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. Device Circuiting - More options than just a loop.

    We do a lot of low voltage design, and when we circuit on the drawings, the only option for circuiting is a loop. With multiple low voltage systems on one drawing (door locks, intercoms, CCTV, access control, RFID, duress alarms, paging, etc.), looped circuiting looks messy and can be confusing. It would be nice to have other types of circuiting available that is more linear.

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    • Convert panel schedules to tables

      Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

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      • Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

        I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

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        • Load on circuit by type

          Display load assigned to each load type on a circuit.

          Note that this would be implemented as total load on the circuit for each type. It would not be broken down by phase.

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          • Current Limiting Panel

            For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

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            • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

              Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

              9 votes
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              • Plumbing and Piping Fixtures

                Be able to create plumbing and piping fixtures, similar to light fixture or receptacles in DM Electrical or diffusers in DM HVAC.

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                • Create Room Outlines Automatically

                  Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

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                  • 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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                      • Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

                        Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

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                        • Add DC

                          For modeling complete solar systems.

                          3 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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                              • Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

                                We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

                                Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

                                7 votes
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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.

                                  9 votes
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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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                                    • 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.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Selective Coordination

                                        Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

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                                        • Define data base location in directory other than project directory.

                                          Give us the ability to specify directory location for the project data base rather than being forced to have the data base in the project directory. In a multi-tenant project if each tenant space is in a separate sub-directory you have to copy the building master data base to each sub-directory in order to work on that space. It is difficult to keep track of which tenant space has the most up to date project data base. In an earlier version of Designmaster, we had the ability to look for the data base in a directory above the specific project…

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