Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. Highlight Duct Sizes That Changed After Resizing Ductwork

    For large sprawling duct systems it is difficult to monitor all the duct sizes that change. When you calculate and redraw a single branch, all the ducts are erased and redrawn. This makes it difficult to know which duct sizes changed and which stayed the same.

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    low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Indoor point-by-point calculations

    Add indoor point-by-point lighting calculations.

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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. One-Line Export to Drafting Views

    If there was a way to have the export of one line diagrams go to drafting views instead of populating external dwgs?

    17 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Electrical RT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I won’t say never, because that’s what we originally said about ever doing anything for Revit at all, and look where we are. However, this request is very unlikely. Using all the power of AutoCAD, we just barely are able to pull off a one-line that people are comfortable using. It would be a lot of work to do something in Revit that is half as good that likely no one would actually be happy using.

  4. 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.

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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Handle LED Lighting Better

    Calculate the load based upon the length and the remote transformers.

    15 votes
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  6. SKM Power Tools

    Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

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    high effort to implement  ·  5 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Change Room Names from the Zone Tree or Floor Tree

    Be able to right click or slow-double-click on a room name in the Zone Tree or Floor Tree to be able to change it

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  8. Metric

    Support drawings with metric base units.

    14 votes
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  9. 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.

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    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Populate MCC Information Based upon Equipment

    The motor control center schedule includes several fields that could be populated from the information entered into the equipment connection devices. These include:

    Disconnect fuse size
    Starter NEMA size
    Starter type (ie, starter description)

    However, these fields do not populate automatically when the equipment connection devices are circuited to the motor control center. Is there a way to make the motor control center fields automatically pick this information from the equipment connection devices when they are circuited to a motor control center? Is there a way to override automatically populating the starter information into the motor control center when the…

    14 votes
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  11. Export the luminaire schedule into excel

    I have lighting reps ask me all the time for an excel spreadsheet of our luminaire schedule. It would be helpful to export our luminaire schedule into excel.

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  12. Support Paralleled Generators Connected to Switchboard

    DM does not currently support more than one source on the Normal side of an ATS or the EM side of ATS, however larger I-2, I-3 occupancies generally have paralleled generators connected to a switchboard. This feature would avoid cumbersome work arounds.

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    medium effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Set number of spare breakers

    Add an option to require a set number of spare breakers on every panel. The other breakers in the panel would be listed as spaces.

    13 votes
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  14. Low-voltage looping

    Be able to draw loops between devices for low-voltage lines, for connecting items like sensors and power packs.

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  15. 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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  16. add medium voltage conductors as an option when sizing conduits.

    MV conductor insulation is much larger so you cannot get as many conductors inside a conduit. if you're using design master to calculate your feeder conduits it will be incorrect over 600v. I don't believe this is readily apparent now.

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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. More options for panel callouts, circuit labels, and homerun callouts

    Add the ability to specify a prefix or suffix for panel callouts when inserting them on the drawing. For example, be able to label them NEW PANEL 'LA' rather than simple LA.

    Also be able to replace the panel name with a different value in the circuit callout. This feature would be used when the panel name is very long.

    Also be able to leave the panel name off entirely and list just the circuit number in the homerun label. This feature would be used when there is only one panel in an area.

    12 votes
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    medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

    High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

    Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

    12 votes
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  19. Outdoor point-by-point calculations

    Add outdoor point-by-point calculations for parking lot lighting.

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  20. 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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