I am working with a Spatial data which has a street intersection points.... I get the intersection points from spatial query on street/roads datain MMSQL . but in my case some streets/roads are multi lane.. which gives me duplicate intersection points for same streets/roads for each lane about 3-5 meters away from each other.. now i have the point data with Duplicate intersection points with a geometry differing in about 3-5 meters.. Now i want to delete the duplicate intersection points and keep only one intersection point.. i tried taking buffer of a point n den deleting the points which intersects with this buffer.. the the query is very slow and takes ages to complete.. i tried using spatial indexes but it hardly helps...

is there a algorithm or any method in QGIS ARCGIS OR POSTGIS Database which i can use to delete theses duplicate points.. or any other method?????


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Don't take buffers. You can identify all your "near to each other" points like this (if you have a spatial index on geom, it'll run quite fast):

SELECT a.id FROM pts a, pts b
WHERE ST_DWithin(a.geom, b.geom, 3)
AND a.id != b.id;

Be careful that you don't delete legitimate crossings that also happen to be close to each other. Your 3-5m rule might not be unique to duplicate crossings. Maybe only delete crossings that also share a name (assuming that when you generate crossings you attribute them with the names of the crossing streets).

SELECT a.id FROM pts a, pts b
WHERE ST_DWithin(a.geom, b.geom, 3)
AND a.id != b.id
AND (a.name1 = b.name1 OR a.name2 = b.name2);
  • very elegant query
    – Barrett
    Jan 9, 2014 at 19:56
  • Thanks Paul Ramsey, I will try this approach as of nw i was using Point1.STBuffer(2).STIntersects(Point2) and it was taking long time to execute
    – Yogendra
    Jan 14, 2014 at 5:16
  • HI Paul Ramsey i think the query in which you use the function ST_DWithin(a.geom, b.geom, 3) works with PostGIS... i tried this query but there is no such method (ST_DWithin) available for geography type in MSSQL.
    – Yogendra
    Jan 14, 2014 at 5:41
  • the equivalent way to get a similar output to what the ST_DWithin(point1, point2, 3) would give would be point1.STDistance(point2) < d where d is the distance in this case d=3
    – Yogendra
    Jan 14, 2014 at 6:04

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