I have a Shapefile of road that I have converted from a KML file (created on Google Earth) and a txt file containing lat long (from GPS) of points with some attributes. The points are not exactly on the line layer but are very close.

How can I get the chainage of all points from the first point using LRS?

There is an answer given earlier but I have not understood what are the lines route field, points route field and measure field in my layers. I tried to read several notes but to no avail.

Can someone kindly explain? I can send my layer files if needed.

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    I'm assuming by LRS you mean linear referencing system. Can you provide a link to the 'answer given earlier'? That may assist in answering your question. Please use the edit button at the lower left to modify your question.
    – Chris W
    Feb 10, 2015 at 20:36

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As I explained in Snap points to line and calculate chainage using Open source GIS the QGIS LRS plugin accepts points not lying on the line to calibrate it, so it's not a problem that your points are not on the line. By the way, I assume you already loaded the txt file as a point layer (say gps_layer).

As you may have already read, you first need to calibrate your route. Such calibration enables you to calculate measures on your route.

I will try to explain once more the parameters you need to calibrate your route based on a couple (start and end) of points. You can create such couple of points digitizing the start and end nodes of the route and saving it to a calibration layer which also contains the measures you assign to each point. For instance, start point would have a measure of 0 and your end point would have a measure of 10000 (if your route is 10Km long).

Once you do that, you will use both the route layer and the calibration layer, this way:

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  • Lines layer: The input line layer which contains your route (This would be the layer you obtained after exporting from the KML file).

  • Lines route field: This is a field on the route layer whose value specifies an ID for the route (say 'route1').

  • Points layer: The calibration layer with the couple of points (start and end nodes) you created.

  • Points route field: This is a field in the calibration (point) layer whose value matches the ID of the route (we said 'route1').

  • Measure field: The field name of the measure you set for your points (remember you set 0 for the start point and 10000 for your end point).

  • Measure unit: I've used meters in the example.

Once your route is calibrated, you can use the Measures tab in the plugin GUI and load your gps_layer, you find how to use such functionality in my answer to How to find Chainage of points using QGIS (Numeral 2.)

I hope it's clear now. If it's not, try to ask something more specific (after a first try from your side).

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