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. Count devices connected to recurring panels

    Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

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    • Acoustical Calculations

      Add acoustical calculations to the ductwork.

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      • Right click when entering Duct Labels to Rotate Label

        Similar to how you can right click to add leader lines when labeling diffusers, it would be helpful to be able to right click duct labels to rotate them instead of making this a two step process. Also, rotating it would remove the arrow that sometimes accompanies the duct label.

        3 votes
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        • Arc-flash label sizes

          Be able to change the size of the arc-flash labels to fit a specific size.

          7 votes
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          • Compare Number of Balancing Dampers with Diffusers

            A simple command that checks the number of volume dampers to the number of diffusers/grilles/registers in the database.

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            • Tick marks for more than 1-pole, wire callouts for > #12

              Add another option to "Homerun wire callouts and tick marks" labeled "Tick marks for more than 1-pole , wire callouts for > #12".

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              • 4 votes
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                • Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

                  High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

                  Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

                  12 votes
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                  • Improve Indoor Lighting Level Report

                    Add "Allowed Watts / SF" as a field to rooms.

                    Add "Allowed Watts / SF" and "Total Allowed Watts" as columns to the indoor lighting schedule.

                    Add a "Totals" row at the bottom that totals the area, allowed watts, and computed watts.

                    3 votes
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                    • Photometric calculation schedule

                      I would like to suggest that the photometric calculation schedule be a combined schedule for all rooms instead of a dedicated schedule for each single room/space (or both options be available). We are typically asked to provide a single schedule that lists the room/space name in the first column and then the various footcandle columns.

                      4 votes
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                      • Lighting loads - additional options

                        I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.

                        1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

                        Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting…

                        6 votes
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                        • Actual Tonnage for HVAC Equipment

                          Add an option to specify the actual tonnage for HVAC equipment in the zone dialog. Use this value to display actual CFM / ton and other values.

                          3 votes
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                          • Existing Loads & Metered Demand

                            Include, in options, the ability to not include existing (layered) items in panel, feeder, and service calculations. I'd like to enter the load to keep track of it, but have the ability to exclude it from the load calculations since "existing" would be included in the metered demand load.

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                            • Color code room outlines by wall type.

                              So for example when modifying walls during a load calc. Exterior walls might be red, partitions blue, and interior walls (no heat transfer) green. This could even be expanded to visually shows with color walls that have windows or doors.

                              There have been many times when I've had to back check walls that were inadvertently called out as partitions instead of exterior. Color coding would give an instant visual clue where mistakes might have been made.

                              20 votes
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                              • Duct Continuation

                                There may already be an option (please inform me as I am not aware) for a 'duct continuation symbol/fitting'. Currently I have to go back and Pline a goofy looking thing to indicate continuations in the ductwork. Any thoughts?

                                6 votes
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                                • Generator Load Calculations

                                  Calculate generator loads correctly, mostly by being able to specify that certain loads should not be included in the generator load.

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                                  • Add capability to have separate two line callouts for supply and return diffusers.

                                    Add capability to have custom two line callouts for supply, return and exhaust diffusers as there is currently for one line callouts. Allow the second line to be blank for the return callout as there is often no need for cfm on the return callout. Same as a two line callout for supply diffusers and one line for return grilles.

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                                    • Quick change between tick mark configurations in "Insert Tick Marks" command

                                      Add some way to quickly change between tick mark configurations in the "Insert Tick Mark" command. Either templates that the user creates, or a set of commonly used configurations.

                                      If you do vote for this, it would be helpful for you to leave a comment listing most common configuration of tick marks you use.

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                                      • DESIGN MASTER ELECTRICAL when wiring using the looping option

                                        When wiring I have more often than not had to manually loop my devices for a better looking presentation but the only problem is that the wires loose their intelligence and become as regular polylines. I would like to see an intelligent manual line which auto breaks and shows the tick marks just like the auto looping feature does please.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Wrap wire size text on panel schedules

                                          Add the ability for wire size callouts on the panel schedule to wrap if they get too long, similar to how circuit description wrap.

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