I am trying the driving distance function of pgRouting 2.0 beta, with an extract of OSM data. The problem I have is illustrated on the following image :

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On this picture i try to get all the ways accessible in 5 min from the downtown of the small city. For this purpose, I use the driving distance function. Clearly, the result is not ok : ways that should be returned are not, ways that shouldn't are (and far away from the area).

I'm pretty sure it's a problem during the creation of the topology, so I've tried various tool to import data and create the topology :

  • osm2postgis, osmosis + pgr_createTopology function of pgRouting
  • osm2po

With exactly the same kind of problem each time.

I've changed the tolerance of disconnected edge of the pgr_createTopology function and tried a large range of values, without success.

I haven't much experience in GIS, PostGIS and pgrouting.

I'm using PostGIS 9.2 + pgRouting 2.0 beta.

  • Can you run a shortest path query with a result that looks OK?
    – dkastl
    Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 10:23
  • No, i get a result with a similar problem (ways disconnected)
    – Xavier
    Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 10:15
  • Then your topology is probably created wrong, see answer below.
    – dkastl
    Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 13:18

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When you run pgr_createTopology, then the "snapping tolerance" is essential to have the same unit as your geometry. There are 2 cases:

  1. Your projection is in "degree", then a value must be much smaller than 1, for example 0.00001
  2. Or your projection in in "meter", then the value might 1 for example.
  • It seems that openstreetmap projection is in degrees. I've tried both 0.000001 and 1 for the "snapping tolerance" with no change in the error. The path is still composed by disconnected edges.
    – Xavier
    Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 14:53

Are you calling pgr_drivingdistance and then using id2 (the "edge id") to join back to your edge table?

If so, the pgr_drivingdistance function actually currently has a bug which causes this 'edge id' to not represent the actual path taken to get to that node. see https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting/issues/203

There's currently an open pull request to fix the issue (https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting/pull/204). You can try pulling down this branch, re-building and re-installing, and see if it fixes your issue

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