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. Mirror Plumbing Plans

    Be able to easily mirror plumbing plans. Risers that extend to multiple floors cause problems for the mirror command.

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    • Provide Weight or Area of Ducts in Takeoffs

      Weight of ducts in HVAC Takeoffs provide a very simple way to estimate cost of projects.

      Or, add an option to calculate square feet of sheet metal ductwork.

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      • Equipment Schedules

        Allow for equipment schedules to be created by use, such as chiller, air handlers, pumps, etc. The schedule would be populated with equipment that is drawn by DM equipment command

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        • Low-Voltage lighting systems - Transformers and light fixtures for 12 Volt and 24 Volt systems.

          Make possible not only the easy DM insertion of these devices onto the lighting plan but also the ability to account for these in the panel schedule and load calculations.

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          • Photometric calculation schedule

            I would like to suggest that the photometric calculation schedule be a combined schedule for all rooms instead of a dedicated schedule for each single room/space (or both options be available). We are typically asked to provide a single schedule that lists the room/space name in the first column and then the various footcandle columns.

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            • 4 votes
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              • Locate and edit schedules within groups to create T.I. voltage drop and other schedules that don't include the entire project.

                When there is T.I. work within a large project you want to show only the the voltage drop for the TI space. You have to deselect all the equipment not in the space one at a time to show a voltage drop schedule for just the TI work. What if you could group the panels in a similar way to luminaires so that the TI voltage drop or fault schedule has only the TI panels, without disabling the ability to show a schedule for the main project or another TI within that project.

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                • Dialog Boxes to View and Edit Load Calculation Settings for Entire Building at Once

                  Currently to view the ventilation and load schedules the report is run and appears in an html file. If for instance the outside air % is too high I then have to exit the report go back into the rooms with the high percentage and manually overventilate.

                  It would be great if there was a screen that combined all of the room information, areas, CFMs, etc. (similar to the load report) but this screen allowed you to manually modify the CFMs, system static pressure, outside air percentage, etc. and by doing this all of the room information is updated at…

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                  • Automatically Add a "Jog" When a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall Would Create an Overlap

                    Currently, when a Direct 90-degree Vertical at Wall returns back from the wall on top of the pipe going towards the wall, the pipe on top hides the underneath pipe. A common way of representing this in 2-D models is by adding a "jog" in the pipe. However, in the isometric model the jog doesn't need to appear because overlapping isn't a problem. Automatically showing this "jog" on the 2-D model would make representing these cases much easier.

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                    • Multiple Fault Schedules

                      I would like the ability to break out individual fault current schedule entries into separate groups based on the service connection or other arbitrary criteria. For example, in a project with three electrical services, the distribution equipment fault current associated with one service could be scheduled separately from the other two services. Design Master currently schedules all fault current schedule entries together. On projects with multiple services and dozens of distribution equipment entries, a method of showing specific fault current calculations in separate schedules would be invaluable.

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                      • Use correct fittings

                        The pressure drop calcs indicate the wrong fitting types in some cases. For example, a fitting that begins with "SD" stands for "Supply/Diameter" and "SR" stands for "Supply/Rectangular", etc. If you have a duct system that is all rectangular, there should not be any SD fittings indicated. Likewise for round systems, there should not be any SR fittings indicated.

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                        • Backfeed Breakers

                          Be able to use a branch breaker on the panel as the main breaker.

                          3 votes
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                          • Paralleling Switchgear Support

                            Would be very helpful to be able to be able to have multiple sources connect to the same bus. We have had numerous situations where we have had Geneva type switches, multiple kirk-key input as well as paralleling switchgear situations where we were unable to find a "work-around" using this software. This is becoming especially common with ConEdison now permitting the paralleling of electrical sources.

                            3 votes
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                            • Remember Zone Tree Settings

                              Remember which zones are opened and closed in the zone tree dialog box when you open and close it.

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                              • Equipment Database

                                Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

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                                • Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

                                  Be able to enable or disable the wire callout on a homerun on a circuit-by-circuit basis.

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                                  • Variable Pressure Drop for Diffusers

                                    Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop for every scenario over inflates the pressure calcs. This is very important for low-pressure systems with low static terminal units such as ducted VRF and Fan Coil Units that max out at .25". Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop of say, .1" for air devices make it difficult to design low static systems accurately.

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                                    • Excel Add In

                                      Can we change the way that the low voltage devices, switches, and equipment are handled so that they can be exported in the same manner as the light fixtures and receptacles?

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                                      • Set room boundaries to also be light-obstructing rectangles for photometric analysis

                                        It duplicates work to trace the boundaries of all rooms for energy analysis and circuit naming, then have to trace all the rooms again for photometric analysis. This would likely require the addition of a 'door' object to define places where light-obstructing boundaries would be ignored

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                                        • Erase Note - multiple

                                          Select multiple devices and delete all custom notes (not fixture callouts) attached to them.
                                          The "Match Device Label Locations" command can add many callouts at once, but there does not seem to be a way to easily delete multiple callouts.
                                          This would be especially useful when adding lights to a circuit that already contains lights. Running “Draw Homerun And Loops" would erase a lot of my work, so I usually delete all the circuit callouts manually before drawing loops manually.
                                          If this feature already exists, please make it easier to find.

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