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. Import Multiple Items from Master Schedule

    When importing items from the master schedule to the project schedule using the "Import from Master Schedule" button, allow multiple items to be selected and imported at once. (Currently you are limited to importing one item or all of the items.)

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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
    • Different Connection Options for Different Types of Diffusers

      Have the "Diffuser Connection Settings" be able to be set based upon airflow type. For example, supply ducts always connect with flexible and return ducts connect with hard.

      2 votes
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        0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
      • Pressure Labels on Ductwork

        Add a button to label the pressure drop for a run of duct (the "Pressure Drop in this Section" value from the the "Query Duct" window). We use DM HVAC to do a lot of existing ductwork analysis for energy audits, etc., and we could really use a function that shows us how much pressure drop each section of the ductwork has, and the pressure drop for each fitting, in much the same format as the ductwork size labels currently appear.

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          0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
        • Universal update button

          This button would update all schedules, panels and one lines with one click. Currently going through each schedule option and then during review only finding out you missed one is agonizing. Update drawing and database does NOT do this.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
          • Print Panel Schedules to Place Inside Panels

            Add a command to print panel schedules that can be placed inside panels. The panel schedule will have options to include some basic information in the header, and then list each circuit and the load description.

            The width of the panel schedule will be variable to accommodate the various size sleeves that panels come with.

            52 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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                1 comment  ·  Plumbing  ·  Admin →
              • Change Fixture Tags as a part of "Edit Multiple Fixtures".

                When "Editing Multiple Fixtures", the fixture in the database is changed, but the fixture tag is not changed in the drawing. It would be good for this to change automatically, similar to the attributes of "edit multiple receptacles" so that each fixture tag does not have to be edited manually.

                4 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                • Turn Off Individual Diffuser Tags

                  Be able to turn diffuser tags on and off for specific diffusers.

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                  • High Voltage Motors

                    Add higher voltage ranges for equipment and power distribution equipment. Allow us to utilize a 4160v option for larger motors on projects that have very large motors.

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                      0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                    • HVAC Material Takeoff

                      Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

                      We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

                      21 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                      • Place Panel Lug or Main OPD, the Panel Outline in One-Line Diagram

                        Also when a panel/switch board is inserted we currently draw the outline of the panel and the lug and/or main OPD is placed automatically. We would like to place the lug and/or OPD first so it is easier to line up devices.

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                          0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                        • Show Panels without Lugs on One-Line Diagram

                          When drawing a panel with a main breaker it shows a lug and a breaker. This causes confusion with the people we have looking at the drawings. We would prefer not to see the lug symbol so there is no confusion between panels with main lug and main breakers.

                          15 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                          • Duct elevation tags

                            Add duct top and bottom elevation tags based on the duct elevation and height. Tag would be turned on/off like duct size labels.

                            19 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                            • Set Maximum Schedule Height

                              Set a maximum height for schedules. If the schedule exceeds that height, it will continue with the schedule in the space to the right of the schedule.

                              11 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                              • Set CFM Total for a Zone

                                Set the total CFM value for a zone. This value will be distributed to the rooms based upon the relative calculated CFM values.

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                                  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                • Equipment Connections with Shared Definitions

                                  Create a way to schedule equipment similar to light fixtures or receptacles so that you have multiple instances of one type of equipment. Often a piece of equipment appears multiple times in a project. This feature will make it easier to update when the definition of the equipment changes.

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →

                                    We implemented what we hope covers the spirit of this request in DM Electrical 8.3. Rather than make shared definitions, we decided to make it possible (and easy) to change multiple pieces of equipment at once. Using the “Edit Multiple Equipment” command, you can select all the similar equipment and make changes to all of it at once.

                                  • Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

                                    Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

                                    23 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                    • Device subscripts on schedules

                                      When an electrical device is created that always has a subscript(i.e. G subscript for ground fault receptacle) that subscript is not inserted with the device in the symbol column of the schedule. We have to add text to the symbol in the schedule to note the different types of receptacles. If the schedule changes the text needs to be manually updated. An option to include the subscript with the symbol would be helpful.

                                      3 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve Duct Break Graphics

                                        Omit the line that appears on only one side of a transparent duct section. Simply make the duct section transparent and allow the user to insert symbols as desired.

                                        7 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →
                                        • Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

                                          Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

                                          Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

                                          70 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Admin →
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