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How can I convert a Sketchup drawing into an OpenStudio model?

asked 2016-03-14 05:50:20 -0600

Giorgio C.'s avatar

updated 2016-03-14 10:40:45 -0600

As I said in the title, I don't know how to transform or convert an already existing SketchUp drawing into an Openstudio model. It seems impossible that, if I haven't started by drawing my model in a new OpenStudio space, it will not be later possible to (at least) "convert" the already existing SketchUp drawing into an OpenStudio model. Any suggestions? I'm a beginner at using OpenStudio and I drew my model without creating a new OpenStudio model. I drew my model using SketchUp as if there is no OpenStudio plug-in, so creating just a SketchUp model. Now I'd like to assign all kinds of surfaces (and subsurfaces) and the only way I found out so far to do that is to 1)Create a new OpenStudio space; 2)Trace everything again over the existing SketchUp drawing. Only by doing this, I managed to assign surfaces such as walls, floors, roofs and so on. The only problem is that it's really time consuming and if you don't immediately draw your model in an OpenStudio model, you'll have to re-draw it again!

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Hi @GiorgioC, welcome to unmethours. Not trying to pick on you (this comment applies to all new users and some existing ones too!!!) but please don't invent new tags. Use existing tags instead. The best way to make sure that your question doesn't get routed to any person's inbox is to create new tags that nobody subscribes to. Again, not trying to pick on you specifically. :)

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2016-03-14 10:43:30 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-03-14 10:25:02 -0600

Adam Hilton's avatar

You should be able to select surfaces that reflect the floor plan of one floor of your building and use the "Create Spaces from Outline" command. Your sketchup geometry won't be deleted when you do this but once you save using the OS toolbar command, you can close the sketchup file, reload the model and you should be good to go leaving you with just the OS model. Other than that tracing is going to be your next best option. You might be able to copy and pate in place too, haven't tried it out though. Whatever the case, make sure you're drawing on a space by space basis and not drawing everything into one space.

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You can copy generic loose SketchUp geometry, make a new OpenStudio Space, enter into that space, and choose Paste in Place. But you should only select the surfaces for a single space at a time. You may need to clean up and reverse faces.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2016-03-14 10:36:27 -0600 )edit

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