[postgis-users] Split One Layer of Polygons With Another Layer of Polygons?

Paul Ramsey pramsey at refractions.net
Tue Sep 5 18:06:45 PDT 2006

CREATE TABLE new_fields AS
SELECT intersection(f.the_geom, c.the_geom) as the_geom, f.*, c.clu_name
FROM fields f, clu c
   f.the_geom && c.the_geom
   Intersects(f.the_geom, c.the_geom)

On 5-Sep-06, at 2:31 PM, Bill Thoen wrote:

> Using PopstgreSQL/PostGIS, what are the steps I need to use to  
> split one layer of polygons with another layer and also maintain  
> data attrributes among the polygons that are split? For example,  
> I've got corn and soybean field polygons that need to be split at  
> the borders of overlaying CLU (Common Land Unit) polygons, and if a  
> corn field crosses under a CLU boundary, I want to split the field  
> at the CLU boundary and copy the orignal field id, crop code and  
> other attributes into the two (or more) resulting farm field  
> polygons (and probably assign a new unique polygon id to them all  
> too.)
> I'm thinking that the approach would be to create a cursor  
> selection of CLUs and for each of these find the set of farm fields  
> that overlap it. Then for each of those farm fields, split them  
> against the CLU polygon (using Intersection()?) and insert each new  
> polygon with associated data into a new table, and deleting the  
> orignal farm polygon. Then at the end merge all the split polygons  
> back into the orignal table and assign unique ids of all of them.
> Is this the right approach? It seems like a bit of a job, but it  
> also seems like a common enough operation that I'm wondering if  
> there is a simpler way already available in PostGIS or has somebody  
> written a function to do this sort of thing?
> TIA,
> - Bill Thoen
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