I have two separate point layers. The first point layer contains the locations of 100 sensors which are aligned in one specific direction (for example: Asten). The second point layer contains the location-coordinates of the possible directions.

The attribut table of a sensor node looks like following: enter image description here

The attribut table of a direction node looks like following: enter image description here

What I am trying to do is to compare each point of point-layer-1 with each point of point-layer-2. If the "location"-attribut of the point-layer-2 node is equal to the "direction"-attribut of the point-layer-1 node, those two points should be connected to a vector. The result should look like this: enter image description here

The result vectors should be stored in a new line-layer I suppose. Is there a way to do this?

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    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 12:18

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On the sensor layer, go to symbology and change the symbol to a "Geometry Generator". Choose "Line" as type.

Enter the following expression

  -- the current feature's geometry (point from sensor layer).
  -- the matching feature's geometry from the layer 'location_coordinates'
  -- where the attribute 'location' matches the current feature's attribute
  -- "direction"
  geometry(get_feature('locations_coordinates', 'location', "direction"))

PS: in this case there will be no new line-layer, but since you "only" suppose, I guess that should be good enough. The up-side is, you can add as many new locations and sensors as you wish or change other data and the lines will just adjust to the data as it is updated.

  • I tried the your suggested solution, but the expression is invalid. The error I am getting when I copypaste your expression: syntax error, unexpected '(', expecting $end. How can I solve this? Thank you for helping!
    – applebrown
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 11:41
  • It says that get_feature takes 3 arguments. Is it possible that the parameter 'location' and "direction" belong to the get_feature function and not to the make_line arguments?
    – applebrown
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 11:59
  • You are of course right :) Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 12:02
  • amazing! It works, thank you so much for your help :)
    – applebrown
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 12:07
  • Is there a way to store the vectors into a separate line-layer too? Because I need this vectors for calculating the azimuth.
    – applebrown
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 12:08

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