Design Master Wish List

The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.3, DM Electrical 8.5, 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 1.4, DM Electrical 8.6, 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. 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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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Remember Zone Tree Settings

    Remember which zones are opened and closed in the zone tree dialog box when you open and close it.

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  3. Equipment Database

    Allow us to create an Equipment Database similar to the diffuser database which would include dimensions, and notes such as: electrical requirements, efficiency, performance data at design conditions, etc. The equipment should also be included in the takeoff report.

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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Import/Export Electrical Equipment Schedule Excel

    It would be a huge time saver to be able to Export a project electrical equipment schedule into excel for quick data entry and then import back into DM/Autocad. Entering a large list of kitchen equipment can be tedious. Being able to do this in excel would be quicker. The import/export functionality could be similar to how DM handles the layers for the standards database. Alternatively, listing the equipment as a table with aligned rows/columns would be equally efficient.

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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Label and Leader for Mechanical Equipment

    Add a label and leader for the callout to mechanical equipment.

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  7. MULTIPLE ARROWS

    It would be nice to be able to have multiple arrows for 1 piece of text pointing to different devices

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  8. 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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  9. Variable Pressure Drop for Diffusers

    Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop for every scenario over inflates the pressure calcs. This is very important for low-pressure systems with low static terminal units such as ducted VRF and Fan Coil Units that max out at .25". Using the maximum scheduled pressure drop of say, .1" for air devices make it difficult to design low static systems accurately.

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    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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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  11. Vertical Alignment of Schedules

    Add an option to control the vertical alignment of text in schedule cells.

    Currently everything is justified to the top of the cell. Make it so that text can be centered or at the bottom instead.

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  12. 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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  13. Change default "max depth" setting for ductwork

    Add an option for the default "max depth" value that is used when you insert a new duct. Currently it always starts at 24 and you have to remember to change it if you want something different.

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  14. Convert panel schedules to tables

    Convert panel schedules to use the AutoCAD table feature so they are more customizable.

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  15. 'Capped Ductwork for Future Use' command

    This is similar to the 'end cap' command, but would draw a 'capped for future use' symbol on the end of a duct branch.

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  16. 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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  17. HVAC Load Calc Graphics for Windows/Glass

    Provide a graphic for windows/glass located on walls so you can see easily and quickly figure out which windows have been entered into the load calculation.

    Additional idea: Make it a dynamic block so that when you change the width (using a grip) you can stretch the window to change the actual width. The width x height would display above this graphic.

    3 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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