[postgis-users] Querying PostGIS Raster with MultiPoint

Pierre Racine Pierre.Racine at sbf.ulaval.ca
Thu Nov 15 15:07:59 PST 2012

Check my answer in StackExchange...

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> bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Tobias Bieniek
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> Subject: [postgis-users] Querying PostGIS Raster with MultiPoint
> Hi Guys
> I've posted the following question on StackExchange already, but it
> seems that nobody was able to help me.
> (http://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/40371/querying-postgis-raster-with-
> multipoint)
> For one of my projects using PostGIS 2 I have a table with GPS tracks
> (igc_files). It holds records including a MULTIPOINT() column that has
> about 1,000 points for each record and a column that has an array of
> the corresponding timestamps. I also have a raster table (elevations)
> that should at some point hold all of the SRTM elevation data. For now
> I have only imported a few relevant areas though.
> What I want to do is get the elevation for each point of one certain
> record and the corresponding timestamps. I have implemented an naive
> approach and it does work, but I'm wondering about its performance
> implications. This is how it currently looks:
> SELECT timestamps[location_id] AS timestamp,
>        ST_VALUE(elevations.rast, subq.location) AS elevation
> FROM elevations, (
>     SELECT (ST_DUMP(igc_files.locations)).path[1] AS location_id,
>            (ST_DUMP(igc_files.locations)).geom AS location
>     FROM igc_files
>     WHERE igc_files.id = 1
> ) AS subq, igc_files
> WHERE igc_files.id = 1 AND
>       ST_INTERSECTS(subq.location, elevations.rast) AND
>       ST_VALUE(elevations.rast, subq.location) IS NOT NULL
> Since this is a GPS track and the points are not that far apart,
> PostGIS could assume that the next point is in the same raster tile
> and check that tile first before checking the index again from the
> top. Is that actually done by PostGIS or is it just starting to search
> the index from the top for each of the points?
> I have tried to use ST_INTERSECTION() instead of ST_VALUE() and
> feeding in the MULTIPOINTdirectly, but that was actually even slower
> by a few orders of magnitude. Is there a feature/function of PostGIS
> that I am missing to do this more efficiently?
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