I have a Python script that has a line that takes the geometry and calculates it into a square feet value by multiplying the area by 10.7639 in a geopandas dataframe.

bldg_feat_poly_df['bldg_sqft'] = bldg_feat_poly_df.geometry.area * 10.7639

This works fine. I am now trying to do the same in PostgreSQL using PostGIS. I believe that ST_Area is the correct method to use:

ST_Area(geom) * 10.7639 AS bldg_sqft
FROM my_schema.my_table

Looking at the ST_Area documentation , it looks like it automatically calculates the value as square feet. My geometry is already in SRID=102008/North America Albers Equal Area Conic projection. Should I just use ST_Area(geom) AS bldg_sqft ?

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st_area is the correct function to use to get a geometry area, expressed in the CRS unit.

102008 unit is meters, so the output will be in square meters, and you would still have to apply the conversion factor

  • So, ST_Area(geom) * 10.7639 AS bldg_sqft would be correct then?
    – gwydion93
    Dec 22, 2021 at 18:17
  • 1
    yes, as 1m2 = 10.7639ft2
    – JGH
    Dec 22, 2021 at 18:18

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