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. Custom Feeder or Wire Callouts

    Be able to custom the wire callouts used for feeders and branch circuits.

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    • HVAC - Allow for the input of design Notes

      In the "Room Project Schedule" add a box which would allow for the addition of design notes. This would allow for the designer to document why certain values where chosen. When the loads are printed the notes would also be displayed for reference.

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      • Size Transformer Feeders Differently than Other Feeders

        Allow transformer feeders to be sized using different size wires than other feeders. In particular, this would be for sizing 800A feeders. Normal panels can use 500kcmil wires, but transformers require 600kcmil.

        (The workaround for the moment is to use 500kcmil for your 800A automatic sizing and to manually size the transformers to 600kcmil.)

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        • Plumbing and Piping Fixtures

          Be able to create plumbing and piping fixtures, similar to light fixture or receptacles in DM Electrical or diffusers in DM HVAC.

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          • Use correct fittings

            The pressure drop calcs indicate the wrong fitting types in some cases. For example, a fitting that begins with "SD" stands for "Supply/Diameter" and "SR" stands for "Supply/Rectangular", etc. If you have a duct system that is all rectangular, there should not be any SD fittings indicated. Likewise for round systems, there should not be any SR fittings indicated.

            3 votes
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            • Highlight Footcandle Levels Below a Certain Level

              It would also be nice if foot candle levels less than a certain value could be a different color. This would make it easier to spot levels below a certain threshold, like fc levels for emergency egress lower limits.

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              • Command to Automatically Turn Photometric Layers On and Off

                It would be nice to have ribbon menu icon commands to turn the photometric layers on and off as well as automatically turn the respective layer back on after doing a recalc of either general or egress lighting.

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                • Calculate General and Egress Photometrics in Same Boundary

                  It would be nice if we didn't need to create two photometric calculation areas. It would be great if one calc area could work for both general and egress calcs.

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                  • Demolition Layer Devices

                    I do not feel that the schedules should show counts for devices like receptacles and computer outlets that are on a demolition layer.

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                    • New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

                      Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

                      8 votes
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                      • Loop Feed Transformer

                        Add an option to allow loop feeds for transformers.

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                        • Create Room Outlines Automatically

                          Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

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                          • Show Locked CFM in Duct Centerline

                            I have been back into DM after a short break away from it's use. I have found that text now appears along the center line referencing that the width, depth, or shape of the duct has been locked. This is a great new feature. However, I feel that one of the most important features that could be shown as locked is that of the CFM. In a quick duct sizing and CFM check, by locking the CFM of the end duct in the various branch strings, one can size and determine very quickly how a system is going to be.…

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                            • Tick Marks on Switches in Parallel

                              Handle tick marks on switches in parallel correctly.

                              One use for this is multiple occupancy sensors in which case if any one switch is on the lights will be one. Each switch requires a hot and neutral as well as the switched leg.

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                              • Adding Further Pipe Symbols

                                All of these symbols came up on one particular project, please leave comments on common plumbing symbols that I may have missed. Adding in these symbols and the corresponding isometric representations would greatly reduce the amount of time required to create each one of them by hand on both models. The following are the symbols that I found would be useful additions:

                                - Mixing valves
                                - Water heaters
                                - Grease interceptor
                                - Sample wells for grease interceptors
                                - Cleanout
                                - Cleanout to grade
                                - Two-way cleanout
                                - Backflow preventer
                                - Water filter

                                22 votes
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                                • Add Standard UPC and IPC Water Closet and Urinal Sizing Charts

                                  In the UPC and IPC the conversion from water closet counts and urinal counts to a number of fixture units is a standard table. Adding this to Design Master would be a small change yet very helpful.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Add Standard UPC and IPC Sizing Charts

                                    Especially for waste and vent sizing, the conversion from fixture units to pipe sizing is standard for all cases for the UPC and IPC. Generating sizing charts for cold and hot water, automatically through a series of settings possibly, would be probably more difficult to implement but equally helpful to make sizing plumbing easier.

                                    14 votes
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                                    • Automatically Add a "Jog" When a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall Would Create an Overlap

                                      Currently, when a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall returns back from the wall on top of the pipe going towards the wall, the pipe on top hides the underneath pipe. A common way of representing this in 2-D models is by adding a "jog" in the pipe. However, in the isometric model the jog doesn't need to appear because overlapping isn't a problem. Automatically showing this "jog" on the 2-D model would make representing these cases much easier.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Dialog Boxes to View and Edit Load Calculation Settings for Entire Building at Once

                                        Currently to view the ventilation and load schedules the report is run and appears in an html file. If for instance the outside air % is too high I then have to exit the report go back into the rooms with the high percentage and manually overventilate.

                                        It would be great if there was a screen that combined all of the room information, areas, CFMs, etc. (similar to the load report) but this screen allowed you to manually modify the CFMs, system static pressure, outside air percentage, etc. and by doing this all of the room information is updated at…

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

                                          Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

                                          35 votes
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