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. 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.

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    • Layer Control Commands for Photometrics

      It would be nice if you could add layer control commands for the associated photometric calculation layers (both general and egress) to turn them on and off like you have for room layers and duct centerlines. The boundaries, foot candles and contours can really clutter up the drawing. Also make it so that when you need to run a general or egress calculation the respective layers will turn back on automatically.

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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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        • Multi text search

          implement Multi-Text search through out the menus.

          So for example when searching through the Insert Receptacle menu and in my case we have several thousand pieces of equipment. if the equipment is called 'RX99S' instead of just allowing us to hit 'R' and starting us off at the beginning of the list of 'R' equipment allow us to type out 'RX99S' and design master go straight to the piece of equipment. this is a very simple change to the code in design master and would save tons of time on projects.

          20 votes
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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.

            23 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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                • 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.

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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.

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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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                                  • 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.

                                          31 votes
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