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. Recurring Meter Bank

    Be able to create recurring meter banks and recurring panel instances that increment their numbers automatically. For apartment buildings with identical floors. Model one floor, then be able to reuse the model for the other floors.

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  2. Add a 'Find All Circuits on Drawing' command similar to the 'Find Circuit on Drawing'

    This command would be invoked from the panel circuiting dialog box, and would highlight all circuits fed from a particular panel.

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  3. Customization of circuiting callouts

    In circuiting callouts, allow the dash to be replaced by a custom string.

    Example: Default circuiting callout is L1A-1,3,5. Allow us to make it say L1A: 1,3,5 or L1A CKT 1,3,5.

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  4. "Match Room Properties" for Load Calculations

    When doing room definitions for load calculations there are some properties that pertain to many or all other rooms in the building like "ceiling height" and the "roof properties."

    I think it would be useful to have a command like match wall properties for the room properties so I can set up the roof (which almost always applies to the whole building), ceiling height, ventilation requirements, etc. and copy from one room to any others that have the same properties.

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  5. Make duct centerlines independent of DIMSCALE

    When working at a smaller scale (ie. 1/8th"), make it so the duct center lines always appear the same size. The duct center lines are drafting tools only and do not appear on the drawing therefore having them adjust with the DIMSCALE is not neccesary. When the DIMSCALE is changed to 96 or higher, drafting in tight spaces can be difficult when the duct centerlines are large because the arrows are too large to work with and tend to overlap others.

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  6. HVAC Load Calc Graphics for Windows/Glass

    Provide a graphic for windows/glass located on walls so you can see easily and quickly figure out which windows have been entered into the load calculation.

    Additional idea: Make it a dynamic block so that when you change the width (using a grip) you can stretch the window to change the actual width. The width x height would display above this graphic.

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  7. Import/Export Electrical Equipment Schedule Excel

    It would be a huge time saver to be able to Export a project electrical equipment schedule into excel for quick data entry and then import back into DM/Autocad. Entering a large list of kitchen equipment can be tedious. Being able to do this in excel would be quicker. The import/export functionality could be similar to how DM handles the layers for the standards database. Alternatively, listing the equipment as a table with aligned rows/columns would be equally efficient.

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  8. Room Names in Circuit Description

    Provide an option for Room Names analogous to the "Conduit location" Option. Also consider other customization:

    -Custom Room prefix - e.g. RM
    -Option to include/exclude Name - e.g., RM 120
    -Option to include/exclude Number - e.g., RM FIRE RISER

    Room Names Location:
    ->Start of Circuit Description
    ->End of Circuit Description

    Currently the room names always go at the end, just like OOTB Revit. Having the option to put the room at the start would allow for better scheduling for when the intent is for circuits to be organized by room, like so:
    https://i.postimg.cc/qMFD3DLx/2019-01-30-13-12-16-Window.png

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  9. Custom Universal Voltage Description in Light Fixture Schedule

    Be able to specify a custom description for the voltage on light fixtures when they are set to "Universal". Currently DM lists all the voltages that are used on the fixture. This feature would allow you to override that and specify custom text for the voltage in order to better match the manufacturer's cut sheet.

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  10. IMC Ventilation Schedule

    Create a ventilation schedule that corresponds to what is required by the IMC.

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  11. Spaces in Feeder Callouts

    Be able to display feeder callouts with spaces after commas, instead of having all the wire sizes right next to each other.

    Current Callout:
    2''C,2#3/0,#3/0N,#6G

    Desired Callout:
    2''C, 2#3/0, #3/0N, #6G

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  12. Labeling diffuser cal louts with (TYP 2) if they are in the same room or near each other.

    When the same diffusers are located in the same room, it would be nice if there was an option to label one diffuser and then (TYP and then the quantity it applies to) as opposed to labeling each individual grille/diffuser. This would help clean up the drawings quite a bit from unneeded notations.

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  13. Add option for multiple neck sizes under one diffuser tag in the schedule

    In the diffuser tag, add a spot to list the diffuser neck size (so the duct runout doesn't need to be labeled and will clean the drawings up). It would be nice if one diffuser tag can be used for various diffuser neck sizes, for instance, a CD-1 is more of a description of the diffuser type and model and a pull down with diffuser neck size would be input, then the schedule can list CD-1 with a line for quantity of each diffuser size. This would make creating a master schedule much simpler.

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  14. Customize Label for Neutral and Ground in Feeder Callout

    Be able to customize the "N" and "G" label in feeder callouts to different text. Likely you would change it to "NEUTRAL" and "GROUND", but give you the option to choose whatever you would like.

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  15. Manufacturer Name field included within Notes Settings of distribution equipment

    It would be helpful when creating distribution equipment lists if there was an option for the manufacturer's name. Currently we have to use an unused Note key, rename the label for that key and then remember which Notes Setting corresponds to the list entry.

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  16. Erase Note - multiple

    Select multiple devices and delete all custom notes (not fixture callouts) attached to them.
    The "Match Device Label Locations" command can add many callouts at once, but there does not seem to be a way to easily delete multiple callouts.
    This would be especially useful when adding lights to a circuit that already contains lights. Running “Draw Homerun And Loops" would erase a lot of my work, so I usually delete all the circuit callouts manually before drawing loops manually.
    If this feature already exists, please make it easier to find.

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  17. Edit Multiple Pipe Risers

    Add an "Edit Multiple" command for pipe risers.

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  18. Paralleling Switchgear Support

    Would be very helpful to be able to be able to have multiple sources connect to the same bus. We have had numerous situations where we have had Geneva type switches, multiple kirk-key input as well as paralleling switchgear situations where we were unable to find a "work-around" using this software. This is becoming especially common with ConEdison now permitting the paralleling of electrical sources.

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  19. Multiple Fault Schedules

    I would like the ability to break out individual fault current schedule entries into separate groups based on the service connection or other arbitrary criteria. For example, in a project with three electrical services, the distribution equipment fault current associated with one service could be scheduled separately from the other two services. Design Master currently schedules all fault current schedule entries together. On projects with multiple services and dozens of distribution equipment entries, a method of showing specific fault current calculations in separate schedules would be invaluable.

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  20. Automatically add Diffuser Arrows for 1W, 2W, 3W & 4W

    In the diffuser definition dialog box, designate whether it is a 1W, 2W, 3W or 4W diffuser, then attach that number of arrows. When placing the diffuser, allow the user to rotate the diffuser to align the appropriate air flow direction.

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