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Design Master January 2023 Newsletter

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Newsletter Redesign—Feedback Needed

I'm Kane Martin, Design Master's technical writer and keeper of most of the written and video content we produce for our users.

David Robison and I have been working together on the Design Master newsletter since I joined the company in late 2018. This year, I want to spend some time improving our newsletter. To that end, I need your help.

We want the newsletter to be valuable to you, which means we need to know what you consider valuable content. Please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey on what you like about the current newsletter, and what you'd like us to include in the future.

[Editor's Note: The feedback survey has closed. Thanks to everyone who offered their thoughts!]

You can expect to see incremental changes to the newsletter throughout 2023.

Electrical for Revit 2.1.1 Beta

The beta version of Design Master Electrical RT 2.1.1 is now available. The new features include the Override Review command, which lists all of the settings that have been changed from the default values in the Panel Edit, Circuit Edit, and Instance Edit commands.

A complete list of new Electrical RT 2.1.1 features is available on our website, along with a video showing the features in action.

Get more information about the beta and a link to the beta installer.

New Billing Through Chargebee

All of our billing has been moved to the subscription billing service Chargebee. One benefit of this service is a customer portal that your company can use to update billing information, add or modify payment methods, and even adjust license counts without needing to contact us directly.

Access the Design Master Chargebee customer portal here.

Emails related to Design Master billing through Chargebee will not have any Chargebee branding. If you have concerns about an email being legitimate, make sure any links in that email direct you to the "" domain.

Feel free to let us know about any questions or concerns.

Design Master Electrical Shines Daily at Summit Professional Engineering

Summit Professional Engineering is a small electrical engineering firm that, in the words of its founder Don Nielsen, “was formed in 2000 mostly as an adventure and a test to see if we could compete with the other excellent firms in our area. The first couple of years were tough, but we had lots of support and return customers.” Over the years, they have delivered a bit of everything, from commercial to industrial to multifamily to education to healthcare. As engineer Mark Hoppe puts it, “We don’t really have a niche market that we’re in. We have a lot of clients, and we take on pretty much everything.” He also comments, “It is crazy busy up in the Pacific Northwest, and it doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon.”

While Don appreciates the relative ease of managing a smaller company, it also “means that we must be efficient and organized.” To that end, Design Master Electrical has played a vital part in the efficiency of their workflow since 2005.

Read more about Summit Professional Engineering.

Online Training

A regular online training webinar is available every month for Design Master Electrical RT for Revit.

Complete details about the training and recordings of past trainings are available on our website.

Here is the schedule for the next two months:

January 19: Feeder IDs
Learn all about feeder IDs on your single-line diagram. See how we generate them, where we store them, and how you can reuse them across projects and users.

February 16: Selective Coordination Let's look at breaker curves! We will cover how to specify the breaker curves for selective coordination and how to display the graphs to ensure that your design meets your requirements.

Documentation Updates

The Electrical and Electrical RT user manual pages with NEC references have been updated to be consistent with the 2023 edition.

Knowledge Base Updates

Knowledge base articles with NEC references have been updated to be consistent with the 2023 edition.

The Design Master Photometrics website now has its own knowledge base. Articles include frequently asked questions and past trainings concerning Design Master Photometrics.

Visit the Design Master Photometrics knowledge base.

The following articles have been added to the knowledge base:


Training Videos

The following training videos have been added to the knowledge base:

Electrical RT