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. Simpler way to Change fonts in all your panel/switch box schedules

    Right now, one has to edit all the blocks of a panel schedule in order to simply change the font. There should be a way to set the preferred font for all these schedules. If there is a way, I don't know about it. When I first set up DM 10 years or so ago, I do not remember having to change every block, but it's been so long ago...

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    • Show conduit runs with schedules

      Be able to show conduits feeder runs on their own layer with up and down riser symbols. Then be able to create a conduit schedule.

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      • Equipment Circuit Length in Schedule

        Add new column to the equipment schedule that would display the length of the branch circuit.

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        • Device Circuiting - More options than just a loop.

          We do a lot of low voltage design, and when we circuit on the drawings, the only option for circuiting is a loop. With multiple low voltage systems on one drawing (door locks, intercoms, CCTV, access control, RFID, duress alarms, paging, etc.), looped circuiting looks messy and can be confusing. It would be nice to have other types of circuiting available that is more linear.

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          • Circuit and Move Note in one step

            Often when circuiting I find the location DM puts the label is very poor. It would be nice if after inserting the circuit I could move the circuit text without having to stop the circuiting action, move the text, then start the circuiting action again.

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            • Loop devices with polylines

              DesignMaster currently loops devices using arcs. We'd like an option to change looping from using arcs to use polylines (we differentiate between MC cable and conduits with arcs and polylines, respectively). Ideally these polylines would offset themselves similar to how feeder polylines are offset during one-line generation.

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              • Label homeruns with feeder IDs

                Label homeruns using feeder IDs like those used in the one-line diagram instead of full text wire callouts.

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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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                  • 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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                    • Separate column in the feeder schedule for the service grounding electrode conductor.

                      The service ground does not get installed in the conduit with the service entrance conductors, so why is it shown just like all the other feeders where the equipment grounding conductor is installed with the feeder conductors. If you want the feature to show the GEC size, show it in a different column and show the feeder with no ground listed with the feeder conductors so its clear it is not in the conduit.

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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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                        • 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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                          • DESIGN MASTER ELECTRICAL when wiring using the looping option

                            When wiring I have more often than not had to manually loop my devices for a better looking presentation but the only problem is that the wires loose their intelligence and become as regular polylines. I would like to see an intelligent manual line which auto breaks and shows the tick marks just like the auto looping feature does please.

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                              • Circuiting layer dependent on device layer system

                                DM's default circuit layer system can be determined by three different options: (1) same as distribution equipment, (2) new, and (3) existing. We'd like a fourth option that makes the circuit layer system match the circuit layer system of the device that's being circuited.

                                For example, we're currently designing a job where we are installing new receptacles that are being fed from an existing panel. Our receptacle circuit callouts are coming up under the existing layer system (based off of the panel) instead of the new layer system (based off of the new receptacles). To address this, we changed the…

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                                • Calculate Fault at Equipment Connections

                                  Be able to mark equipment connections to be included in the fault calculation.

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                                  • Electrical elevation label

                                    Create a label that will display the elevation of a device and update automatically when the elevation changes.

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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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                                      • 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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