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. Remember Location of Dialog Boxes

    When a dialog box is moved, remember the location so that the next time it is opened, it is displayed in the same location.

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    • Importing Revit Model Information

      It would be a great tool if we can have the ability to import model information from Revit drawings which are done by architects. A simple feature would be importing the rooms. This would speed up the process and make designs happen faster.

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      • Canadian Electrical Code Capability

        As the word of this software is increasing in Canada, it would be a good idea to have the capabilities of incorporating the Canadian Electrical Code into Design Master.

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        • Copy and Increment Across Drawings

          Improve the "Copy and Increment" command to work across drawings. Make it easier to move everything from one panel to a different panel on the copied devices.

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          • ComCheck Export For Revit

            I would like to export from Revit to import into ComCheck similar to the AutoCAD version of Design Master Electrical

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            • Insert Devices via command line

              Be able to insert a receptacle/device without picking it from the 'Insert Receptacle' form. A command followed by the device name would prompt the user to place the receptacle like they just clicked "OK" after selecting a device.

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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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                • Convert panel schedules to tables

                  Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

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                  • Device Count

                    I have noticed that when equipment connections use receptacles or toggle switches, these devices are not included in the device count on the respective device schedules. Can DM be modified to included these devices in the count? This issue has created some confusion on some projects.

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                    • Add DC

                      For modeling complete solar systems.

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                      • Provide a button (or perhaps under the Cir Opts button) for quicker selection of "Display tick marks on loops"

                        I've given up on loop tickmarks for lighting loops (because of all the energy code relay and occupancy sensor requirements); but I still do tickmarks on power loops. It would be great to be able to more quickly toggle between displaying tickmarks on loops.

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                        • Add Static Regain that balances duct system correctly

                          Current Static Regain calculation does not seem to calc and size ducts to balance system. The static regain should balance the system where the ducts split.

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                          • Edit Fixture Units in "Edit Multiple Pipes" Command

                            The Edit Multiple Pipes command needs to have the ability to change fixture units. Sometimes I forget to add fixture units to hot and cold water pipes I'm copying to other sink or shower locations and then I have to change each one individually or erase them and copy them again after I've added fixtures units to the first one to be copied. The current project I'm working on is a large university sports complex with a lot of locker rooms so you can imagine the number of showers, sinks and toilets, etc.

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                            • Current Limiting Panel

                              For limiting the current to track lights to meet Energy Code budgets, we use Current Limiting Panels like Silver Bullet. We have to manually size the circuit breakers based on the load on the lighting circuit. The breakers which might be 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 amps, etc. will only handle up to about 80% of their rating due to inrush current to ballasts and LED drivers. So, there is a lot of trial and error and manual calculating to size the breakers. Then the Current Limiting Panel schedule or diagram is updated manually in Acad, which introduces errors and…

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                              • Device information on hover

                                When you hover (or float) your mouse over a DM device, display information about that device in a tooltip.

                                For DM Electrical, possible information would include callout and circuit number

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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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • enable object snap for Move Note

                                        Nitpicky feature, but it would be nice to be able to use the object snaps when moving notes so they can be more easily lined up.

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                                        • Copy panel and loads to new project

                                          Be able to copy panels and other distribution from one project to another. The loads on the panel will be created as fixed loads in the new project.

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