dtu1Winning companies reveal impressive projects that were created with D-Tools Award-winning System Integrator software. Over $20,000 in prizes were donated by APC AV, Atlantic Technology, Draper Inc, D-Tools, and Middle Atlantic Products.

D-Tools, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 D-Tools Design Awards. This annual contest recognizes excellence in System Integration projects utilizing D-Tools System Integrator software in four categories; Best Overall Project, Best Residential, Best Commercial, and Most Unique (Residential or Commercial). Winners were selected by the D-Tools development and marketing teams. The winning entries were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, most thorough use of D-Tools’ software functionality, overall visual quality of designs, plans, and schematics; and which projects best communicate the system designer’s vision. The Design Awards were created to showcase the most dynamic and innovative residential and commercial projects created with D-Tools System Integration software, and this year’s winners clearly demonstrate that.

The 2008 Design Award Winners:

Best Overall System
Sponsored by Atlantic Technology

Best Overall System was awarded to Mauricio Barrientos of Media Connections, Inc. Mauricio’s work included some very innovative uses of SI5’s drawing capabilities, including side views on elevation drawings that helped document the system more clearly for both the client and the installers, the drawings themselves were extensively detailed and visually conveyed the sophistication of the extensive AV, networking, and security systems being integrated for the client. This project exemplified the best overall design, most extensive use of SI software, most detailed and extensive schematics, extensive plan views and overall very impressive work.

Best Overall system

Best Overall system

Most Unique System
Sponsored by Draper, Inc.

Most Unique System was designed by Joe Tame of Sensata Group. Joe designed a complete low-voltage residential system that included distributed audio, home automation, home theater, and utilized the layer properties in Visio to communicate clear documentation for the entire project, as well as extremely detailed schematic drawings for each system component.


Best Residential System
Middle Atlantic Products


Best Residential System design was captured by the Design Team of T & T Automation. Superior overall use of the software, detailed drawings including extremely detailed schematics, effective use of packages, and detailed call-outs of relay and pin configurations.

Best Commercial System
Sponsored by American Power Conversion/AV


Best Commercial System design was awarded to Mark Haffeman of Audio Video Planners. Detailed line diagrams and schematics, elevations that also showed high voltage connections, and detailed documentation, making for a complete digital signage application.

Second place Residential design was awarded to Dean Gillings of Flaming Box
for utilizing Visio to augment some D-Tools features, and a clever use of off-page references
on the drawings.

“We received some outstanding entries this year and it was difficult to leave any of the entries out of the winner’s circle. The Design Awards honor the most innovative SI projects of the year and we commend each and every entrant on their achievement,” said Tim Bigoness, VP of Sales & Marketing for D-Tools. “We’re proud to be able to provide our customers with tools that help them generate drawings and system designs of such outstanding quality, and that continues to drive us to improve our software and offer the best solution possible for our customers.”

Winners were showcased at D-Tools annual training event, DTU, November 12 – 14 at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.