Smathermather's Weblog

Remote Sensing, GIS, Ecology, and Oddball Techniques

PostGIS Cartographic Effects– Cartoonify Nearly Coincident Lines

Posted by smathermather on January 9, 2012

I’m still working on this query, but I thought I’d post what I’ve done so far. My intent is to produce scale-dependent exaggeration of the distances between quasi-parallel lines. The reason for this is so that lines such as street lines which are nearly coincident at a particular viewing scale can be spread from each other, much in the same way great cartography lies a little to display a relatively correct map. The nice thing about digital cartography is that as we zoom in, we can make the lie a smaller and smaller, until it is just barely a fib :).

My thought was to start with the simplest case– move one line away from another (stationary) line. First step is to find the closest point on the stationary line, determine the distance and angle to that point, and then translate the point outward by some scale factor along that angle. Don’t take my code as gospel, though, I think there’s some deeper logical error, but see what you think:

ST_ShortestLine gives us the shortest line from a given point to the road from which we are trying to offset. This is just to help visualize the problem:


	ST_ShortestLine(b.the_geom, ST_Union(a.the_geom)) AS the_geom
    FROM road2_points b, road1 a
    GROUP BY, b.the_geom

Now, we try to translate the point outward at the same angle, by half again the distance to the closest point:

		0.5 * ST_Distance(b.the_geom, ST_Union(a.the_geom)) * cos(ST_Azimuth(b.the_geom, ST_ClosestPoint(ST_Union(a.the_geom), b.the_geom))),
		0.5 * ST_Distance(b.the_geom, ST_Union(a.the_geom)) * sin(ST_Azimuth(b.the_geom, ST_ClosestPoint(ST_Union(a.the_geom), b.the_geom))) )
			AS the_geom
    FROM road2_points b, road1 a
        GROUP BY, b.the_geom

Resulting in something looking like this (red dashed line is the road we are moving away from, the dotted blue are the points making up the line we are moving, and the dotted brown are the newly transformed points, with ST_ShortestLine also visualized in thin brown):


One Response to “PostGIS Cartographic Effects– Cartoonify Nearly Coincident Lines”

  1. […] Tags Analysis ArcGIS ArcINFO BASH Camera Calibration CartoDB CLUSTER Contours Database Database Optimization DEM Digital Surface Model Ecological Land Type Ecological Modeling FOSS GDAL GeoExt Geoserver GeoWebCache GIS labeling Leaflet LiDAR Maplex McNab OpenLayers Porro-Koppe PostGIS Postgre PostgreSQL POV-Ray povray Shell Scripting SLD SQL styled layer descriptor Technical Terrain Correction Tomcat Topographic Classification Topographic Position Triggers Vector Symbolization Viewshed Windows Command Prompt « PostGIS Cartographic Effects– Cartoonify Nearly Coincident Lines […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: