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. 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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    • Duct Size Preview

      I would like to be able to have the duct size update on the plans (like a preview) without closing the dialog box.

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      • 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.

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        • Schedules

          Having the ability to adjust the width of a schedule in the drawing model, instead of the schedule toolbox.

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          • Duct and pipe demolition

            Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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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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              • Revise generator schedule block information and inputs

                revise generator schedule block to remove main breaker (it defaults to 60 amps) remove or allow input for bus amps, and show kw/kva

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                • A copy function for identical floor plans in multi-level buildings would be a time saving idea to speed up drawing.

                  So that when I am working on a multilevel building all I would have to do is copy the floor plan from one identical level and placing it on the other matching levels then just rename the panels and circuit names, without duplicating the copied information on the original panels. Breaking its connection with the parent panel and giving a notification to reassign panel names.

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                  • Equipment Database

                    Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

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                    • Better default panel clearances

                      Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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                      • Copy equipment connections in equipment group

                        When you copy an equipment group, copy all of the equipment connections in it, too. (Currently the group is copied and the group settings, but not the actual pieces of equipment in the group.)

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                        • Separate column in the feeder schedule for the service grounding electrode conductor.

                          The service ground does not get installed in the conduit with the service entrance conductors, so why is it shown just like all the other feeders where the equipment grounding conductor is installed with the feeder conductors. If you want the feature to show the GEC size, show it in a different column and show the feeder with no ground listed with the feeder conductors so its clear it is not in the conduit.

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                          • Print Load Calculations: Have a Select All/Unselect All checkbox

                            When printing load calculations, have a Select All/Unselect All check box. It's a bit tedious to do manually.

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                            • Variable Custom Pressure Drop in Ductwork

                              Be able to specify a pressure drop in the ductwork that changes based upon the airflow in the ductwork.

                              We currently allow you to lock a specific pressure drop but it does not change as the design changes. Instead lock an equivalent duct length or something similar that would change based upon the airflow.

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                              • Include "1" before single ground and neutral wires

                                Add an option to include a "1" in the wire callout before single ground and neutral wires. Currently the wire size is listed with no count before it.

                                Current wire callout:
                                1/2"C, 1#12, #12N, #12G

                                New wire callout:
                                1/2"C, 1#12, 1#12N, 1#12G

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                                • Add a hatch pattern to room definitions

                                  When defining rooms, it is often difficult to determine which rooms have been defined and which have not, if an area gets surrounded. Adding a hatch pattern on its own layer would make it much easier to determine if you've included all room definition areas.

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                                  • 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.

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                                    • Adjust Feeders and branch circuit sizing based on derating

                                      Adjust the wire size of feeders and branch circuits based on derating. This calculation needs to account for Ambient Temperature Correction Factors, Adjustment Factors and conduits on a roof (even though NEC 2017 eliminated this one). For example, there is an option in DME RT feeder sizing that asks about a double neutral. If we are acknowledging we need a double neutral, it should be understood the neutral is a current carrying conductor and should adjust the wire size and conduit size per the NEC.

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                                      • Upsize wire of branch circuits based on voltage drop

                                        have the branch circuits upsize wire based on the voltage drop or have a setting similar to what we have in AutoCAD.

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                                        • 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.

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