Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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.

    3 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 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…

    2 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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.

    13 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Create Room Outlines Automatically

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

    11 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

    Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

    39 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add DC

    For modeling complete solar systems.

    3 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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

    1 vote
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    high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Selective Coordination

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

    9 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 10 votes
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    high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. The ability to easily copy all pipes including risers to other drawings.

    Would be great to be able to copy all piping, including risers to other drawings. Even if you had the option to change risers to pipe I think it would be helpful and save time from having to chase down and draw all the risers a second time.

    5 votes
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