I'm in the search of the right tool to accomplish the following tasks:

I have vector layer A,B,C and D.

I want to overlay vector layer A with B, C and D.

If, for example, vector layer B is overlapping vector layer A, I'd like to have this printed out in a new attribute field for example "A+B"='yes'. Same goes for C and D. So I expect to have three new fields in the attribute table of layer A which tell me if the layer B, C and D do overlap it with yes and no or 1 and 0. Is this possible?

  • Are you interested only if a layer overlaps another layer, or do you need to know per feature?
    – Matt
    Mar 16, 2023 at 14:58
  • hey matt, it's per feature. Mar 16, 2023 at 16:43

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You can get pretty close with:

  1. Merge vector layers. It will merge the four layers into one with a column named layer with the name of the layer, for example A,B,C or D
  2. Union the merge with the merge as input layer, no overlay layer. It will create all existing overlapping geometries. For example where A and B overlap there will be one geometry with layer attribute A and another exactly the same with layer attribute B
  3. Aggregate the output with $geometry as group by expression and concatenate layer as aggregate: enter image description here

The output will have a field with all overlapping layers as an attribute: enter image description here

  • This looks like a similar approach to that following a merge and running the polygon self intersection tool from the SAGA tools in processing.
    – John
    Mar 17, 2023 at 1:08
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    Thanks a lot for the detailed solution! Mar 20, 2023 at 6:43

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