Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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 2.0, DM Electrical 8.7, 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. Features marked as "Planned" will be available in these releases.


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  1. 113 votes

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  2. 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.

    85 votes

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  3. Upsize Wires Based upon Voltage Drop

    Automatically upsize branch circuit wires when necessary because of voltage drop.

    71 votes

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  4. Subfeed breakers

    Add specific support for subfeed breakers.

    Be able to set the number of subfeed breakers on a panel (similar to how the number of poles is currently set on a panel).

    Have the panel schedule update to document which breakers are subfeed. We likely would add a separator block between the branch circuit and subfeed breakers that you could customize. The default block would have a line across the schedule plus some text indicating branch circuit breakers above and subfeed below. You could then modify that as desired for your documentation purposes.

    52 votes

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  5. 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…

    43 votes

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  6. Electrical Symbol Legend

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

    41 votes

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  7. Swap & Copy Circuits

    When copying circuits in the swap and copy dialog, multipole breakers do not copy to the new location as multipole breakers, they copy as single pole. It appears that you have to set the number of poles and their positions in the circuiting dialog before starting the copy/swap routine.

    30 votes

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  8. Add multiple circuits to a single piece of equipment (ie. HVAC) one for each load.

    Some HVAC and other pieces of equipment require multiple circuits for multiple loads inside each unit. Currently I have to create 2 pieces of equipment with the individual loads, overlay them, then circuit them.

    28 votes

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  9. Export Equipment List to Excel

    Export a list of equipment connections and information to a file that can be opened and viewed in Excel. The file would be for post-processing only. Any changes to the equipment would still be made using the other DM commands.

    25 votes

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  10. Draw Circuit Loops Using Polylines instead of Arcs

    When you loop from one device to another, be able to select that loop and break it in to two loops that can each individually be moved or broke. This way we can have "S" loops.

    DM Note: When we implement this, it will probably be by allowing you to insert a loop using a pline. This will allow you to insert the loop however you want without any restrictions.

    21 votes

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  11. Make the note fields for panels and switchboard larger and editable

    We need the note fields for Panels and Switchboards to be larger and editable like the Description, Model, and Note fields in the Light Fixture Project Schedule.

    18 votes

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  12. Light Fixture Settings - Different Blocks

    The ability to define an egress fixture as the same fixture/block as the normal fixtures, with an option to turn a hatch on/off to differentiate. Similar to in Revit, where you can set an instance parameter and check it to turn fixtures into the egress blocks. The fixture type stays the same, only the visible block changes.

    15 votes

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  13. Add a "match circuit" command.

    Make the "Select Circuit from Drawing <" button a command that can be typed into the command line. After this command has been run, do not show the Circuiting window, instead go immediately to "Circuit Devices <". The user can then continue to circuit additional devices to the circuit they selected. A double right click would bring up the Circuiting window or the user could escape out of the command without showing the window.

    15 votes

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  14. Improve combined homeruns

    Be able to combine homeruns with different wire sizes.

    Be able to combine homeruns from separate panels.

    Be able to display a full wire callout for combined circuit homeruns, including calculating the conduit size required for all the wires.

    14 votes

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  15. Export schedules to excel

    My estimators are always asking me if they can get my fixture or panel schedules in an excel format.

    13 votes

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  16. Multiple Switch Legs on a Single Switch

    Allow a single switch to have multiple switch legs associated with it. Currently we require a separate switch for each switch leg.

    13 votes

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  17. SKM Power Tools

    Provide the ability to import and export panel schedules and switchboard schedules between Design Master and SKM PowerTools for Windows.

    11 votes

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  18. Create Separate One-Lines for Each LVD Group

    I have Security, F/A, Lighting Control Panels, Audio, and Data groups and would like to be able to create separate low voltage one-line risers for them.

    11 votes

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  19. Select automatic conduit based on Type

    When selecting conduit I want to be able to select the feeder as schedule 80 so that the only size option would be based on schedule 80. Then on another feeder I could select EMT for my circuits and the only option for auto sizing would be based on EMT. Finally, I would then have the option of adding the type to my one-lines and a conduit schedule.

    11 votes

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  20. New and Existing Circuits / Breakers in Panel Schedule

    Be able to show new and existing circuits on different layers in a panel schedule. The existing circuits would be on a lighter layer and the new circuits would be on a darker layer. The rest of the schedule could be on either the new or existing layer.

    9 votes

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