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. 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?

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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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      • Edit Fixture Units in "Edit Multiple Pipes" Command

        The Edit Multiple Pipes command needs to have the ability to change fixture units. Sometimes I forget to add fixture units to hot and cold water pipes I'm copying to other sink or shower locations and then I have to change each one individually or erase them and copy them again after I've added fixtures units to the first one to be copied. The current project I'm working on is a large university sports complex with a lot of locker rooms so you can imagine the number of showers, sinks and toilets, etc.

        2 votes
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        • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

          Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

          3 votes
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          • ADD SECURITY SYMBOLS TO LV OPTIONS

            DOOR STRIKE/DOOR CONTACT
            CAMERA
            MOTION SENSOR
            CARD READER
            KEYPAD

            JUST A FEW EXAMPLES...

            3 votes
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            • Change Voltage of Project

              Be able to change voltage of a completed project for 208V to 240V and keep everything connected and circuited.

              11 votes
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              • Load Calculations for Welders

                Add support for calculating loads based upon NEC 630 Electric Welders.

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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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                  • 'Capped Ductwork for Future Use' command

                    This is similar to the 'end cap' command, but would draw a 'capped for future use' symbol on the end of a duct branch.

                    3 votes
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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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                      • Luminaire energy code settings should default to "input VA" for Watts & "schedule descrip." for description

                        This would save two extra input steps in most cases. You could still click into the box to edit the Watts and Description.

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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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                          • Be able to move light fixture callout during fixture insertion

                            After inserting a light fixture, prompt for the location of the light fixture callout. This feature exists for the callout style that is not directly linked to the fixture. The request is to make it work for callouts that are part of the fixture.

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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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                              • Dash in Empty Schedule Cells

                                Include an option to print a "-" (a dash) in schedule cells if nothing is printed in them.

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                                • Export schedules to excel

                                  My estimators are always asking me if they can get my fixture or panel schedules in an excel format.

                                  27 votes
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                                  • Equipment Disconnect NEMA Rating

                                    Add "Disconnect NEMA Size" and "Disconnect NEMA Enclosure" as attributes to equipment connections.

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                                    • Single-phase load on three-phase equipment

                                      Add a way to include a single-phase load on three-phase equipment. One common use for this is VAV boxes with 3-phase heaters and 1-phase motors, all with a single electrical connection.

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                                      • Device Circuiting - More options than just a loop.

                                        We do a lot of low voltage design, and when we circuit on the drawings, the only option for circuiting is a loop. With multiple low voltage systems on one drawing (door locks, intercoms, CCTV, access control, RFID, duress alarms, paging, etc.), looped circuiting looks messy and can be confusing. It would be nice to have other types of circuiting available that is more linear.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Query Low Voltage Device

                                          Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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