I am digitising line-features based on WGS-84 point-coordinates from a PDF which cannot be copied from.

The final line layer should contain lines which each connect two points and have the following attributes:

  • Name of start point - name of end point
  • value in [ft]
  • value in [m]
  • remark (same for all features)
  • date of creation

Currently I have a csv-based point layer which simply contains the name and coordinates of each point.

Creating the point layer is no problem, but creating the lines is a bit of a hassle. Either I manually create a .csv containing all existing connections between points like the following table and run connect by lines:

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Or I digitise the lines manually but fill in the values (except for the value in [ft]) automatically.

Personally I would prefer option 2, since option 1 involves more manual work and the process has to be repeated regularly (and I figure I could transfer the solution to other tasks), but I can't get the expression right which should fill in the name of the line. All other values are created flawlessly (though they are not taken from another layer based on geometry).

I added the WKT of each point to the point-layer. Currently I am running the following, which returns NULL, despite it seems to be correct to me:

attribute(get_feature('point-layer','geom',geom_to_wkt(start_point($geometry))),'Waypoint')||' - '||attribute(get_feature('point-layer','geom',geom_to_wkt(end_point($geometry))),'Waypoint')

Any ideas where I went wrong?

  • 1
    Are the numbers in "geom" attribute field the same as the number you expect from geom_to_wkt(), down to all decimal places? Rounding or precision issue of numbers by any chance?
    – Kazuhito
    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:18
  • They should be, since I snap my lines to the points. /edit: They are.
    – Erik
    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:38

1 Answer 1


You could try the aggregate function to get the value of WayPoint where the object in point-layer intersects the start_point (and end_point) of the digitised line. This might work better than trying to compare the WKTs:

aggregate(layer:='point-layer', aggregate:='max', expression:="WayPoint",
          filter:= intersects( $geometry, start_point(geometry(@parent)))) 
||' - '||  
aggregate(layer:='point-layer', aggregate:='max', expression:="WayPoint",
          filter:= intersects( $geometry, end_point(geometry(@parent))))

This only works in QGIS 3, the geometry(@parent) function wasn't available in QGIS 2.x

  • Works perfectly, thank you very much =)
    – Erik
    Jun 13, 2019 at 14:24
  • Works great - what does 'Max' do?
    – GeorgeC
    Jul 22, 2019 at 4:00
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    @GeorgeC 'Max' is just one of the aggregate functions - along with Min, Sum and others. You could for example get the Max RL of all the points within a polygon, or sum the lengths of all the sewer lines with a polygon. In our particular case the filter will only return the single point which intersects the start point - the expression would still give the same result if you changed max to min (i.e. aggregate := 'min'
    – M Bain
    Jul 22, 2019 at 4:30
  • @M Bain How to run this expression? Can you please elaborate it, I am also having the same problem to handle. 1. On the point shape file layer (eg: Centroid.shp) 2. What comes in 'point-layer' 3.What comes in @parent 4. What is "WayPoint" Mar 10 at 8:23
  • 1
    You don't run the script, you set it as default in the attribute form @maiyourathaan.
    – Erik
    Mar 10 at 14:16

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