Does someone have a beginning to end example of how to take data from a SQL Server geography type field and pass it to the Google Maps API to display the shape on a map? The geography data I'm storing is either a polygon or multipolygon, some of which have holes in them. I would like to do this using .NET code and JavaScript on the fly with whatever data is stored.

  • It appears that is only for sending a series of points to Google Maps, not polygons/multipolygons.
    – Rono
    Mar 20, 2015 at 15:11
  • you need a two dimensional array gis.stackexchange.com/questions/17858/…
    – Mapperz
    Mar 20, 2015 at 15:24
  • Sorry, but I'm not finding anything relevant with that tool.
    – Rono
    Mar 20, 2015 at 15:49
  • The answer for the duplicate you are pointing to has a link which is no longer working, making it fairly useless.
    – Rono
    Mar 20, 2015 at 16:02

1 Answer 1


Here is how I did it using MVC and VB.NET

This SchoolDistrictVertices function is in a partial class of a SchoolDistrict object which was generation using EntityFramework from a SQL database. It contains a geography field named DistrictLocation.

Public Structure Coordinate
  Public Property Latitude As Double
  Public Property Longitude As Double
End Structure

Public Function SchoolDistrictVertices() As List(Of List(Of Coordinate))
  If SchoolDistrict Is Nothing OrElse SchoolDistrict.DistrictLocation Is Nothing Then
    Return Nothing
    'get the points that define the shape by parsing the shape's WKT
    Dim result = New List(Of List(Of Coordinate))
    Dim wkt = SchoolDistrict.DistrictLocation.Location.WellKnownValue().WellKnownText
    Dim startPos = wkt.IndexOf("((")

    Do Until startPos = -1
      Dim list = New List(Of Coordinate)
      Dim endPos = wkt.IndexOf(")", startPos)
      Dim piece = wkt.Substring(startPos + 1, endPos - (startPos + 1))
      Dim coords = piece.Split(","c)

      For Each item In coords
        item = item.Trim().Replace("(", "")
        Dim parts = item.Split(" "c)
        Dim lng = parts(0)
        Dim lat = parts(1)
        Dim coord = New Coordinate()
        coord.Latitude = Convert.ToDouble(lat)
        coord.Longitude = Convert.ToDouble(lng)


      startPos = wkt.IndexOf("(", endPos)

    Return result
  End If

End Function

Here is the View file which takes a SchoolDistrict object as the model:

@<div style="margin-top: 5px; height: 500px" id="map-canvas">

@Section Scripts
<script src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?v=3.exp&signed_in=false"></script>

  $(function () {
    google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, 'load', InitializeMap());

  function InitializeMap()
    var mapOptions = {
      zoom: 12
    var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map-canvas'),  mapOptions);

      Dim count = 0
      Dim shapeList = ""
    End Code
    @If Model.SchoolDistrict IsNot Nothing Then
  @For Each shape In Model.SchoolDistrictVertices()
  @:var coordList@(count) = [
    @For Each coordinate In shape
    @:new google.maps.LatLng(@coordinate.Latitude, @coordinate.Longitude),

                     If shapeList <> "" Then
                       shapeList += ", "
                     End If
                     shapeList += "coordList" + count.ToString()
                     count += 1

    @:districtShape = new google.maps.Polygon({paths: [@shapeList], strokeColor: '#A366E0', strokeOpacity: 0.8, strokeWeight: 1, fillColor:  '#A366E0', fillOpacity: 0.35});
                         End If

End Section

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