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. Outdoor point-by-point calculations

    Add outdoor point-by-point calculations for parking lot lighting.

    12 votes
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    • Equipment airflow available

      Set the available CFM for a piece of equipment. If this value changes, update the airflow assigned in the downstream ducts.

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      • Equipment in takeoffs

        Display equipment information in takeoffs. (Currently the equipment blocks are graphical only, mainly for 3D drafting).

        1 vote
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        • System capacity for mechanical equipment

          It would be great if when entering the equipment you could enter system capacity; then when running the load calc, similarly to what DM offers for CFM, you could have Current BTUs and Required BTUs. This could be per zone.

          6 votes
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          • Label and Leader for Mechanical Equipment

            Add a label and leader for the callout to mechanical equipment.

            3 votes
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            • Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar

              Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar.

              4 votes
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              • Change default "max depth" setting for ductwork

                Add an option for the default "max depth" value that is used when you insert a new duct. Currently it always starts at 24 and you have to remember to change it if you want something different.

                3 votes
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                • Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

                  DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

                  14 votes
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                  • Voltage Drop in Equipment Schedule

                    Add "Voltage Drop" as a column to the equipment schedule. Would list the branch circuit voltage drop to a each piece of equipment in the schedule.

                    2 votes
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                    • Calculate Voltage Drop for Subset of Project

                      Be able to recalculate the voltage drop for just a portion of the project when updating the schedule.

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                      • Custom Transformer Impedance and XR Ratio

                        Be able to create a custom table of impedance and XR ratio values for transformers based upon the kVA. Currently the default values are fixed. If you always use different values, you have to manually change them every time.

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                        • Fewer Tick Marks and Circuit Labels on Combined Homeruns

                          Have an option for combined homeruns that will display tick marks and a circuit callout on the loop where the circuits change.

                          For example, if you have a circuit like this:

                          <-----(1)------(1)------(3)------(3)

                          It would insert a circuit label and tick marks between the devices on circuit 1 and 3.

                          P-1,3<-----(1)------(1)---3--(3)------(3)

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                          • RV Park and Marina Branch Circuit Calculations

                            For RV Parks and Marinas, be able to model the pedestals or shore power receptacles as equipment connections, and use the feeder calculations on the branch circuits for breaker sizing and voltage drop purposes.

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                            • Customizable tick marks

                              DesignMaster currently supports the following tick marks during an "Insert tick mark" operation:

                              - Hots
                              - Neutral
                              - Ground
                              - Iso ground
                              - Switch leg
                              - Traveller
                              - Space

                              We'd like the option to include customizable tick marks in addition to the ones already implemented above. For example, we include tick marks for low voltage cabling used to dim luminaries on our drawings.

                              I imagine the customization being performed through Design Master Electrical Options under the "Tick Mark Blocks" section. There'd be a "Customized tick mark 1 name" option and another option called "Customized tick mark 1 block". These customized…

                              1 vote
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                              • Homerun from non-circuited devices

                                We'd like an option to manually homerun from devices that lack a circuit. For example, we frequently connect switched receptacles to relays controlled by occupancy sensors, so we'd like to show our homeruns to start at that relay as opposed to a receptacle. We also currently show lighting homeruns commencing at relays for the same reason.

                                We'd still like to be able to select devices whose circuits we want to include in the homerun.

                                10 votes
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                                • Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

                                  Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

                                    Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

                                    The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

                                    It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

                                    1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

                                    Breaker Frame (AF)
                                    Breaker trip (AT)
                                    Breaker plug size (AP)*

                                    Long-time pickup (LTPU)
                                    Long-time delay (LTD)
                                    Short-time pickup (STPU) …

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Transfer Grilles for Air Balance Report

                                      Add a transfer grille option for return air so that you can use the balance report function on projects which use transfer grilles.

                                      22 votes
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                                      • Recurring Low Voltage Panel

                                        Create recurring low voltage panels that work like standard recurring panels.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Add "Panel Neutral" in Revit MEP

                                          Add "Panel Neutral" as a parameter to panels in Revit MEP.

                                          Options for neutral would be:
                                          50%
                                          100%
                                          133%
                                          200%
                                          None

                                          This value would be a shared parameter for scheduling purposes. It would not be used in any calculations.

                                          3 votes
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