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. 224 votes
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    • Add the capability to make a note in panel schedules for special circuit breakers - HACR, SWD, etc.

      Would make sense to add a note field in the equipment connection creation form or in the circuiting form to tag individual breakers with specific requirements, possibly with a superscript which refers to a box of notes attached to the bottom of the schedule.

      163 votes
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      • Annotation Scaling / Multiple Scales on a Single Drawing

        Add support for annotative scale factors for blocks and text. This would allow blocks and text to be the same size in different scaled viewports.

        146 votes
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        • Electrical Symbol Legend

          Add a Schedule of all blocks used in the project. This could be used a Symbol Legend for the Project.

          65 votes
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          • VAV Box Schedule

            Create a schedule of VAV boxes, similar to the diffuser schedule.

            61 votes
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              1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Admin →

              We are considering this for DM HVAC 7.1. Additional information about what you would like the schedule to look like would be helpful, either in the comments or emailed to us.

              In particular, examples of schedules you currently use would help a lot. I prefer Excel or DWG format over PDF if possible!

            • Fire Alarms

              Add better support for fire alarm system design.

              Various improvements related to this suggestion include:

              Add 12V, 14V, 16V, 18V and 24V DC device support for Fire Alarm Systems

              Change loads from KVA to mA or even VA. Two load types should be
              available, standby power and alarm power for each FA device.

              Add ability for wiring such as 24, 22, 18, 16, and 14 awg.

              Add ability to perform standby and alarm battery ampere-hour
              calculations.

              Display length, current, voltage, and voltage drop for each circuit.

              Have fire alarm panels with appropriate attributes, such as alarm time, standby time, battery…

              59 votes
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              • Insert Load Calculation Output on Drawing

                Insert the load calculation schedules on the drawing.

                29 votes
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                • Export to eQuest or DOE2.2

                  Be able to export building load information to eQuest or DOE2.2 using gbXML for energy modeling purposes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, LEED, and Title 24.

                  29 votes
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                  • Premade fixture blocks

                    Premade blocks similar to what is used in both HVAC and Electrical could be inserted into the drawing with predefined fixture units. The fixture units would be stored into multiple headings with IPC and UPC fixture units. The connections would be there with predetermined heights as well.

                    26 votes
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                    • 25 votes
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                      • Background Mask for Text

                        Have a mask on all the text inserted with Design Master that will hide anything on the drawing behind it to make it easier to read.

                        22 votes
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                        • Multi text search

                          implement Multi-Text search through out the menus.

                          So for example when searching through the Insert Receptacle menu and in my case we have several thousand pieces of equipment. if the equipment is called 'RX99S' instead of just allowing us to hit 'R' and starting us off at the beginning of the list of 'R' equipment allow us to type out 'RX99S' and design master go straight to the piece of equipment. this is a very simple change to the code in design master and would save tons of time on projects.

                          20 votes
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                          • Indoor point-by-point calculations

                            Add indoor point-by-point lighting calculations.

                            18 votes
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                            • 15 votes
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                              • Metric

                                Support drawings with metric base units.

                                14 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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                                  • 14 votes
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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.

                                      13 votes
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                                      • Low-voltage looping

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

                                        12 votes
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                                        • Change Voltage of Project

                                          Be able to change voltage of a completed project for 208V to 240V and keep everything connected and circuited.

                                          11 votes
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