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. 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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    • More MCC Stater Sizes

      Is it possible to modify the list of standard starter sizes to include VFD, Soft Switch, etc? Or even to choose 'None' and just type it in the Description field?

      I've used the ddedit command on the MCC schedule inserted into the drawing to manually modify it, but if anybody does a coordination this will be lost.

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      • Backfeed Breakers

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

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        • Print Full Panel Schedules to 8.5x11 Sheets

          Print full panel schedules, exactly as shown on the drawing, to a printer using 8.5x11 paper.

          One specific use for these panel schedules would be to be submitted to Labor and Industries in Washington state for review.

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          • Add "Clear Circuit" Button Back to "Circuiting" Dialog Box

            Add the "Clear Circuit" command back to the "Circuiting" dialog box. This button will set all the breaker and branch circuit sizing options back to "Size Automatically", set all the fixed loads to "0", and set the circuit descriptions to be blank.

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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.

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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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                • Load on circuit by type

                  Display load assigned to each load type on a circuit.

                  Note that this would be implemented as total load on the circuit for each type. It would not be broken down by phase.

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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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                    • 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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                      • 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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                          • 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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                              • Improve Indoor Lighting Level Report

                                Add "Allowed Watts / SF" as a field to rooms.

                                Add "Allowed Watts / SF" and "Total Allowed Watts" as columns to the indoor lighting schedule.

                                Add a "Totals" row at the bottom that totals the area, allowed watts, and computed watts.

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                                • Default Groups

                                  Have the ability to define a default device group name. In multi-phase projects it would be helpful to be able to set a group name as the default instead of having DM go to the "General" group.

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                                  • Track which panel schedules are inserted on drawings

                                    Keep track of which panel schedules are inserted on all the drawings in a project. Be able to check and confirm there is a schedule inserted for each drawing on a project.

                                    The goal for this feature is quality control on large projects as panels are added and deleted.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Add DC

                                      For modeling complete solar systems.

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                                      • Tick marks for more than 1-pole, wire callouts for > #12

                                        Add another option to "Homerun wire callouts and tick marks" labeled "Tick marks for more than 1-pole , wire callouts for > #12".

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                                        • add sub-script option for junction boxes

                                          Add subscript for junctions boxes like you did for low voltage devices.

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