how to combine various floors including their thermal zones from different files into 1 single file? I have multiple files for a building.

asked 2017-10-19 16:00:36 -0600

mdhayagude's avatar

updated 2017-10-20 10:38:20 -0600

I am working on a high rise building with sketchup open studio plugin. I have created different files based on different floors and identified their thermal zones. I am able to merge the spaces from these files into one single file. However, it doesn't combine my thermal zones. Do you have any suggestions on how can I merge/ combine them into my energy model? Thanks

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You may be able to just concatenate the OSM or IDF files.

cat floor1.idf floor2.idf > building.idf

On Mac and Linux.

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2017-10-20 10:40:47 -0600 )edit

Do all floors have the same Z origin?

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2017-10-20 10:41:31 -0600 )edit

yes. All of them have the same origin.. Also my sketch up file crashes every now and then. Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid it from crashing?

mdhayagude's avatar mdhayagude  ( 2017-10-20 10:46:57 -0600 )edit

@mdhayague, what version of OpenStudio are you using? If you are working with OSM files there is a user script to merge spaces from external model. You could run this multiple times. It can bring in updated copies of an existing space or add new spaces (if name is same it replaces a space), I don't know if it keeps thermal zone assignments, but assuming there is a 1 to 1 mapping you could use script to add zones to un-assigned spaces. I think there is a measure for this that would provide this functionality outside of SketchUp Plugin but I don't think that is published yet.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2017-10-20 11:24:46 -0600 )edit

@David- Thank you for the help. I am using open studio v2.3.0. I am using "merge spaces from external file" command and it merges my spaces. However, it does not merge my assigned thermal zones.. Also if I save and close the file, all my merged spaces in the open studio inspector are deleted provided the model does not crash before it opens. Do you have any further guidance for me? Thank

mdhayagude's avatar mdhayagude  ( 2017-10-20 11:33:06 -0600 )edit