PostGIS is an extension for the PostgreSQL object-relational database that adds support for geographic objects.

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How to query OSM for all beaches facing west? - QGIS preferred

I want to identify all beaches on this planet (or a given subset of it) that are facing westwards (+/- 20-30 degrees). My idea is to use OSM as the data source. Extracting all polygons that have the ...
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How to use ST_Intersection?

Here's a quick summary about what I'm trying to do: I have 3 tables in Postgres, 'a' and 'b', each have a Polygon column, and 'c' has a Point column. What I'm trying to do here is to get the ...
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How to convert/typecast from Polygon to Multipolygon in PostGIS?

Is there any way to typecast Polygons to Multipolygon type? For example, I have created a circle using ST_Buffer() on a point. The return type of that function is of Polygon type. The problem is that ...
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Are there any tricks to using a schema other than public in PostGIS?

I'm currently setting up a fresh install of PostGIS 2.0.2 and PostgreSQL 9.1.6 on Ubuntu. I've recently come across some information indicating that using the public schema to store all data is not a ...
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Finding the closest Geometry in PostGIS

I've been looking over the PostGIS "API" of functions, and I notice that most of them take two elements to compare. For example, the ST_Distance function takes two geometry/geography elements to find ...
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How to install PostGIS on Windows?

I want to create an application platform based on PostGIS data. I read the documentation where I saw the prerequisite to install GEOS, GDAL and Proj4. The main problem is I am using windows platform. ...
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How to add features to a PostGIS layer using Quantum GIS?

I am using Quantum GIS and the PostGIS dbms. I am able to call the PostGIS layer into QGIS but i am unable to add feature to it. I am using the method of adding features to a Shapefile but still it is ...
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Beginner PostGIS question: getting geometry from multiple tables

I am very new to PostGIS, PostgreSQL, and SQL in general. I have 44 tables in my PostGIS database, and each one represents a different layer of vector data. Each was loaded from a separate shapefile, ...
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How to add vertices to existing linestrings?

If I have Linestring(1 2, 1 5, 1 9) and a Point(1 3) Is there any function that can merge linestring and point preserving the order so output would be: Linestring(1 2, 1 3, 1 5, 1 9)
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How to Simplify a Line Network Preserving Topology?

I have a Shapefile (consisting of European major roads) with about 250.000 Segments which I have to simplify for pgrouting. But I can't seem to find a way to do that properly. This is what it looks ...
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Find headwater polygons

This is a follow up question to this question. I have a river network (multiline) and some drainage polygons (see picture below). My goal is to select only the headwater polygons (green). With ...
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Are there open source solutions for travel demand modelling?

I'm looking for open source tools for travel demand modelling (eg The four-step UTMS). Preferably in a GIS environment. That works well with Qgis, Grass and Postgis. My question is not related to ...
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PostGIS Union Between Two Tables, Preserving Attributes

I'm trying to union US State level upper- and lower-level government boundaries in such a way that generates one PostGIS table with both the upper and lower level names for each shape. In my example ...
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Why do simplify polygon results differ between ArcGIS for Desktop and PostGIS?

I am mainly interested in why and how the Simplify Polygons tool in ArcGIS for Desktop handles the simplification process, including preventing and resolving topological errors better than the ...
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How to run two PostGIS versions in parallel on Windows?

I'm trying to understand how to install PostGIS2.0 on Windows7. The PostGIS site has the following suggestions: PostGIS Experimental Binaries PostGIS 2.0.0SVN Binaries with Raster, Topology ...
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Performance Gain Through GIST Index for Point in Polygon Query

I have two tables: locations(id,region_id,the_geom) and regions(id,the_geom). For each location point I want to determine the region it is located in: UPDATE locations SET region_id = (SELECT id ...
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How to measure length of line accurately?

In postgis 1.5 for the below given query the answer is 1540651.62674101 meters , SELECT ST_Length(ST_GeomFromText('LINESTRING(77.83042478941326 9.98463896136159,78.03469506809812 23.90398909552571 ...
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How to detect duplicates and keep only one?

I've got a table with lots of points (200.000). Some of them are duplicates (not exactly but e.g. a metro station has eight entrances) and I want to keep only one of these metro entrances. I am able ...
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grib2 to raster? (grib2 -> raster2pgsql -> PostGIS 2.0 -> GeoServer)

I'm looking to implement import of US National Weather Service data for doing various sorts of models (www.soils.wisc.edu/uwex_agwx if you're curious about what we're doing with the data). The ...
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How to group connected linestrings in PostGIS?

I have a table of streets I've selected based on a set of attributes (let's say it's speed_limit < 25). There are groups of streets that are locally contiguous; I'd like to group these sets of ...
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Offline Map Service with Mapnik and Leaflet

I'm relatively new to GIS, so I hope my asking doesn't appear to be ignorant in any way. I currently work on an offline map service solution for usage in areas without internet connection. For that ...
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Nearest neighbour for every row

I'm relatively new to PostGIS and postgresql . I'm trying to build a simple query containing two relations as follows : I've two relations R1 and R2 both of which contains geometries(Points) . I ...
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How to create a valid global polygon grid in PostGIS?

I want to create a grid spawning the whole globe. The grid is used to measure a density value by counting the number of certain spatial objects in each grid cell. To create the grid, I have created ...
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How to split polygons with another polygon and inheritage data?

Let's say that we have two tables with polygons representing areas. Table A and Table B. Geometries from table A represents both the valid and invalid areas. And the geometries in table B represents ...
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Attempting to use ST_DWithin to locate objects within a given distance of meters using SRID 4326

I'm a Rails developer with minimal GIS experience, working with PostGIS and the RGeo gem. I'd like to find all of the cows within 500 meters of my current location. So, I'll create a model for my ...
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How to improve poor performance times for PostGIS 2.1 Tiger Geocoder?

