I'm trying to draw a line representing direction of a plume of smoke for an emergency planning scenario in QGIS. The line needs to be 5km in length and have a bearing of 85 degrees. The closest I have found to achieve this is the CAD like drawing plug-in but this uses angles rather than compass bearings, so 180 degrees would be pointing west rather than south and vice verse.

Is there a tool to draw lines using compass angles and ideally length?


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    Mar 5, 2014 at 19:10
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    Mar 5, 2014 at 19:43

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Yes, the Azimuth and Distance plug-in will do this.


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