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. Breaker Using Twice as Many Spaces

    Many breaker panels of old and of new has the ability to put a single, two, or three pole breaker in that takes twice as many spaces as normal. Example is I have a panel I have to represent that has a 2 pole breaker that takes position 36-38 and 40-42. It also has a 3 pole breaker in it that take 24-26,28-30,32-34. I have no way of circuiting the device and still have it on phase A, B, and C.

    8 votes
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    • Update Pipe Breaks on Save or Open

      When inserting fittings or piping the software will go through a regeneration process after each item is inserted. When files are small this is not a big deal. On large projects there is a noticeable delay and the software zooms out to the extents and then back into the area you are working on. Rather than do this on every change, include an option to only do this when the drawing is saved (and possibly when the drawing is opened).

      8 votes
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      • Make schedules sortable by different fields

        Be able to sort schedules by different fields instead of just the default field.

        8 votes
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        • Arc-flash label sizes

          Be able to change the size of the arc-flash labels to fit a specific size.

          8 votes
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          • 8 votes
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            • Photovoltaic Design

              Add features to support PV design, such as inverters, combiners, and a string calculator.

              7 votes
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              • On a one-line diagram, a vertical bus panel should have horizontal branch breakers--NOT vertical!

                When you generate a one-line diagram, if you have panels that have a vertical bus, their branch breakers end up at the bottom of the bus and are vertical. The look like main breakers--not branch breakers. A work around for this is for every vertical bus panel, generate a riser diagram starting with that panel. Even this work around is not perfect, as you have to resize the vertical bus and fiddle with the branch breaker.

                7 votes
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                • Modify design load calculations and output to accommodate VAV system selection

                  Modify design load calculations to more accurately size/select VAV boxes. The revised calculations would take into account the heat required to overcome the additional air supplied to the VAV box that is over and above the minimum required in the heating calculations. This will help since the additional air is typically at 55 degrees and will actually add heat load to the space in addition to that required by the envelope and minimum supply air. In some cases this can be a significant load.

                  6 votes
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                  • Lighting loads - additional options

                    I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.

                    1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

                    Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting…

                    6 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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                      • Remove pipe label from specific pipes

                        Be able to remove text from specific pipes so that not every little branch and section has a label.

                        6 votes
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                        • System capacity for mechanical equipment

                          It would be great if when entering the equipment you could enter system capacity; then when running the load calc, similarly to what DM offers for CFM, you could have Current BTUs and Required BTUs. This could be per zone.

                          6 votes
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                          • Adjust Feeders and branch circuit sizing based on derating

                            Adjust the wire size of feeders and branch circuits based on derating. This calculation needs to account for Ambient Temperature Correction Factors, Adjustment Factors and conduits on a roof (even though NEC 2017 eliminated this one). For example, there is an option in DME RT feeder sizing that asks about a double neutral. If we are acknowledging we need a double neutral, it should be understood the neutral is a current carrying conductor and should adjust the wire size and conduit size per the NEC.

                            6 votes
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                            • add multiple pipe label options

                              Three options: One for system type and size, one for just size, and one for just system type.

                              6 votes
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                              • Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

                                When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

                                6 votes
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                                • Apply demand factors to loads by phase on panels

                                  NEC demand factors currently are calculated for the whole panel, not for each individual phase. It is possible to load one phase with a load type that has a demand factor (such as a kitchen load) and the other phases with load types that do not (such as continuous). The total load on the panel should account for these differences in demand factors by phase.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Shortcut Keys for DM Commands

                                    Add shortcut commands for commands. For example, "ML" for "Move Loop or Homerun" or "BC" for "Break Circuit".

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

                                      Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Label homeruns with feeder IDs

                                        Label homeruns using feeder IDs like those used in the one-line diagram instead of full text wire callouts.

                                        4 votes
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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.

                                          4 votes
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