Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. Overloaded Panel Warning

    Add a warning to the panels that would alert the designer when the total load exceeds the ampere rating. (Possibly as an X across the schedule when it is updated).

    This would able to be turned on or off with a per-user setting.

    76 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Edit Multiple Equipment and Equipment Navigation

    Add a new "Edit Multiple Equipment" command. You can select multiple pieces of equipment either from a list in the database or from the drawing. You can then make changes to all the selected equipment at once.

    Add "Find", "Next", and "Previous" buttons to the equipment dialog box that work like in the panel or schedule dialog boxes.

    70 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Export Lighting to ComCheck

    Be able to export lighting information to ComCheck for energy code compliance purposes.

    65 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Overhaul One-Line Diagrams to populate themselves

    It would be very helpful if you there was a system in design master to automatically draft/populate a One-Line/Riser/other Diagram in model space based on what panels, switchboards, transformers, wireways etc. have been defined in the database itself.

    The most preferred way to do this is if Design Master would create the Diagram based on templates, or a customized template that we could edit ourselves which would instruct Design Master how to draft the diagram (where to place devices in relation to eachother, size of panels/busses, what information about those devices you want displayed, whether you want wire callouts visible…

    62 votes
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  5. Residential and Other Electrical Load Types

    Account for the rest of the load types in NEC 220 Part II, Part III, and Part IV that are currently ignored.

    Load types that will be included:

    Existing loads that can be specified for each panel (NEC 220.87).

    Cooling loads. The panel load calculation will use the larger of the heating and cooling loads.

    58 votes
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  6. Print Panel Schedules to Place Inside Panels

    Add a command to print panel schedules that can be placed inside panels. The panel schedule will have options to include some basic information in the header, and then list each circuit and the load description.

    The width of the panel schedule will be variable to accommodate the various size sleeves that panels come with.

    52 votes
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  7. Add twin breakers (2 circuits per space) to panel

    I often find twin or tandem breakers in existing panels. There is no way to circuit them now.

    47 votes
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  8. 45 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Multiple Homeruns on a Circuit

    Be able to draw multiple homeruns on a circuit, rather than the one that you are currently limited to.

    40 votes
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  10. Add Dual Voltage and Universal Ballast Light Fixtures

    Allow light fixtures to have multiple voltages, such as 120V and 277V, or have a universal ballast that can be used with any voltage.

    38 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This feature is finished for DM Electrical 8.1. See the comments for a description of how the feature will work.

    Thanks for voting for this feature—I would not have guessed it would be so popular. All your votes should be returned to you now. Let us know what else you would like to see added to the software.

  11. Hatched or Shaded Ductwork

    Add an option to automatically draw a hatch over the ductwork in 2D. Have the hatch be controlled by the type of duct (return vs supply) and layer system (new vs existing).

    38 votes
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  12. We need an easy way to deal with multiple identical panels

    We need an easy way to deal with multiple identical electrical panels

    35 votes
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  13. Provide automatic sizing of breakers for motors & transformers

    The breaker for motors & transformers need to be manually selected. A default suggestion for the motor hp and transformer kva would save time.

    34 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Equipment breakers are sized automatically in DM Electrical 8.0 using MCA and MOCP. You can also assign specific breaker and wire sizes for equipment in the equipment dialog, not the circuiting dialog.

    Transformer breaker sizes are currently set automatically when you change the kVA or voltage. In DM Electrical 8.1, we are adding a “Size to match kVA” option to the transformer OCP selection to make it more obvious this is happening.

    I think this covers the features in this request. If not, let me know.

  14. Inform Of Connected Load On A Switch

    When connecting loads on a switch, a tally of the load in amps should be available as a guide so as not to overload a switch. For example a dimming switch rated at 800W should not exceed 6.7A at 120V, otherwise the switch is overloaded and may fail.

    25 votes
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  15. Copy Room

    Be able to copy a room already inserted on the drawing.

    24 votes
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  16. 23 votes
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  17. Allow Circuit Descriptions in Panels to Wrap

    Make it so that if a circuit description in a panel is too long, it adds another line rather than extending off the panel.

    23 votes
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  18. Photometrics becoming bigger and better

    Its a great and amazing feature to be able to do photo metrics right in AutoCAD. Along the same lines of how great DM works in AutoCAD. But if there was a way to make it work more precise and user friendly. Be able to implement some of the same features of Visual and AGI would be amazing. Making it your one shop stop do doing photo calcs etc. One thing that would be great to is if it could utilize the IES files and auto populate some of the light fixture specs.

    21 votes
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  19. HVAC Material Takeoff

    Extract duct sizes and quantities from the HVAC database.

    We're not exactly sure how this should work, so if you vote for this, leave a comment letting us know what information you would like displayed.

    21 votes
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  20. Upsize Ground Wire Automatically

    When upsizing conductors for voltage drop, automatically upsize the ground wire too based upon the increase in wire area.

    21 votes
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