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. Batch Device Query

    Query multiple receptacles, light fixtures, low voltage devices and equipment at the same time, being able to edit properties of all selected.

    This would be useful for adding a special subscript note, or adding a custom load to a group of devices.

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      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

      In the current release, the “Edit Multiple” commands can be used for this purpose. There is a separate command for each type of device.

      In the next release, we’ve upgraded the command to better list the values in the selected devices.

    • Overhaul One-Line Diagrams to populate themselves

      It would be very helpful if you there was a system in design master to automatically draft/populate a One-Line/Riser/other Diagram in model space based on what panels, switchboards, transformers, wireways etc. have been defined in the database itself.

      The most preferred way to do this is if Design Master would create the Diagram based on templates, or a customized template that we could edit ourselves which would instruct Design Master how to draft the diagram (where to place devices in relation to eachother, size of panels/busses, what information about those devices you want displayed, whether you want wire callouts visible…

      62 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
      • Inform Of Connected Load On A Switch

        When connecting loads on a switch, a tally of the load in amps should be available as a guide so as not to overload a switch. For example a dimming switch rated at 800W should not exceed 6.7A at 120V, otherwise the switch is overloaded and may fail.

        25 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
        • Provide training seminars other than the annual conference.

          Having training available only once per year at your annual conference is very limiting. Do webinars if travelling is too costly.

          18 votes
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          • Add lumens, lamp depreciation, IES file name, and possibly mtg height (if it's constant) to the light fixture schedule.

            Add lumens, lamp depreciation, IES file name, and possibly mtg height (if it's constant) to the light fixture schedule.

            Would be useful when evaluating different lighting options. Also would make identifying input errors easier when swapping out IES files and lamp types.

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
            • Allow equipment callouts to be specified per equipment group, instead of globally

              It would be a great help to be able to choose an equipment callout to be tied to each equipment group instead of a single global selection. We use a different equipment tag for Kitchen equipment, Mechanical equipment, Shop equipment, etc.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
              • Import Time Current Curves

                The ability to save and import a time current curve to be used in the arc flash calculations and to overlay the curves on a graph. Preferably to save these curves into a master database to have the ability to use the same curve on multiple projects

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                  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                  This is implemented for DM Electrical 8.3.

                  You are able to associate a file with the panel and easily view it while entering your arc-flash values.

                  You can’t do anything more involved that displaying the file for now. You are still responsible for interpreting the file and determining the arcing times based upon the calculated arcing current.

                • Reverse Tick Marks

                  Add a button to the "Insert Tick Marks" command to reverse the order of the tick marks in the dialog box.

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                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                  • Remove callouts from equipment connections

                    Be able to remove a callout from a single piece of equipment on the drawing.

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                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide Consistent Ordering to Combined Circuit Descriptions

                      If you circuit two items with different descriptions, the order of those descriptions in the circuit is random. You will get descriptions of "Primary, Secondary" and "Secondary, Primary". Make the circuit descriptions combine in a consistent manner. The default will be to sort them alphabetically. Include an option to force an different ordering on descriptions when alphabetical is not appropriate.

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                        0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                      • Designmaster Electrical would run on Bricscad

                        Thinking about Switching to Bricscad, would like for Design Master to support

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                          2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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                            1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Merge Circuits

                            Add the option to merge two circuits together.

                            One of the circuits would end up as a space with nothing connected to it, no fixed loads, and no locked breaker or wire sizes.

                            The other would have all of the devices that were originally connected to the two devices, the sum of the fixed loads from the two circuits, and all the fixed breaker and wire sizes from the two circuits.

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                              1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                            • Add sub-script option to Low-Voltage Devices

                              Add the subscript option to Low-Voltage Devices.

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                                0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                              • Use actual room CFM from diffusers rather than calculated for ventilation calculation

                                We are having issues with permits using the ASHRAE Ventilation calculation because DM is using the calculated CFMs instead of actual CFMs on plans. We are having to tweak all the load inputs and use minimum air flows to spit out correct CFMs in ventilation calculation. The loads have actual loads print out, so maybe this is an easy fix.

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                • Highlight Locked Duct Sizes

                                  We often need to lock a duct size or sizes for various reasons. After creating large sprawling duct systems, it is difficult to track these locked ducts so that we can check them when airflows change and resize them if necessary.

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                                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                  • Link room numbers with panel schedules

                                    Use the 'Room Number' field to specify where loads are located in the panel schedules. The 'Description' field in the panel would automatically be filled with the description linked to the load, then the room numbers. i.e. RECEPTACLE 105, 108, 110, 100 or LIGHTING 209, 210, 211, 212.

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                                      3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • 3 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Separate hangers on their own layer for BIM modeling.

                                        Need to print various trades by color for coordination drawings. I think the hangers would be more legible if they could be a different color.

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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
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                                            3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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