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. Copy panel and loads to new project

    Be able to copy panels and other distribution from one project to another. The loads on the panel will be created as fixed loads in the new project.

    7 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. ComCheck Export For Revit

    I would like to export from Revit to import into ComCheck similar to the AutoCAD version of Design Master Electrical

    8 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Low-voltage looping

    Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

    13 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Electrical Symbol Legend

    Add a Schedule of all blocks used in the project. This could be used a Symbol Legend for the Project.

    78 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Be able to create a panel schedule for existing loads not in model

    I do a lot of remodel work and it would be nice to be able to fill out a panel schedule with existing load data from a hard copy of an existing panel schedule without have to actually put the loads in the model and then circuiting them.

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Electrical + HVAC for Revit in German with german norms

    We have a large Building design Industrie. And all Arch and Eng companies are now changing from AutoCad to Revit but there is no good Software on the market for engineers to calculate electrical or HVAC Systems. An app for Revit for both will make it all better and faster. The potential could be in the millions.

    1 vote
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Create Room Outlines Automatically

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

    11 votes
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  8. Be able to add disconnects to equipment so they work similar to Design Master Electrical in AutoCAD

    We need a way to link two family instances together so that when you update one of the instances it updates the other.

    8 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. One-Line Export to Drafting Views

    If there was a way to have the export of one line diagrams go to drafting views instead of populating external dwgs?

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

    I won’t say never, because that’s what we originally said about ever doing anything for Revit at all, and look where we are. However, this request is very unlikely. Using all the power of AutoCAD, we just barely are able to pull off a one-line that people are comfortable using. It would be a lot of work to do something in Revit that is half as good that likely no one would actually be happy using.

  10. Indoor point-by-point calculations

    Add indoor point-by-point lighting calculations.

    18 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Diffuser Airflow Patterns

    HVAC diffusers have air flow patterns much like light fixtures have photometric patterns.

    Air Diffuser manufacturers supply the pattern shapes and provide the distances in feet for airflow velocities at 150FPM, 100FPM and 50FPM for heating and cooling.

    Is there a way you can give the DM user the ability to insert their own airflow pattern (through a formatted file input) with contour lines similar to DM photo metrics?

    This would be DM's start into Computational Fluid Dynamics.

    4 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

    Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

    The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

    It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

    1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

    Breaker Frame (AF)
    Breaker trip (AT)
    Breaker plug size (AP)*

    Long-time pickup (LTPU)
    Long-time delay (LTD)
    Short-time pickup (STPU) …

    6 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Fire Alarms

    Add better support for fire alarm system design.

    Various improvements related to this suggestion include:

    Add 12V, 14V, 16V, 18V and 24V DC device support for Fire Alarm Systems

    Change loads from KVA to mA or even VA. Two load types should be
    available, standby power and alarm power for each FA device.

    Add ability for wiring such as 24, 22, 18, 16, and 14 awg.

    Add ability to perform standby and alarm battery ampere-hour
    calculations.

    Display length, current, voltage, and voltage drop for each circuit.

    Have fire alarm panels with appropriate attributes, such as alarm time, standby time, battery…

    69 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

    Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

    173 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  8 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 18 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 234 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  13 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 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.

    156 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  10 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. 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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  20. A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

    A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

    6 votes
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