I have two QGIS layers. Layer 1 has a floor plan with an attribute field holding feature types, e.g., wall, corridor etc. Layer 2 consists only the lines drawn between door centroids. I want to query the lines in Layer 1, which cross a wall or corridor from Layer 2, then delete these lines.

How would this be done using QGIS?

This is what I have:

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and this is what I want to have:

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  • If you select wall lines by an expression, then use the select by location on your door centroid lines with that wall selection, will that select the door lines you want?
    – johns
    Apr 16, 2021 at 11:58

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With a virtual layer (official documentation), you can create a new layer then save the result as :

SELECT lines.*
  "Layer 1" lines,
  "Layer 2" structure,
    structure IN ('wall', 'corridor')
    AND ST_INTERSECTS(structure.geometry, lines.geometry)

or in QGIS create a selection in Layer 2 with an expression like type IN ('wall', 'corridor'), select all features in Layer 1, and with the tool select by location (documentation), you can remove selection from Layer 1 that intersects selected features in Layer 2.

Then, toggle edit mode in Layer 1 and delete selected features.

  • Thank you! It worked.
    – mdgcrks
    Apr 19, 2021 at 7:44

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