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Function to Move a geometry object in SQL Server Spatial

Sunday January 01 2012 at 08:38

Keywordsmove sql server denali spatial geometry polygon linestring point TSQL STMove shift delta

A T-Sql based function for moving a Sql Server Spatial geometry object some arbitrary delta or shift.

If you have need for a TSQL based function for moving geometry objects in SQL Server Spatial (Denali is required), here is a function you might find useful.

  1. USE [GISDB] -- Change this to your database
  2. GO
  3. -- Function: Move
  4. --
  5. CREATE FUNCTION dbo.STMove(@p_geometry  geometry,
  6.                          @p_dX        FLOAT,
  7.                          @p_dY        FLOAT,
  8.                          @p_dZ        FLOAT,
  9.                          @p_dM        FLOAT,
  10.                          @p_round_x   INT = 3,
  11.                          @p_round_y   INT = 3,
  12.                          @p_round_z   INT = 2,
  13.                          @p_round_m   INT = 2)
  14. RETURNS geometry
  15. BEGIN
  16.   DECLARE
  17.      @v_coord          INT = 0,
  18.      @v_rows           INT = 0,
  19.      @v_wkt            VARCHAR(MAX) = '',
  20.      @v_token          VARCHAR(MAX),
  21.      @v_delim          VARCHAR(MAX),
  22.      @v_geometry       geometry,
  23.      @v_x              FLOAT = 0.0,
  24.      @v_y              FLOAT = 0.0,
  25.      @v_z              FLOAT = NULL,
  26.      @v_m              FLOAT = NULL;
  27.   BEGIN
  28.     IF ( @p_geometry IS NULL )
  29.       RETURN NULL;
  30.     IF ( @p_dX IS NULL AND @p_dY IS NULL AND @p_dZ IS NULL AND @p_dM IS NULL )
  31.        RETURN CAST('One of deltas X,Y,Z and M must not be NULL.' AS VARCHAR(MAX)); -- geometry);
  32.     SET @v_coord = 0;
  33.     SET @v_rows  = 0;
  35.       SELECT t.token, t.separator
  36.         FROM dbo.Tokenizer(@p_geometry.AsTextZM(),' ,()') AS t;
  37.     OPEN Tokens;
  38.     FETCH NEXT FROM Tokens INTO @v_token, @v_delim;
  39.     WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
  40.     BEGIN
  41.        IF ( @v_token IS NULL )  -- double delimiter
  42.        BEGIN
  43.           SET @v_wkt = @v_wkt + @v_delim
  44.        END
  45.        ELSE
  46.        BEGIN
  47.           IF ( @v_token NOT LIKE '[-0-9]%' )
  48.           BEGIN
  49.              SET @v_wkt = @v_wkt + @v_token + LTRIM(@v_delim)
  50.           END
  51.           ELSE -- @v_token LIKE '[0-9]%' )  
  52.           BEGIN
  53.              SET @v_coord = @v_coord + 1;
  54.              IF ( @v_coord = 1 ) SET @v_x = CAST(@v_token AS FLOAT)
  55.              IF ( @v_coord = 2 ) SET @v_y = CAST(@v_token AS FLOAT)
  56.              IF ( @v_coord = 3 ) SET @v_z = CAST(@v_token AS FLOAT)
  57.              IF ( @v_coord = 4 ) SET @v_m = CAST(@v_token AS FLOAT)
  58.              IF ( @v_delim IN (',',')') )
  59.              BEGIN
  60.                 SET @v_wkt = @v_wkt +
  61.                    LTRIM(STR(round(@v_x + @p_dX, @p_round_x),24,@p_round_x)) + ' ' +
  62.                    LTRIM(STR(round(@v_y + @p_dY, @p_round_y),24,@p_round_y)) +
  63.                    CASE WHEN @v_z IS NULL THEN '' ELSE ' ' + LTRIM(STR(round(@v_z + @p_dZ, @p_round_z),24,@p_round_z)) END +
  64.                    CASE WHEN @v_m IS NULL THEN '' ELSE ' ' + LTRIM(STR(round(@v_m + @p_dM, @p_round_m),24,@p_round_m)) END + @v_delim;
  65.                 SET @v_coord = 0;
  66.              END;
  67.            END;
  68.        END;
  69.        FETCH NEXT FROM Tokens INTO @v_token, @v_delim;
  70.     END;
  71.     CLOSE Tokens
  72.     DEALLOCATE Tokens
  73.     SET @v_geometry = geometry::STGeomFromText(@v_wkt,@p_geometry.STSrid);
  74.     RETURN @v_geometry;
  75.   END
  76. END
  77. GO

