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Design Master September 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 HVAC Accelerates Design “By a Factor of Four” at CAC Mechanical Services, Inc.

CAC Mechanical Services, Inc. is one of New England’s leading commercial, industrial and institutional mechanical contractors. CAC has been a Design Master HVAC customer since 2006. According to Robert DeCesare, designer/project manager and co-owner, Design Master HVAC allows his company to get significantly more design-build work with less effort and without adding staff.

Read more about CAC Mechanical Services, Inc.

Support Articles from the August and September Archives


Backing Up and Transferring Customization Files: How to back up or move your customization files.
Master and Standards Customization Databases: How the master and standards databases work for storing your customization settings.
Crashes: What to do when Design Master crashes.
Alignment Points: How to use multiple alignment points on a single drawing.


Limit Where Ductwork Reduces in Size: How to modify your ductwork to have fewer transitions.
Inserting Ductwork Transitions: How to manually insert a transition in a duct.
Inserting Turning Vanes: How to insert turning vanes on square elbow and wye fittings.


Changing Circuit Descriptions: How to change the description of a circuit, depending upon what is connected to it.
Doubled (or Tripled!) Loads in Panels: How to fix your project when the loads on your panels suddenly are doubled.
AIC Rating: How to set panel and other distribution equipment AIC ratings.
Devices Come in Too Big or Too Small: How to fix your customization if your blocks are coming in at the wrong size.

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.


Transfer Grilles for Air Balance Report


Adjustable Trip Breakers
Recurring Low Voltage Panel
Per-Circuit Wire Callout Option

Electrical RT

Fill in "Schedule Circuit Note" Based Upon Family Type
Add "Panel Neutral"
Change Breaker Size in Panel Schedule Based on Revit Family Parameter
Swap Circuits


Add a "Match Pipes" command similar to the "Match Ducts" in HVAC
Remove Pipe Label from Specific Pipes