I have a MULTILINESTRING in my CSV file, and I want to generate a copy of it offset to the right by a few meters. I've run Single Sided Buffer, and Offset Lines, and neither of them seem to generate the correct geometry.

Do I need to convert this string to some other geometry or file type, or something else?

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Try the "Translate" tool in the Processing Toolbox (Ctrl+Alt+T) (under Vector Geometry).

Set the x-axis to whatever distance you want to create the copy:

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Output similar to the following:

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  • Yes, this worked, however, it seems that WSG 84 limits me to degrees translation. How would I need to translate this to what CRS to do offset in meters? Dec 1, 2023 at 18:51
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    Reproject your data to a projected CRS eg UTM. Search for "UTM zone" in the CRS list and find the appropriate UTM zone for your area (mine is UTM zone 56S (EPSG:32756) Dec 2, 2023 at 5:28

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