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Difficulty creating spaces in OpenStudio/SketchUp

asked 2015-03-04 05:19:05 -0500

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updated 2015-03-04 05:33:48 -0500

I am a very new user so apologies for the dumb question but I am trying to model a school building in OS/SUP.

I have imported a plan which I have traced over and used the OS create spaces from diagram button to create the ground floor but I cannot create the gym hall space. I can't see any errors but wonder if it is because this space shares some internal walls but is much taller than the adjacent spaces which means the lower part of the wall is internal and the top part is external.

Is there a general resource which gives a bit more detail than the tutorials on the Open Studio? I am also wondering about how to create a different second floor and link the stair wells between first and second floors. Is all of this written down somewhere which I just haven't found yet?

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It should be fine even if the gym has internal walls yet is taller... does your "gym" portion appear like a closed surface in sketchup?

Julien Marrec's avatar Julien Marrec  ( 2015-03-04 06:54:34 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-03-04 08:53:20 -0500

Be sure to use the Intersect tool to split the gymnasium walls at the low roof level. If you then run surface matching the bottom of the wall can have an interior boundary condition while the top can have exterior.

  1. If you are using the diagram tool and you want to raise the gym up, use the push/pull tool in SketchUp after running the diagram.
  2. To model a unique second floor plan, draw or import then second floor diagram after extruding the first floor, and then run the "Create Spaces from Diagram" tool a second time. You can run it as often as you want to add additional unique floors. Similar to the extruded roof you will need to intersect between the unique floors to get proper surface matching.

It sounds like you have looked at some tutorials yet, but wanted to link to this one in case you had not seen it.

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Hi, Thanks for the response and the tutorial link! Is it possible the problem is related to the ceiling height? When I try to create the gym as a separate space it still doesn't work, I just get a roof but no wall height. However, if I let the storey height be 10' (rather than 27.9' ) it does seem to work. The problem is that I can't then use the SUP push/pull tool to pull it up higher as it seems to be disabled for the OS spaces once they've been created. Although I guess I could scale it...

Papachaf's avatar Papachaf  ( 2015-03-06 07:16:09 -0500 )edit

When drawing the second floor I need to trace over the plan again. Can I just move it into position and then intersect it?

And finally, is it possible to change the OS settings to metric? Currently I have to convert the storey height to imperial when I am using the diagram tool even though SUP is in metric settings.

Thank you very much,


Papachaf's avatar Papachaf  ( 2015-03-06 07:19:01 -0500 )edit

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