I'm trying to use QGIS (2.6.1-Brighton) to aggregate polygons according to an ID attribute.

I'm using the shapefile of school district polygons in Michigan found here:


MI Geographic Framework School Districts (v14a) is the name of the shapefile I'm working with.

I'm trying to create a shapefile of Intermediate School Districts, which in Michigan are a level of aggregation above school districts.

I should be able to do this using the dissolve tool, as there is an ID variable in the v14a shapefile (called ISD).

However, upon doing so, the resulting polygon layer appears to have been re-projected and rotated.

Here's the input polygons: enter image description here

The CRS of this layer is strange, but here's the definition:

+proj=omerc +lat_0=45.30916666666666 +lonc=-86 +alpha=337.25556
+k=0.9996 +x_0=2546731.496 +y_0=-4354009.816 +no_uoff +ellps=GRS80
+towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

And here's the result of the dissolve: enter image description here

With CRS:

+proj=omerc +lat_0=45.30916666666666 +lonc=-86 +alpha=337.25556
+k=0.9996 +x_0=2546731.496 +y_0=-4354009.816 +gamma=0 +ellps=GRS80
+towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

Any idea what's going on here?


1 Answer 1


Assuming you don't use the latest QGIS version (you don't mention any version in the original post), upgrade your QGIS version to 2.6.1-Brighton. I've followed the work flow you described (same data, same dissolve base field) and got the dissolved data properly located.

As to the attributes you've already appended to the result, perform a table join (find the steps here) to transfer all your edits to your properly located dissolved data. Then use "Save as..." on your joined layer to get a new layer that includes both your properly located dissolved data and your manual edits.


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