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How to indicate the orientation of the sun compared to the building created with the OpenStudio SketchUp plugin?

asked 2018-07-18 03:13:37 -0500

updated 2018-07-18 07:10:43 -0500

Hey everyone, I was wondering if there is any way to indicate the orientation of the sun or the cadinal directions compared to the building in the OpenStudio application or via OpenStudio SketchUp plugin? Thank you :)

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answered 2018-07-18 04:41:02 -0500

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In SketchUp :

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Here’s a perspective view illustrating the Default Axes and Directions. Note the orientation of the orange True North Axis is aligned with the Green +Y World Axis. The Geographic Coordinates of a Geo-located model are coincident with the World Axes Origin.

Manually geo-locating a model does not move the direction of true north away from the +Y solid green axis.

If you look at the OS inspector in SketchUp plugin you can see there is a place to enter an offset to north in degrees:

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You can also do that in OS in the building Tab

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answered 2018-07-18 05:57:48 -0500

@Avi Thank you for your response, indeed this method worked.

But I also realized that there is a tool to actually move the axes, it is not very precise as you are not able to type the value of the rotation angle but you can adjust it afterwords with the protractor.

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I preferred to work with this second method for not having a 4th axis that could make me confused. I hope that OpenStudio takes this change into consideration, if it does not, please let me know, I would be glad.

Thanks :)

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@Raghda what you see in SketchUp is what you get as far as there is not any offset in the OS inspector window. And I think that using SketchUP Axes tool you should be able to enter degrees just start to rotate about axis and then enter the desired amount.

Avi's avatar Avi  ( 2018-07-18 06:59:44 -0500 )edit

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