# [postgis-users] Getting dimensions of polygon sides

Obe, Regina robe.dnd at cityofboston.gov
Wed Jun 11 12:36:25 PDT 2008

```Eric,

Yap this looks more along the lines of what I was thinking.  Although I
think I managed to skirt using the loop by replaceing my loops with
generate_series.  I'll have to do a speed compare to see how they
compare.

-----Original Message-----
From: postgis-users-bounces at postgis.refractions.net
[mailto:postgis-users-bounces at postgis.refractions.net] On Behalf Of
Randall, Eric
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:57 PM
To: PostGIS Users Discussion
Subject: RE: [postgis-users] Getting dimensions of polygon sides

Hi Regina,

A very non-elegant try on my parcels.
This just ends up making lines out of every two point segment of a
parcel poly and IDs them in order.

Eric

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION taxparcel_to_segments() RETURNS integer AS \$\$

DECLARE

getrow CURSOR FOR SELECT * FROM taxparcel;

tp_row taxparcel%ROWTYPE;

vsegment integer;
maxrows integer;
maxpoints integer;
i integer;
j integer;
rowcount integer;

BEGIN

/*  select DropGeometryColumn('','parcel_dims','geom');
drop table parcel_dims;
create table parcel_dims (pin text, segment numeric(11,3),
length float);
select
*/

TRUNCATE parcel_dims;

SELECT INTO maxrows count(*)FROM  taxparcel;

OPEN getrow;

rowcount := 0;
i := 1;

WHILE rowcount < maxrows LOOP   -- might want to limit this to
100 to test

FETCH getrow into tp_row;
rowcount := rowcount + 1;
select into maxpoints ST_npoints(tp_row.geom);

FOR i in 1 .. maxpoints - 1 LOOP
vsegment := i;
j := i + 1;

INSERT INTO parcel_dims VALUES
( tp_row.taxpin, vsegment,
ST_length(ST_makeline(ST_pointn(ST_boundary(tp_row.geom),i),ST_pointn(ST
_boundary
(tp_row.geom),j)))::numeric(11,3),

ST_makeline(ST_pointn(ST_boundary(tp_row.geom),i),ST_pointn(boundary(tp_
row.geom),j))  );

END LOOP;

END LOOP;

RETURN(rowcount);

END;

\$\$ language plpgsql

-----Original Message-----
From: postgis-users-bounces at postgis.refractions.net
[mailto:postgis-users-bounces at postgis.refractions.net]On Behalf Of Obe,
Regina
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 11:02 AM
To: PostGIS Users Discussion
Subject: [postgis-users] Getting dimensions of polygon sides

I'm trying to similuate ArcGIS annotations.  I guess ArcPad doesn't
support ArcGIS annotations according to what I have been told but can
support line strings and so forth.

Here is the the problem.  I have a set of parcel polygon geometries.
I'm going to assume that each lines side is composed of 2 points and no
polygon has more than 1000 sides.  I need to create a table that has a
separate row for each side with the length  of that side as an attribute
fields.

I stupidly thought I could take the boundary and then figure out the
length of the boundary forgetting that this just gives me the perimeter.

So my second thought was that if I reconstitute points of the boundary
grouping 2 at a time  - that would do the trick.

My query is still running so haven't looked to see what the final result
is.  I'm wondering if someone has done something similar and if they
have an easier way.

Below is the query I am testing right now.

INSERT INTO assessing.parcdimstime_2008(pid, pid_year, the_geom)
SELECT b.pid, b.pid_year, ST_MakeLine(ST_PointN(the_boundary,n),
ST_PointN(the_boundary, n + 1)) As the_side
FROM (SELECT pid, pid_year, the_boundary,
ST_NumPoints(the_boundary) As nump
FROM (SELECT pid, pid_year, ST_Boundary(the_geom) As
the_boundary
FROM assessing.parceltime
WHERE pid_year = 2008) p) As b
CROSS JOIN generate_series(1, 1000) n
WHERE n < b.nump;

UPDATE assessing.parcdimstime_2008 SET sd_length = ST_Length(the_geom);

Thanks,
Regina

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