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. 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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      high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a hatch pattern to room definitions

              When defining rooms, it is often difficult to determine which rooms have been defined and which have not, if an area gets surrounded. Adding a hatch pattern on its own layer would make it much easier to determine if you've included all room definition areas.

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                low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Diffuser Airflow Patterns

                  HVAC diffusers have air flow patterns much like light fixtures have photometric patterns.

                  Air Diffuser manufacturers supply the pattern shapes and provide the distances in feet for airflow velocities at 150FPM, 100FPM and 50FPM for heating and cooling.

                  Is there a way you can give the DM user the ability to insert their own airflow pattern (through a formatted file input) with contour lines similar to DM photo metrics?

                  This would be DM's start into Computational Fluid Dynamics.

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                    high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • A copy function for identical floor plans in multi-level buildings would be a time saving idea to speed up drawing.

                    So that when I am working on a multilevel building all I would have to do is copy the floor plan from one identical level and placing it on the other matching levels then just rename the panels and circuit names, without duplicating the copied information on the original panels. Breaking its connection with the parent panel and giving a notification to reassign panel names.

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                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Remember Location of Dialog Boxes

                      When a dialog box is moved, remember the location so that the next time it is opened, it is displayed in the same location.

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                        high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Mirror Plumbing Plans

                        Be able to easily mirror plumbing plans. Risers that extend to multiple floors cause problems for the mirror command.

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                          medium effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Plumbing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Importing Revit Model Information

                          It would be a great tool if we can have the ability to import model information from Revit drawings which are done by architects. A simple feature would be importing the rooms. This would speed up the process and make designs happen faster.

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                            high effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Canadian Electrical Code Capability

                            As the word of this software is increasing in Canada, it would be a good idea to have the capabilities of incorporating the Canadian Electrical Code into Design Master.

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                              high effort to implement  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide Weight or Area of Ducts in Takeoffs

                              Weight of ducts in HVAC Takeoffs provide a very simple way to estimate cost of projects.

                              Or, add an option to calculate square feet of sheet metal ductwork.

                              4 votes
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                                medium effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar

                                Remove "DM HVAC", "DM Elec", and "DM Plumb" from AutoCAD window titlebar.

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                                  low effort to implement  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Equipment Schedules

                                  Allow for equipment schedules to be created by use, such as chiller, air handlers, pumps, etc. The schedule would be populated with equipment that is drawn by DM equipment command

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                                    medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  HVAC  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      medium effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        high effort to implement  ·  3 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a default voltage for the panels in a project.

                                        Add a check box to set the voltage for a building. If a building is 120/240, then checking a box will set the default for panels, equipment, etc to 120/240v instead of 120/2083p4w.

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                                          low effort to implement  ·  2 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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                                            low effort to implement  ·  0 comments  ·  Electrical  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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