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. 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.

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    • Manufactured Wiring (Modular wiring) NEC 604

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

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      • add sub-script option for junction boxes

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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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                      • Device information on hover

                        When you hover (or float) your mouse over a DM device, display information about that device in a tooltip.

                        For DM Electrical, possible information would include callout and circuit number

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                        • When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

                          When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

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                          • When inserting circuited equipment on a drawing, do not insert a homerun

                            When inserting a piece of equipment on a drawing that is connected to a circuit, the homerun is inserted, too. Add a checkbox to the insert equipment dialog box to allow you to insert the equipment with a circuit label but no homerun.

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                            • Add a sort by circuit id, then by callout to Project Explorer

                              Many times on complicated drawings I have a circuit that feeds multiple floors of devices or large areas. When I do Find Circuit, DM will zoom way out, highlight all the devices, and put lines to them. As soon as I try to find those far away circuits the lines disappear and then I start the needle in the hay stack look. If I has sort by circuit id, then callout I could see all the devices and then select find on each device of that circuit till I select the one in question since it creates a line that…

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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.

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                                • Add Static Regain that balances duct system correctly

                                  Current Static Regain calculation does not seem to calc and size ducts to balance system. The static regain should balance the system where the ducts split.

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                                  • put alternating shading on successive rows in outputted html tables/reports

                                    For example, when I print an HVAC load calculation report, the many row entries can be difficult to follow visually across the screen. This obviously won't be useful in absolutely every case, but an option to have a little bgcolor="#EEEEEE" every other line would be awesome.

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                                    • please show velocity and PD/100ft

                                      by showing velocity and PD/100ft on a check layer, engineers could check work and easily scan and review a job for errors.

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                                      • Find Unlooped Devices

                                        A function similar to “Find Uncircuited” that finds elements that are circuited but have not been looped – “Find Unlooped” or something of that nature. I often am at risk of missing a dedicated receptacle or single equipment connection that I circuited, but missed when I was going through the looping/home run process.

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                                        • Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

                                          Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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