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. 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 →
    • 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 →
      • Label and Leader for Mechanical Equipment

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

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          low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 →
              • 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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                  high effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Convert panel schedules to tables

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

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                          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • '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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                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            3 votes
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                              high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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

                              3 votes
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                                medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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.

                                3 votes
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                                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

                                  3 votes
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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    3 votes
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                                      low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                        3 votes
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                                          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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                                            medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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