              • Low Voltage Homerun With Keynote

                On low voltage systems drawings (Fire Alarm, Security, CCTV) we treat homeruns differently than power and lighting homeruns. We do not use the circuit label, wire callout, or tick marks, but rather we use a keynote. If there was a “keynote homerun”, it would save us the time spent removing the wire call-out every time we create low voltage homerun.

                9 votes
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                • Vertical Alignment of Schedules

                  Add an option to control the vertical alignment of text in schedule cells.

                  Currently everything is justified to the top of the cell. Make it so that text can be centered or at the bottom instead.

                  3 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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                          • Import single piece of equipment

                            Currently, the "Import Equipment from Another Project" command imports all the equipment. Update that function to allow you to choose specific pieces of equipment to import.

                            3 votes
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                            • MULTIPLE ARROWS

                              It would be nice to be able to have multiple arrows for 1 piece of text pointing to different devices

                              3 votes
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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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                                • Selected device type to find that are uncircuited

                                  Often I circuit items by device type, such as equipment first, then general receptacles, and finally lighting. Sometimes I only show the light fixtures or site lighting but don't ever circuit them as a lighting designer is taking that part of the contract. So under either situation if the symbols have already been placed and I do the “Highlight Uncircuited Devices” command, I get so many lines going all over the place that I can't find out which receptacles I haven't circuited. It would be nice under the Highlight Uncircuited Devices label you have a sub-selection of: Receptacle, Lights, Equipment,…

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                                  • Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

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

                                    1 vote
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                                    • add sub-script option for junction boxes

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

                                      3 votes
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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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