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. Add spell check option for schedules.

    ACAD spell check does not update Design Master Schedules. ACAD spell check needs to be run every time a schedule is updated.

    11 votes
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    • Object Enabler for Navisworks

      Create an object enabler for Navisworks to allow the 3D ductwork, pipes, conduit, and cable tray to be viewed directly from the DWG without requiring it to be exported to an IFC file.

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      • 10 votes
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        • 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?

          10 votes
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            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.

          • Create Room Outlines Automatically

            Detect room boundaries from the architect's XREF automatically and create rooms based upon it.

            10 votes
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            • Selective Coordination

              Comply with NEC Article 700 requirements for selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices in the supply side of emergency system.

              9 votes
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              • Make circuit dialog box non-modal

                Allow users to leave circuit dialog box up on screen while still manipulating floor plans.

                9 votes
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                • 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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                  • Low Voltage Homerun With Keynote

                    On low voltage systems drawings (Fire Alarm, Security, CCTV) we treat homeruns differently than power and lighting homeruns. We do not use the circuit label, wire callout, or tick marks, but rather we use a keynote. If there was a “keynote homerun”, it would save us the time spent removing the wire call-out every time we create low voltage homerun.

                    9 votes
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                    • Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

                      Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

                      I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

                      I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

                      7 votes
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                      • Different layer systems for different loops and tick marks on a circuit

                        We can assign layers based on one-line (panel) or circuit or devices however not all parts of circuit are on the same layer. I may run some in the slab and some in the walls. Having the ability toi use the manual loop tool to change the layer system would be helpful. Also having the ability to assign a device to multiple layers would be helpful as well.

                        Or have some of the loops new and some existing.

                        7 votes
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                        • SI units

                          SIngle button to change from IP to SI in a drawing.

                          7 votes
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                          • Add Standard UPC and IPC Water Closet and Urinal Sizing Charts

                            In the UPC and IPC the conversion from water closet counts and urinal counts to a number of fixture units is a standard table. Adding this to Design Master would be a small change yet very helpful.

                            6 votes
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                            • Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

                              Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

                              The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

                              It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

                              1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

                              Breaker Frame (AF)
                              Breaker trip (AT)
                              Breaker plug size (AP)*

                              Long-time pickup (LTPU)
                              Long-time delay (LTD)
                              Short-time pickup (STPU) …

                              6 votes
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                              • A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

                                A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

                                6 votes
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                                • Be able to add disconnects to equipment so they work similar to Design Master Electrical in AutoCAD

                                  We need a way to link two family instances together so that when you update one of the instances it updates the other.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • New / Existing Pipe Connection Graphics

                                    When connecting a new waste pipe to an existing pipe, draw the chamfer between the two using the new layer system (not the existing layer system as it currently does).

                                    5 votes
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                                    • The ability to easily copy all pipes including risers to other drawings.

                                      Would be great to be able to copy all piping, including risers to other drawings. Even if you had the option to change risers to pipe I think it would be helpful and save time from having to chase down and draw all the risers a second time.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Show conduit runs with schedules

                                        Be able to show conduits feeder runs on their own layer with up and down riser symbols. Then be able to create a conduit schedule.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Device Circuiting - More options than just a loop.

                                          We do a lot of low voltage design, and when we circuit on the drawings, the only option for circuiting is a loop. With multiple low voltage systems on one drawing (door locks, intercoms, CCTV, access control, RFID, duress alarms, paging, etc.), looped circuiting looks messy and can be confusing. It would be nice to have other types of circuiting available that is more linear.

                                          4 votes
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