I've recently upgraded my PostGIS DB from 2.0 to 2.1. I initially followed the instructions from Waiting for PostGIS 2.1 - Install PostGIS Tiger Geocoder as an Extension and 2.7. Installing, ...
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How to clean such a bad shapefile for routing ?

I am trying to clean a shapefile to make it usable for routing with pgrouting, postgis, postgresql. Here an intersection, it seems to be connected but when we zoom …. It is not: Same here : ...
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GUI tools for PostgreSQL/PostGIS?

as a cartographer I work with TileMill to visualize geodata. I installed a local PostgreSQL server with PostGIS and osm2pgsql. Everything works fine. Anyhow, I am new to working with servers and the ...
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PostGIS raster value of a lat/lon point

I have a tiff raster in my PostGIS 2.0 database. I want to get the value of the raster at a specified lat/lon point. I have: postgresql-9.1 postgis-2.0-svn with raster support a raster imported ...
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Creating spatial tables with PostGIS

In the PostGIS documentation it says that there are two steps to creating a spatial table with SQL: Create a normal non-spatial table. Add a spatial column to the table using the OpenGIS ...
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Postgis - Converting 'geometry_dump' data type to a 'geometry' type

I am working with a dataset of property boundaries that has had ST_Union() run on it, thus all the polygons appear as a multi polygon in one row of a table. I would like to separate these out so I get ...
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Why doesn't pgRouting return the best path?

Let the next portion of a graph: When I use the function shortest_path between the points A and B, I got the blue path. Why does this happen?
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Using ArcGIS and QGIS together in multi-user editing environment?

We have a GIS staff of 7, and another group of about 14 who "use GIS" from time to time. We really, really want multi-user editing. Mostly of a large point file, and we're almost never in the same ...
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How do I get the area of a WGS84 polygon in square meters?

The following gives me the area of the polygon in square degrees: SELECT ST_Area(ST_GeomFromText('POLYGON((871325.790874952 6105405.3261047,871418.748307692 6105359.72944624,871346.22022442 ...
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How to catch PostgreSQL/PostGIS errors in GDAL/OGR Python bindings?

Is it possible to catch PostgreSQL output error messages in OGR after a query has failed? For example conn.ExecuteSQL('SELECT * FROM non_existing_table;') In Postgres this returns an error ...
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Bounding box for PostGIS table

Is there an easy way to get the bounding box for an entire table in PostGIS? Thanks
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How to replicate ArcGIS Intersect in PostGIS

I'm trying to replicate this ArcGIS process in PostGIS: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2012/11/13/spaghetti_and_meatballs/. This describes how to break buffered points down into polygons based on ...
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Open Source equivalent to Collector for ArcGIS to use with QGIS/PostGIS?

From my reading of the Esri web pages the Collector for ArcGIS is tightly tied to that platform. I would be delighted to learn that I am wrong about this. I have a strong interest in generic mobile ...
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Setting geometry types importing to PostGIS with OGR

I'm using ogr2ogr to import data into a PostGIS database. Each dataset I need to import has (theoretically) the same exact data structure, but it appears that they are not the same geometry types. ...
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Clarification of Logical Operators in a PostGIS Database

The following query returns this result: select count(*) from a , b where a.geom && b.geom; count ------- 66514 On a postgis 2 database. What does the logical operator AND ...
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Do large vertex counts cause performance issues?

I have a table of several thousand tuples - each tuple has a geometry column. The problem is, these geometries have a large vertex count. The max vertex count is 400, while the average is 200. ...
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Data visualization and maintenance tool

Background Looking to leverage an existing GIS system for exploring organizational data. Architecture The following figure represents a high-level overview of the system's desired features: The ...
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How to load Shapefiles into a remote PostGIS db using command line?

Can we import a Shapefile from a system which doesn't have PostgreSQL installed (client machine) into a system having PostGIS installed? I am getting problem with 'shp2pgsql' and 'psql' since both ...
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When should I use ST_Buffer?

I would like to know what is the sense of using st_buffer operation. In PostGIS reference guide there is only the syntax and a short description of this operation. Could you give some examples to ...
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How do you calculate lat/lons from a PostGIS table which has a projected coordinate system?

I have a PostGIS table in a projected coordinate system (EPSG: 28355 or MGA94 Zone55). In QGIS (with the PostGIS manager plugin) I calculate a coordinate by performing the following SQL "UPDATE ...
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Very poor performance of QGIS and PostGIS2. User error or feature?

I have a large table in Postgis2. It has >500 million polygon, line and point features all happily living in there and the table performs brilliantly in other GIS. I am now trying to just add that ...
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Loading raster from PostGIS DB into QGIS: succeeded yesterday, fails now [closed]

I have a PostgreSQL(v.9.2)/Postgis(v.2.0.3) database which includes raster layers (added through raster2pgsql). To open them in QGIS (v.1.8.0-Lisboa), the "Add Postgis layer" menu will not work; ...
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How to findout direction PostGIS

I want to find out the direction from the 2 points from postGIS database. Please see the attached image. I want to find out the direction from the mainPt to any point. But want to get the result as ...
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Adding a GIS feature to existing database entry with QGIS

I've built a database with postgreSQL with tables, which include geometry columns. When I add some data to my non-geometry columns, I can see them in QGIS when I connect to my database using postgis. ...
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How to extract POINT from a [LINE|MULTILINE]STRING

I'd like to create a vectorLayer in QGIS to display all the points that form a LINESTRING or a MULTILINESTRING stored in a PostGIS DB. I think that I need to transform all points of LINESTRING (or ...