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. Include "1" before single ground and neutral wires

    Add an option to include a "1" in the wire callout before single ground and neutral wires. Currently the wire size is listed with no count before it.

    Current wire callout:
    1/2"C, 1#12, #12N, #12G

    New wire callout:
    1/2"C, 1#12, 1#12N, 1#12G

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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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      • 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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          • 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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            • Better default panel clearances

              Have better default values for panel clearances, including options to have it vary upon the panel defition.

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              • Copy distribution panels from job to job in multi-story buildings to serve lease space panels.

                We do a lot of design work in multi-story buildings that require us to show distribution panels on one-lines with load info. Right now I have to create the DPin each job. I would like to be able to copy from job to job with existing loads.

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                • Export Light Fixture Watts to Excel

                  Export the Energy Code Settings->Watts field from the light fixture schedule to Excel using the DM Electrical Excel Add-in.

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                  • Equipment in takeoffs

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

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                    • Show schedule notes on last column when schedule is split

                      Currently if a schedule has a "Maximum Schedule Height" set the schedule notes are placed at the bottom of the first column. It would be better to place them at the bottom of the last column (or at least have an option to place them there) since the last column is often shorter than the others.

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                      • Use commas or spaces to separate voltage, #poles, #wires ect for equipment callouts

                        Currently information on the equipment call out is all grouped together without separation. We have had this requested several times by our clients who would like this changed on our drawings. To currently meet this request we are spending to much time adjusting these individually.

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                        • Create training material for the HVAC section.

                          The tutorial doesn't get into enough depth or cover everything, specifically the master schedule and project schedules and how they affect the project.

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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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                            • Same equipment in multiple drawings or areas

                              Right now I can put one-line devices on multiple drawings, but not equipment. Sometimes the equipment is so large such as a chiller that it needs to be seen on the site drawing at a different scale than the electrical plan view.

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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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                                • 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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                                  • Define data base location in directory other than project directory.

                                    Give us the ability to specify directory location for the project data base rather than being forced to have the data base in the project directory. In a multi-tenant project if each tenant space is in a separate sub-directory you have to copy the building master data base to each sub-directory in order to work on that space. It is difficult to keep track of which tenant space has the most up to date project data base. In an earlier version of Designmaster, we had the ability to look for the data base in a directory above the specific project…

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                                    • Allow the option to add circuiting to fixture callout

                                      Allow the option to put the circuit number or control designation in the bottom of the fixture callout in place of the lamp info.

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                                      • Minimum panel clearance width

                                        For panels smaller than 30" width, increase the panel clearance width to 30" automatically.

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                                        • Compare Number of Balancing Dampers with Diffusers

                                          A simple command that checks the number of volume dampers to the number of diffusers/grilles/registers in the database.

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