Now for some tests


  1. SELECT geometry::STGeomFromText('POINT(0 0 0)',0).STBuffer(0.5) AS geom
  3. SELECT dbo.STMove(geometry::STGeomFromText('POINT(0 0 0)',0),a.IntValue,b.IntValue,0,NULL,3,3,2,2).STBuffer(0.2) AS geom
  4.   FROM dbo.generate_series(0,10,1) a
  5.        CROSS apply
  6.        dbo.generate_series(1,9,1) b;

The result looks like this:


  1. SELECT dbo.STMove(geometry::STGeomFromText('LINESTRING(0 0, 10 0)',0),5,a.IntValue,NULL,NULL,3,3,2,2).STBuffer(0.05) AS geom
  2.   FROM dbo.generate_series(0,10,1) a;

The result looks like this:

Move rectangle 10,10

  1. SELECT '' AS name, geometry::STGeomFromText('POLYGON((1 1, 1 6, 11 6, 11 1, 1 1))',0) AS geom
  3. SELECT 'Move 10,10' AS name, dbo.STMove(geometry::STGeomFromText('POLYGON((1 1, 1 6, 11 6, 11 1, 1 1))',0),10.0,10.0,NULL,NULL,3,3,2,2) AS geom;

The result looks like this:

Curved polygon

  1. SELECT geometry::STGeomFromText('CURVEPOLYGON(COMPOUNDCURVE(CIRCULARSTRING(9.962 -0.872,10.1 0,9.962 0.872),(9.962 0.872,0 0,9.962 -0.872)))',0).STCurveToLine() AS geom
  3. SELECT dbo.STMove(geometry::STGeomFromText('CURVEPOLYGON(COMPOUNDCURVE(CIRCULARSTRING(9.962 -0.872,10.1 0,9.962 0.872),(9.962 0.872,0 0,9.962 -0.872)))',0),3,3,NULL,NULL,3,3,2,2).STCurveToLine() AS geom;

The result looks like this:

I hope this is of use to someone.If you have need for a TSQL based function for moving geometry objects in SQL Server Spatial (Denali is required), here is a function you might find useful.

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Comment [7]

I’m trying to use your .move function. But I am extracting the coordinate information I want to move the points to from another spatial table. See Below.
ObjectID FacilityID XCoord YCoord
4 249069 502241.815402247 1315553.76328807
1 248846 502336.456289079 1315693.39588282
2 2877237 502119.67227383 1315295.02988166
3 2877289 502760.221517663 1315000.71255691
How would I call your .move function to move points in one table to the coordinates in this table where the ObjectID’s match?

— David Frame · 12 March 2015, 01:34 · #

The STMove function is for use in translating a SQL Server Spatial GEOMETRY object. You don’t have a geometry object. All you have are coordinates stored as numbers in two columns (x and y). If you wish to translate/move the coordinates you can apply the delta x and delta y values directly via an UPDATE statement.

If you wish to match and copy these ordinates to another table you need to do a table join which is not a spatial problem.


— Simon · 12 March 2015, 18:47 · #

Help Simon
This move I can use to create a offset with out a draw a new complete Union feature , like offset pointer for left o right point for a geocoder?

Best regards

— Roberto · 16 December 2016, 20:47 · #

Play with the function with your data.
It should do what you want.
There is a package of TSQL functions including this one for download at this link:



— Simon Greener · 16 December 2016, 21:13 · #

The SQL here is different from the valid SQL for MySQL. How do I convert this into MySQL stored function?
I am new to writing SQL Code in general.

— Divij Sehgal · 19 December 2017, 17:36 · #

If you are willing to make a small donation via my website then I would be willing to create a MySQL version for you.

Please contact me directly: simon at spatialdbadvisor dot com.


— Simon Greener · 19 December 2017, 19:18 · #


I have written a function called ST_Move, and also functions called ST_Rotate and ST_Scale all for MySQL.

Examples can be seen at a new MySQL Blog page that is accessible from the home page.

Also, some documentation can be seen via this link: http://spatialdbadvisor.com/files/MySQL.html

Make a reasonable donation and I will release them to you.


— Simon Greener · 20 December 2017, 19:57 · #