Table and image of single feature composed of two parts

This is a repost of my unsolved QGIS dilema. The image shows a single selected feature that consists of two polygons and the corresponding attribute table. Some nodes of the left poly have been added and moved to illustrate the boundary/ overlap problem. Before the nodes were moved and added the two polys were snapped together and I could not get rid of the line between them. Hovering over the nodes, pop ups identify the polys as either 0 or 1. How does one create a single polygon from the two?

  • Have you tried to merge with the fwtools or with the toolbox ?
    – SIGIS
    Feb 5, 2016 at 18:08

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As I understand your issue, you currently have a multipolygon feature which has an invalid geometry since one part of it overlaps another part. There is a 2-step procedure that should help you to merge your multipolygon into one simple polygon:

First, run the v.clean method which is located in the processing toolbox, GRASS section. Just select your layer and let the default options on. This should split your multipolygon into several features.

Then, select these new features and press the Merge features button in the Advanced Editing Toolbar (which you may need to activate first). This will merge the features into one beautiful polygon.

  • Beautiful! It took a long time to find and start v.clean. Previously I separated the polygon parts of the single feature by "split selected multipart features to single part" but the "merge selected features" always retained the boundary between them. I ran v.clean on the selection and a new layer named "cleaned" was created with the two polygons. The "merge features" eliminated the boundary line as desired. I deleted the areas on the original poly, copied the new result from the "cleaned" layer and the problem is solved. Thank you ArMoraer. Feb 5, 2016 at 21:45

I've just whiled away a few hours wrangling with just such a problem and couldn't solve it using any of the v.clean options using 2.18.2 for Mac.

I got lucky however, with trying the Multipart to singleparts geometry tool by choosing the attribute known to be unique resulting in a new temporary vector layer with three adjoining but separate features.

Select the adjoining features in edit mode and use the Edit>Merge Selected Features option to join the separate features into a single polygon.

Don't forget to save the temporary layer to disk using the Layers>Save As option otherwise the new layer will be lost even when saving the project.

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