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. 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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            • Diffuser Airflow Patterns

              HVAC diffusers have air flow patterns much like light fixtures have photometric patterns.

              Air Diffuser manufacturers supply the pattern shapes and provide the distances in feet for airflow velocities at 150FPM, 100FPM and 50FPM for heating and cooling.

              Is there a way you can give the DM user the ability to insert their own airflow pattern (through a formatted file input) with contour lines similar to DM photo metrics?

              This would be DM's start into Computational Fluid Dynamics.

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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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                • A copy function for identical floor plans in multi-level buildings would be a time saving idea to speed up drawing.

                  So that when I am working on a multilevel building all I would have to do is copy the floor plan from one identical level and placing it on the other matching levels then just rename the panels and circuit names, without duplicating the copied information on the original panels. Breaking its connection with the parent panel and giving a notification to reassign panel names.

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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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                                • 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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                                  • Error Checking

                                    Provide a simple error checking routine that will look at panel loads and compare them to wire sizes and ratings of upstream breakers. This could be a simple table like voltage drop and fault currents where out of range values are shown in a different font type.

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                                    • Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar

                                      Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar.

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                                      • Customizable tick marks

                                        DesignMaster currently supports the following tick marks during an "Insert tick mark" operation:

                                        - Hots
                                        - Neutral
                                        - Ground
                                        - Iso ground
                                        - Switch leg
                                        - Traveller
                                        - Space

                                        We'd like the option to include customizable tick marks in addition to the ones already implemented above. For example, we include tick marks for low voltage cabling used to dim luminaries on our drawings.

                                        I imagine the customization being performed through Design Master Electrical Options under the "Tick Mark Blocks" section. There'd be a "Customized tick mark 1 name" option and another option called "Customized tick mark 1 block". These customized…

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                                        • Before & After Model

                                          Develop a simple way to build and manage a "before" and "after" model of an electrical distribution system for renovation and build-out projects.

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