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. Customizable tick marks

    DesignMaster currently supports the following tick marks during an "Insert tick mark" operation:

    - Hots
    - Neutral
    - Ground
    - Iso ground
    - Switch leg
    - Traveller
    - Space

    We'd like the option to include customizable tick marks in addition to the ones already implemented above. For example, we include tick marks for low voltage cabling used to dim luminaries on our drawings.

    I imagine the customization being performed through Design Master Electrical Options under the "Tick Mark Blocks" section. There'd be a "Customized tick mark 1 name" option and another option called "Customized tick mark 1 block". These customized…

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    • Equipment Panel Description

      In the Panel Description dropdown, add "Equipment Callout + Description" to the list, in addition to "Same as Equipment Callout" and "Custom".

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      • Luminaire energy code settings should default to "input VA" for Watts & "schedule descrip." for description

        This would save two extra input steps in most cases. You could still click into the box to edit the Watts and Description.

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        • lighting report

          Provide a check box in the Building Room dialog box to NOT include the room in the lighting report.

          I have a job where I need room names to generate the names for the receptacle circuits in the panel schedule, but don't want the rooms to show up in the Indoor Lighting Levels report.

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          • When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

            When a panel is designated as existing, the circuit descriptions (editable part in the circuiting form) start off with "EX"

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            • Duct and pipe demolition

              Convert existing ductwork and piping layer to demolition.

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              • Schedules

                Having the ability to adjust the width of a schedule in the drawing model, instead of the schedule toolbox.

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                • enable object snap for Move Note

                  Nitpicky feature, but it would be nice to be able to use the object snaps when moving notes so they can be more easily lined up.

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                  • Copy panel and loads to new project

                    Be able to copy panels and other distribution from one project to another. The loads on the panel will be created as fixed loads in the new project.

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                    • Electrical + HVAC for Revit in German with german norms

                      We have a large Building design Industrie. And all Arch and Eng companies are now changing from AutoCad to Revit but there is no good Software on the market for engineers to calculate electrical or HVAC Systems. An app for Revit for both will make it all better and faster. The potential could be in the millions.

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                      • Pipe breaks caused by only one set of pipes

                        Our plumbing drawings will typically be drawn with supply and drainage on the same drawing. It would be helpful if only the drainage piping caused breaks with drainage piping and the supply piping with only the supply piping. Additionally we place venting on a separate layer. I am thinking that you could place different pipe types into different categories and they would only affect pipe breaks on pipes in their category.

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                        • Be able to create a panel schedule for existing loads not in model

                          I do a lot of remodel work and it would be nice to be able to fill out a panel schedule with existing load data from a hard copy of an existing panel schedule without have to actually put the loads in the model and then circuiting them.

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                          • Having the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size.

                            Add the ability to specify a breaker trip setting and plug size for adjustable trip breakers.

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                            • Unique ID for each feeder in the project

                              Assign a unique ID to each feeder in a project that can be scheduled in Revit and displayed in the AutoCAD one-line diagram.

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                              • Existing Loads & Metered Demand

                                Include, in options, the ability to not include existing (layered) items in panel, feeder, and service calculations. I'd like to enter the load to keep track of it, but have the ability to exclude it from the load calculations since "existing" would be included in the metered demand load.

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                                • HVAC - Allow for the input of design Notes

                                  In the "Room Project Schedule" add a box which would allow for the addition of design notes. This would allow for the designer to document why certain values where chosen. When the loads are printed the notes would also be displayed for reference.

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                                  • Number Circuits Sequentially in Panels

                                    Allow panels to have the circuits in them numbered sequentially, rather than split odd and even.

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                                    • Query Low Voltage Device

                                      Query command does not show circuit connection for low voltage devices. We typically have low voltage devices connected to different panels, and querying the device to determine the panel to which it is circuited would be nice.

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                                      • Device Customization blocks subfolders

                                        Many of our projects require custom device blocks. We also have blocks for US standards, European standards, Middle Eastern standards, etc. The Customization folder is a mess. It would be nice if DM searched this selected folder and all of it's subfolders for it's blocks without having to add them each to AutoCAD's support paths.

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                                        • put alternating shading on successive rows in outputted html tables/reports

                                          For example, when I print an HVAC load calculation report, the many row entries can be difficult to follow visually across the screen. This obviously won't be useful in absolutely every case, but an option to have a little bgcolor="#EEEEEE" every other line would be awesome.

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