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@ianturton /Buffer
Last active Jul 20, 2016

Buffer a GeoTools Linestring, this code creates a new polygon at a specified distance around the provided line.
package com.ianturton.cookbook.operations;
import java.util.List;
import javax.measure.Measure;
import javax.measure.quantity.Length;
import javax.measure.unit.SI;
import org.geotools.feature.SchemaException;
import org.geotools.feature.simple.SimpleFeatureBuilder;
import org.geotools.feature.simple.SimpleFeatureTypeBuilder;
import org.geotools.geometry.jts.JTS;
import org.geotools.referencing.CRS;
import org.ianturton.cookbook.utilities.GenerateRandomData;
import org.opengis.feature.GeometryAttribute;
import org.opengis.feature.simple.SimpleFeature;
import org.opengis.feature.simple.SimpleFeatureType;
import org.opengis.geometry.MismatchedDimensionException;
import org.opengis.referencing.FactoryException;
import org.opengis.referencing.operation.MathTransform;
import org.opengis.referencing.operation.TransformException;
import com.vividsolutions.jts.geom.Geometry;
import com.vividsolutions.jts.geom.Point;
* Take a Linestring in WGS84, convert to a local projection and buffer at 1km
* then reproject to WGS84 and print.
* @author ian
public class Buffer {
public static void main(String args[]) {
SimpleFeatureType schema = null;
try {
schema = DataUtilities.createType("", "Location",
"locations:LineString:srid=4326," + // <- the geometry
// attribute:
"id:Integer" // a number attribute
} catch (SchemaException e) {
// TODO Auto-generated catch block
SimpleFeature feature = GenerateRandomData
Buffer buf = new Buffer();
SimpleFeature out = buf.bufferFeature(feature, Measure.valueOf(1.0, SI.KILOMETER));
public SimpleFeature bufferFeature(SimpleFeature feature,
Measure<Double, Length> distance) {
// extract the geometry
GeometryAttribute gProp = feature.getDefaultGeometryProperty();
CoordinateReferenceSystem origCRS = gProp.getDescriptor()
Geometry geom = (Geometry) feature.getDefaultGeometry();
Geometry pGeom = geom;
MathTransform toTransform,fromTransform = null;
// reproject the geometry to a local projection
if (!(origCRS instanceof ProjectedCRS)) {
Point c = geom.getCentroid();
double x = c.getCoordinate().x;
double y = c.getCoordinate().y;
String code = "AUTO:42001," + x + "," + y;
// System.out.println(code);
CoordinateReferenceSystem auto;
try {
auto = CRS.decode(code);
toTransform = CRS.findMathTransform(
DefaultGeographicCRS.WGS84, auto);
fromTransform = CRS.findMathTransform(auto,
pGeom = JTS.transform(geom, toTransform);
} catch (MismatchedDimensionException | TransformException
| FactoryException e) {
// TODO Auto-generated catch block
// buffer
Geometry out = buffer(pGeom, distance.doubleValue(SI.METER));
Geometry retGeom = out;
// reproject the geometry to the original projection
if (!(origCRS instanceof ProjectedCRS)) {
try {
retGeom = JTS.transform(out, fromTransform);
} catch (MismatchedDimensionException | TransformException e) {
// TODO Auto-generated catch block
// return a new feature containing the geom
SimpleFeatureType schema = feature.getFeatureType();
SimpleFeatureTypeBuilder ftBuilder = new SimpleFeatureTypeBuilder();
SimpleFeatureType nSchema = ftBuilder.buildFeatureType();
SimpleFeatureBuilder builder = new SimpleFeatureBuilder(nSchema);
List<Object> atts = feature.getAttributes();
for(int i=0;i<atts.size();i++) {
if(atts.get(i) instanceof Geometry) {
atts.set(i, retGeom);
SimpleFeature nFeature = builder.buildFeature(null, atts.toArray() );
return nFeature;
* create a buffer around the geometry, assumes the geometry is in the same
* units as the distance variable.
* @param geom
* a projected geometry.
* @param dist
* a distance for the buffer in the same units as the projection.
* @return
private Geometry buffer(Geometry geom, double dist) {
Geometry buffer = geom.buffer(dist);
return buffer;

Is there any way you could provide your GenerateRandomData class? I am trying to understand how to build a lat/lon line and buffer it. This code is exactly what I needed but cannot figure out how to get past the line
"SimpleFeature feature = GenerateRandomData.createSimpleLineFeature(schema);"

shasmag commented Oct 21, 2015

Please provide GenerateRandomData , cannot compile without this class. Please help.

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