I need to snap about 1000 lines in one layer to the lines in another layer (there are about 5000 lines in the second layer). The lines to be snapped are about 15 map units away from the base layer lines. It looks like ArcGIS could do this using the Integrate tool in the Data Manager toolbox.

Is there a QGIS/GRASS/SAGA/other open source alternative to Integrate or will I need to crack open my Python skills?


The tool you mentioned in ArcGIS does not snap one layer to another. Rather it snaps the boundaries in a layer to "themselves". So it you have two lines in the same layer that are within a certain threshold, Integrate will snap them together (i.e. move them both to the average distance between them).

This action is done in GRASS with the v.edit module, using tool "snap" and the threshold parameter. So you would have to merge your two layers together into one (v.patch) to do this operation. I would first add a column to the first layer with some identifier, then after the snapping operation you can separate those features out again.

  • Not having access to ArcGIS at the moment I got the wrong end of the stick in terms of what the Integrate tool does. Thanks for correcting me. I'll have a look at GRASS and see if I can get it doing what I want. – ajgdev Aug 23 '13 at 8:47

You might have some luck with ST_Snap in Postgis. It will allow you to snap nearly coincident features within a specified tolerance.

  • Thanks - this might force my hand to start using PostGIS more – ajgdev Aug 23 '13 at 8:48
  • Is it a way to use PostGIS tools inside ArcGIS ? – Losbaltica Feb 22 '17 at 6:16

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