I am trying find where a line (chosen by a user) intersects any of the multiple polygons within the shapefile. The shapefile is in EPSG:4326 and the coordinates are in (longitude, latitude).

I have loaded a shapefile containing all the buildings (i.e. polygons) from the centre of Rome and have built a schema inside a database with a PostGIS extension (note, PostGIS version: 2.3).

Link to SQL dump and shapefiles used for polygons of my current database set up: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/khszbfwg4lw8l64/AABtnTfgld6EyLwTHwR84ICLa?dl=0

output from my current query '':SELECT ST_AsText(ST_Intersection('LINESTRING (12.497626 41.897156, 12.4922 41.8902)'::geometry, geom::geometry));

output from terminal

I realise I am most certainly at fault here, as I'm no PostGIS expert. However, I'm stuck as 'geom' is a column in the schema, hence, I'm uncertain as to how to proceed.

I have looked at the following similar-ish questions: Intersection of multi-polygons in PostGIS and Intersection between line & polygon in PostGIS? yet, I am still at loss on how to continue.

  • Welcome to GIS SE. As a new user, please take the Tour. You'd probably be well served by reading a primer on spatial types and functions. ST_Intersection is the wrong function for your purpose. You want ST_Intersects in the WHERE clause.
    – Vince
    May 10, 2018 at 10:49

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You must specify the table name in a FROM clause.

Also, you don't need to cast the geom column to geometry (it is already a geometry!) and you want to get a result only for intersecting geometries.

          ST_SetSRID('LINESTRING (12.497626 41.897156, 12.4922 41.8902)'::geometry,4326), 
FROM shp_rome_travelo
WHERE ST_Intersects(
         ST_SetSRID('LINESTRING (12.497626 41.897156, 12.4922 41.8902)'::geometry,4326), 
  • Thanks @JGH this is certainly a step in the right direction, running the query however produces an error: "Operation on mixed SRID geometries". I checked and the geometry is definitely correct, geom column has type: geometry(MultiPolygon, 4326). Regardless, I switched the longs-lats order, and got '0 rows' as the result. Which can't be right, see image: dropbox.com/s/cie3mvbfa0ewqd2/LoS_model_0.png?dl=0
    – Gitche
    May 10, 2018 at 11:40
  • @Gitche see edited answer to set the coordinate system
    – JGH
    May 10, 2018 at 11:53

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