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Design Master October 2017 Newsletter

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Take the Eighth Annual BIM MEP Survey

We're doing our BIM survey again. Do me a favor and take it if you haven't already. Our survey software says the average person finishes the survey in 5 minutes. It would really help us out if you could take those few minutes to answer the survey. Thanks!

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

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


Weekly Training Schedule Changes

The weekly training we started last month was well attended and well received. We look forward to continuing it this month.

We are still working on our archiving system. For the moment, the videos are currently available here on our website. The specific place they are stored might change in the future.

Complete details about the training are available on our website.

There are two schedule changes coming up.

The October 19 class has been moved to October 17 due to a scheduling conflict.

The November 23 class has been moved to November 21 due to Thanksgiving.

Here is the schedule for the next two months:

October 5, 2017: One-line Diagrams (Electrical for Revit and Electrical for AutoCAD)
The "Generate Riser" and "Generate One-Line" Commands

October 12, 2017: Electrical for Revit
Voltage Drop Calculations

TUESDAY, October 17, 2017: Electrical for AutoCAD
Dwelling Unit Load Calculations

October 26, 2017: HVAC for AutoCAD
2D Ductwork Drafting

November 2, 2017: One-line Diagrams (Electrical for Revit and Electrical for AutoCAD)
Feeder Drafting Techniques

November 9, 2017: Electrical for Revit
The "Panel Edit" Command

November 16, 2017: Electrical for AutoCAD
Equipment: Schedules and Other Settings

TUESDAY, November 21, 2017: HVAC for AutoCAD
Building Load Calculations

November 30, 2017: Photometrics for AutoCAD
Calculation Areas: Slopes, Elevations, Grouping, and Other Settings


Support Articles from the September Archives

General AutoCAD

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

HVAC for AutoCAD

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.

Electrical for AutoCAD and Electrical for Revit

Feeder IDs: How feeder IDs work. This article explains how we handle consistent naming of feeder IDs both within a single project and across projects.


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.

HVAC for AutoCAD

Equipment Database