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Design Master May 2017 Newsletter

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Vote for Design Master Electrical RT for Product of the Year

Design Master Electrical RT is a finalist for Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year. If you subscribe to CSE, please vote for our product because it will help our chance of winning.

(Editor's Note: Voting has ended.)


Revit Electrical--Let's Get Multi-Section Panels Implemented!

We are trying to solve as many problems with electrical design in Revit as we can with our add-in, but there are some improvements that are going to require work on Autodesk's part.

For our customers who are using Revit, I would like to see if it is possible for all of us together to have an influence on what gets added in a future release. We are not a huge number, but the top request in the Electrical category only has 40-some votes. If we are coordinated, there's a chance we can get something done.

To start, let's vote on a small and simple request: be able to set the starting circuit number on a panel schedule. It is a fairly simple feature for them to add. Iit would be immediately helpful to everyone when doing multi-section panels. We tried implementing it, but were unable to do so because of limitations in what Revit allows us to do. If this feature is ever going to get added, Autodesk needs to do it.

(Editor's Note: Autodesk announced it would look into implementing this feature on August 31, 2018. You can still vote for and comment on the request.)

Design Master Electrical RT Saves Design Time, Improves Estimating Accuracy and Delivers Bottom-Line Cost Savings for Sea-Tac Electric

Founded in 1987, Sea-Tac Electric is a top-tier electrical design/build contractor in the Seattle area, serving primarily commercial and industrial customers. Sea-Tac Electric has been using Design Master Electrical RT, an add-in that adds electrical calculations to Revit, for less than one year. But according to Corey McKinnon, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Design and Engineering, the software has already had a major impact on the firm’s engineering workflow, estimating and bottom line.

Read more about Sea-Tac Electric.

Support Articles from the May Archives


Project and Database Management Webinar: A general webinar covering how your drawing and database file interact. Recommended for all users.
Changing the Scale of a Drawing: How to change the scale of a drawing that you have already done work in.
Multiple Scales on a Single Drawing: Sorry, the answer is still to use two drawings. Vote for the request on the wishlist if you would like to see us work on this in a future release.


Exporting Light Fixtures or Diffusers for Reflected Ceiling Plan: Creating a RCP that is disconnected from your Design Master database.
Curved Walls: How to insert curved walls for building load calculations.
How to View Hidden Lines: How to view ductwork hidden lines.
Partition Above and Below Floor: How to create a space that has a partition above and below it.


DM Electrical 8.3 New Features Webinar Recording: A webinar covering all the changes in DM Electrical 8.3, except for the feeder and service load calculations. Those are handled in the other webinar.
Loads on Circuits Do Not Appear in Panel Total: Typically caused by the "General Lighting Circuit" value being set to "Yes."
Setting the Phase of Single-Phase Loads on Three-Phase Switchboards: How to use the "Starting Phase" option.
Layers Used for Circuit Loops: An explanation of all the different places we look to determine what layer to use for loops between devices.
Exporting Light Fixtures or Diffusers for Reflected Ceiling Plan: Creating a RCP that is disconnected from your Design Master database.
Loads on Phases Change in a Transformer: Loads rotate when they go through delta-wye transformers.
Show Rooms on Lighting and Power Plans: How to share rooms between drawings.
Motor Load Calculations: How the largest motor on a panel is determined.
Footcandle Levels Inside Building Outlines: How to keep 0 FC values from being displayed inside buildings.
Indoor Lighting Coefficient of Utilization: How the CU is calculated.