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. Duct Continuation

    There may already be an option (please inform me as I am not aware) for a 'duct continuation symbol/fitting'. Currently I have to go back and Pline a goofy looking thing to indicate continuations in the ductwork. Any thoughts?

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    • Remove pipe label from specific pipes

      Be able to remove text from specific pipes so that not every little branch and section has a label.

      6 votes
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      • More customization for equipment callouts

        Add more complicated options for callouts on equipment.

        Add MCA and MOCP as notes on the callout on the drawing.

        See images on this forum post for examples:
        http://forums.designmaster.biz/index.php?showtopic=1817

        If you vote for this, it would be helpful if you could leave a comment letting us know what values you want displayed in the equipment callout.

        6 votes
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        • Add Standard UPC and IPC Water Closet and Urinal Sizing Charts

          In the UPC and IPC the conversion from water closet counts and urinal counts to a number of fixture units is a standard table. Adding this to Design Master would be a small change yet very helpful.

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          • System capacity for mechanical equipment

            It would be great if when entering the equipment you could enter system capacity; then when running the load calc, similarly to what DM offers for CFM, you could have Current BTUs and Required BTUs. This could be per zone.

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            • Add a select similar command for devices similar to AutoCAD and AutoCAD MEPs select similar command

              I would like to right click on a device already on the plan, and hit select similar rather than having to open up a separate dialogue to pick a device/LVD/Light Fixture device, and then place it. In other words, I'd like to bypass the select device dialogue altogether whenever possible.

              6 votes
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              • Adjust Feeders and branch circuit sizing based on derating

                Adjust the wire size of feeders and branch circuits based on derating. This calculation needs to account for Ambient Temperature Correction Factors, Adjustment Factors and conduits on a roof (even though NEC 2017 eliminated this one). For example, there is an option in DME RT feeder sizing that asks about a double neutral. If we are acknowledging we need a double neutral, it should be understood the neutral is a current carrying conductor and should adjust the wire size and conduit size per the NEC.

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                • add multiple pipe label options

                  Three options: One for system type and size, one for just size, and one for just system type.

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                  • Incorporate adjustable trip breakers

                    Add the ability to specify breakers with electronic trip units (ETUs), aka adjustable trip breakers, in Design Master projects.

                    The intent of adding this capability would be to allow the user to flag where an ETU is used and display the required/desired settings.

                    It would NOT be the intent to make DM have the functionality to do the coordination studies necessary to develop the settings.

                    1) Electronic trip breakers, when used, are usually MCBs or feeder breakers with the following characteristics:

                    Breaker Frame (AF)
                    Breaker trip (AT)
                    Breaker plug size (AP)*

                    Long-time pickup (LTPU)
                    Long-time delay (LTD)
                    Short-time pickup (STPU) …

                    6 votes
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                    • Connect loops to fixtures on same switch first

                      When inserting automatic loops, connect devices on a switch together first rather than mixing up the loops when multiple switches are on a circuit.

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                      • please add a new column to the lighting fixture schedule for "KELVIN"

                        ADD NEW COLUMN IN LIGHT FIXTURE SCHEDULE FOR "KELVIN"

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                        • A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

                          A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

                          6 votes
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                          • Apply demand factors to loads by phase on panels

                            NEC demand factors currently are calculated for the whole panel, not for each individual phase. It is possible to load one phase with a load type that has a demand factor (such as a kitchen load) and the other phases with load types that do not (such as continuous). The total load on the panel should account for these differences in demand factors by phase.

                            6 votes
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                            • password protect the master database to prevent accidental changes

                              It is too easy for anyone to select "Copy to Master" and make a mess of the master database.

                              6 votes
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                              • Shortcut Keys for DM Commands

                                Add shortcut commands for commands. For example, "ML" for "Move Loop or Homerun" or "BC" for "Break Circuit".

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                                • Provide Minumum air flow calculations

                                  If the minimum air flow is set in the calculation bases on a parameter such as air change rate, cfm/sq ft or a set cfm it would be nice to have that as a column in the calculation output.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Homerun Note

                                    Be able to add a note to a homerun callout.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Edit Multiple Types of Devices

                                      Create an "Edit Multiple" command to works on all types of devices. Include only attributes that are common to all types of devices: layer system, elevation.

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                                      • New / Existing Pipe Connection Graphics

                                        When connecting a new waste pipe to an existing pipe, draw the chamfer between the two using the new layer system (not the existing layer system as it currently does).

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                                        • The ability to easily copy all pipes including risers to other drawings.

                                          Would be great to be able to copy all piping, including risers to other drawings. Even if you had the option to change risers to pipe I think it would be helpful and save time from having to chase down and draw all the risers a second time.

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