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Design Master October 2015 Newsletter

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Take the Sixth Annual BIM MEP Survey

For five years now, we have conducted a survey of engineers and designers in the MEP industry to learn about their experiences using building information modeling (BIM). We are running the same survey again this year to see how the adoption of this technology has changed. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill out our survey. The results, including a comparison with the surveys from the last five years, will be discussed in a newsletter later this year.

(Editor's Note: The survey has ended.)

You can read the results of last year’s survey here.

Design Master Electrical “Brings It All Together” at HNA Engineering

HNA Engineering, PLLC is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm offering in mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical engineering services. A key addition to HNA’s staff was Thomas Hunt, EI, who was a Design Master Electrical “power user” at his previous employer and implemented the software at HNA.

Read more about HNA Engineering.

Support Articles from the October Archives


The "Coordinate Drawings and Database" Comand: What the "Coordinate Drawings and Database" command does and when to use it.


Room Loads vs System Loads: The difference between room and system loads in HVAC building load calculations.
Loop in Ductwork Error: What to do what your ductwork contains a loop.
Inserting a Pair-of-Pants Fitting: How to insert a pair-of-pants fitting at a duct tee.
Setting the Outside Air Daily Range: How to set the outside air daily range used for HVAC building load calculations.

New Wishlist Requests

Below is a list of recent ideas on our wishlist. 

Customers regularly share ideas about what they would like us to add to the software. What we don't know is how many other people are interested in the idea. If you see something that looks interesting to you, vote for it. We prioritize features based upon the number of votes and the difficulty to implement. Knowing whether other people are interested in an idea or not helps us know if we should spend development time on it or on something else.


Low Voltage Switching for Light Fixtures
Custom Tick Marks
Homeruns From Non-circuited Devices
Loop Devices with Polylines
Change Font in Panel Schedules

Electrical RT

Equipment Connections on Revit One-Line Diagram