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. Before & After Model

    Develop a simple way to build and manage a "before" and "after" model of an electrical distribution system for renovation and build-out projects.

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      high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Photovoltaic Design

      Add features to support PV design, such as inverters, combiners, and a string calculator.

      7 votes
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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Copy distribution panels from job to job in multi-story buildings to serve lease space panels.

        We do a lot of design work in multi-story buildings that require us to show distribution panels on one-lines with load info. Right now I have to create the DPin each job. I would like to be able to copy from job to job with existing loads.

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          high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow the option to add circuiting to fixture callout

          Allow the option to put the circuit number or control designation in the bottom of the fixture callout in place of the lamp info.

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            medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 24x24 Box Around Diffuser

            Have an option to insert a 24x24 box around an diffuser for use in RCP's.

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              medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Grips Work With Diffuser Callouts

              Fix the diffuser callouts so they can be moved more consistently and reliable with grips instead of using the "Move Callout" command.

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                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Diffuser Insertion at Corner (for Ceiling Grids)

                Have the option to insert diffusers at the corner of the diffuser, not the center. This change would assist in placing diffusers properly in ceiling grids.

                49 votes
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                  medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • New / Existing Pipe Connection Graphics

                  When connecting a new waste pipe to an existing pipe, draw the chamfer between the two using the new layer system (not the existing layer system as it currently does).

                  5 votes
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                    high effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Edit Multiple Types of Devices

                    Create an "Edit Multiple" command to works on all types of devices. Include only attributes that are common to all types of devices: layer system, elevation.

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                      high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      64 votes
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                        high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Takeoffs: Separate Overhead and Underground Wires

                        For takeoffs, provide a way to separate overhead and underground wires and provide lengths for each type.

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                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Export to eQuest or DOE2.2

                          Be able to export building load information to eQuest or DOE2.2 using gbXML for energy modeling purposes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, LEED, and Title 24.

                          29 votes
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                            high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 32 votes
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                              low effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Device Customization blocks subfolders

                              Many of our projects require custom device blocks. We also have blocks for US standards, European standards, Middle Eastern standards, etc. The Customization folder is a mess. It would be nice if DM searched this selected folder and all of it's subfolders for it's blocks without having to add them each to AutoCAD's support paths.

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                                high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • enable object snap for Move Note

                                Nitpicky feature, but it would be nice to be able to use the object snaps when moving notes so they can be more easily lined up.

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                                  high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a "match circuit" command.

                                  Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

                                  26 votes
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                                    low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make all Panel/Device selections drop downs

                                    Some windows allow you to choose a panel or device (receptacle, lvd, light, etc) by a drop down box. Others require you to slowly click next/previous. It would be great if all the next/previous windows were converted to the drop down box.

                                    I feel the benefits are pretty obvious.

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                                      high effort to implement  ·  5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      168 votes
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                                        high effort to implement  ·  8 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 11 votes
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                                          medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Circuit and Move Note in one step

                                          Often when circuiting I find the location DM puts the label is very poor. It would be nice if after inserting the circuit I could move the circuit text without having to stop the circuiting action, move the text, then start the circuiting action again.

                                          4 votes
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                                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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