In QGIS 2.6.1 in Ubuntu, I want to measure the density of block in this city (FYI my final aim is to measure the TOD level). I have the road network from French national IGN dataset BDTopo. I have measured the number of intersections using the QGIS tool "Intersection" by computing the intersections of the network.

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As shown on the image of the intersection window tool, I selected the same layer twice 'CHEMIN' and used the idea of each edge 'ID'.

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The result is shown here. My problem is that some of the generated intersections are not real intersection. They are just two edges with different characteristics that connect, like the one selected here, which have two different physical width (shown in the map). The field 'ID' was used for the intersection, I tried with a different field, the name of the street and the result is roughly the same, there are too many intersection, more than the ones I want to obtain.

Now I want to simplify my network and avoid having a change of edge ID each time the width of the street changes or when there is a bridge, as is currently the case in the dataset. I would like to have less edges and merge edges when they belong to the same street basically.

  • One solution is to calculate number of lines which intersection points touch, when number >2 it is road intersection. code is something like (' SELECT i.id, count(l.id) cnt from lines l , points i where ST_Intersects(i.geom , l.geom) GROUP BY i.id, l.id ) Jan 28, 2016 at 12:04

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I've had this problem some time ago and it took some effort to solve, at least partially. In my case, the street network was split into segments, so I first joined them. You could use a Merge by field in QGIS, or use PostGIS. Then I had to use PostGIS to remove duplicate fields based on the point of intersection(the_geom).

Hope it helps

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