How to delete a Surface in the OS interface (rather than in Sketchup)? [closed]

asked 2018-09-19 14:44:18 -0600

jmbattis gravatar image

updated 2018-09-24 11:43:42 -0600

Hi, when I open my OS model in Sketchup, I get an error telling me that a surface was not drawn because it occupies the same plane (within them same space) as another surface. Sketchup is correct - this surface should not be here. However, since it does not get drawn by Sketchup, I have no way of deleting it. I would have thought that I could delete it within the OS interface, but direct deleting of surfaces does not seem to be an available feature (?). Any suggestions? Thanks.

Error: Surface 1740 This planar surface shares the same SketchUp face as Surface 979. This error cannot be automatically fixed. The surface will not be drawn.

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Closed for the following reason duplicate question by Aaron Boranian
close date 2018-09-19 18:34:03.555286


@jmbattis this is a very similar question to this post, just that they are having issues with a Subsurface (window, door, etc.) instead of your issue with a Surface (floor, wall, ceiling / roof). However, you should be able to follow the same instructions in that post to fix the issue.

Aaron Boranian gravatar imageAaron Boranian ( 2018-09-19 18:33:45 -0600 )edit

Thanks! @Aaron Boranian From the post you linked, I'm assuming that I'm limited to directly editing the .osm in a text editor? Or is there a "remove orphan surface" measure that I'm missing?

jmbattis gravatar imagejmbattis ( 2018-09-20 08:27:30 -0600 )edit

Correct, there doesn't appear to be a "Remove orphan surface" user script in SketchUp, but use the OSM Diagnostic Script (SketchUp menu Extensions/OpenStudio User Scripts/Reports/OSM Diagnostic Script). There is a "Remove Orphan Objects and Unused Resources" measure that you can download from the BCL. It's best to download this in the OpenStudio application by clicking on the menu Components & Measures/Find Measures and then search in the Whole Building / Space Types category. If both of these don't work, then manually edit the .osm in a text editor.

Aaron Boranian gravatar imageAaron Boranian ( 2018-09-20 14:15:37 -0600 )edit

This post is more in line with your issue than the first one I linked to above, for further reference.

Aaron Boranian gravatar imageAaron Boranian ( 2018-09-20 14:17:35 -0600 )edit