I am trying to create contour lines and filled contours from a shape file of height points using the contour plug in (have tried other tools but with no success).
The data is sourced from the UK Ordnance Survey in tiles of 400 x 400 points (NTF format). Each tile has been opened as a vector layer and then saved as a shp layer. The plug in will run properly with a single tile. However, the area I need is 3 x 3 tiles i.e. 1200 x 1200 points.
Initially I generated contour lines and filled contours for each of the 9 tiles. This is unsatisfactory since the spacing is slightly different for each tile according to its height range resulting in mismatch at tile boundaries. I then merged the 9 shp layers using the mmgis and vector menu merge. Running the contour plug in against either merged file fails with the dialogue box showing 'Not Responding'.
I am running QGIS 1.8 Lisboa on Windows 8 x64 pro with 32gb of memory and plenty of free disk space on all drives. I have had no problems with other imported layers, adding new layers of data. However, this is the first time I have attempted to generate a shaded layer or contour lines. I guess there must be a setting somewhere to allow the plug in to handle the larger data block - I found and increased the cache setting in 'options') or I am using the wrong tool for the job.
My project is mapping local history routes/settlements. The shading is needed to provide context.
Any help will be much appreciated