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 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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    • 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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      • Automatically Add a "Jog" When a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall Would Create an Overlap

        Currently, when a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall returns back from the wall on top of the pipe going towards the wall, the pipe on top hides the underneath pipe. A common way of representing this in 2-D models is by adding a "jog" in the pipe. However, in the isometric model the jog doesn't need to appear because overlapping isn't a problem. Automatically showing this "jog" on the 2-D model would make representing these cases much easier.

        3 votes
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        • Dialog Boxes to View and Edit Load Calculation Settings for Entire Building at Once

          Currently to view the ventilation and load schedules the report is run and appears in an html file. If for instance the outside air % is too high I then have to exit the report go back into the rooms with the high percentage and manually overventilate.

          It would be great if there was a screen that combined all of the room information, areas, CFMs, etc. (similar to the load report) but this screen allowed you to manually modify the CFMs, system static pressure, outside air percentage, etc. and by doing this all of the room information is updated at…

          3 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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            • 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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              • Add DC

                For modeling complete solar systems.

                3 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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • 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.

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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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                            • 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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                              • Canadian Electrical Code Capability

                                As the word of this software is increasing in Canada, it would be a good idea to have the capabilities of incorporating the Canadian Electrical Code into Design Master.

                                4 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • 1 vote
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