Creates offset parallel lines on either side of linear features.
- Creating parallel lines to the left, right, or both sides of a linear feature
How does it work?
The OffsetCurveGenerator takes in line features and creates new lines on either side of the original. These new lines are placed at a specified Offset distance from the original, on the left and right-hand sides. There is a choice of how corners are created - round, mitered, or beveled.
The new offset lines are output as Right and Left, according to the orientation of the original feature.
In this example, we will create offset lines on either side of a rapid transit line. The original feature is a single line.
The line is routed into the Lines input port.
In the parameters dialog, we set the Offset to 100, which will create the new offset lines 100 meters away from the original feature (which is in a UTM projection, ground units in meters). The Corner Style chosen is Round.
Two new lines are output from the transformer - one on the left side of the original line (shown in green), and one on the right (shown in red).
In a scenario where only one side is needed (left or right), simply disregard the unneeded output port.
Offset curves will be built in 2D from linear features. Self intersecting lines are not supported, and may produce unpredictable results. Other types of geometry will be output through the <Rejected> port.
Each point in the output curve will be the specified offset, measured in ground units, away from the input linear geometry. The output ports Left and Right will produce offset curves on either side of the linear geometry.
Features without line geometry are output through this port along with an additional attribute, fme_rejection_code, to indicate the reason for rejection.
Rejected Feature Handling: can be set to either terminate the translation or continue running when it encounters a rejected feature. This setting is available both as a default FME option and as a workspace parameter.
|Offset||This parameter, measures in ground units, specifies the distance by which the output curve is offset from the input curve.|
As the diagrams below illustrate, the corner styles of the offset curves can be Round (default), Bevel (chopped), or Miter (pointed). If Miter is used, a limit must be specified using the Miter Limit parameter. If a corner is too pointed for the miter limit, the corner will instead be bevelled.
This parameter, measured in degrees, controls the smoothness of the stroked arcs in the output offset curve. As this parameter decreases in value, the smoothness of the arc connectors increases. The specified value must be between 0 and 90 degrees.
This parameter controls how pointed a buffered corner can be before it is beveled. It is the highest value that the ratio of corner distance to offset is allowed to have before truncation occurs. A higher number allows for more extreme corner angles.
Miter Ratio = Corner distance / Offset
Editing Transformer Parameters
Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.
There are several ways to define a value for use in a Transformer. The simplest is to simply type in a value or string, which can include functions of various types such as attribute references, math and string functions, and workspace parameters. There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can assist in constructing values, generally available from the drop-down context menu adjacent to the value field.
Using the Text Editor
The Text Editor provides a convenient way to construct text strings (including regular expressions) from various data sources, such as attributes, parameters, and constants, where the result is used directly inside a parameter.
Using the Arithmetic Editor
The Arithmetic Editor provides a convenient way to construct math expressions from various data sources, such as attributes, parameters, and feature functions, where the result is used directly inside a parameter.
Set values depending on one or more test conditions that either pass or fail.
Expressions and strings can include a number of functions, characters, parameters, and more.
When setting values - whether entered directly in a parameter or constructed using one of the editors - strings and expressions containing String, Math, Date/Time or FME Feature Functions will have those functions evaluated. Therefore, the names of these functions (in the form @<function_name>) should not be used as literal string values.
|These functions manipulate and format strings.|
|A set of control characters is available in the Text Editor.|
|Math functions are available in both editors.|
|Date/Time Functions||Date and time functions are available in the Text Editor.|
|These operators are available in the Arithmetic Editor.|
|These return primarily feature-specific values.|
|FME and workspace-specific parameters may be used.|
|Creating and Modifying User Parameters||Create your own editable parameters.|
Dialog Options - Tables
Transformers with table-style parameters have additional tools for populating and manipulating values.
Enabled once you have clicked on a row item. Choices include:
Cut, Copy, and Paste
Enabled once you have clicked on a row item. Choices include:
Cut, copy, and paste may be used within a transformer, or between transformers.
|Start typing a string, and the matrix will only display rows matching those characters. Searches all columns. This only affects the display of attributes within the transformer - it does not alter which attributes are output.|
|Import populates the table with a set of new attributes read from a dataset. Specific application varies between transformers.|
Generally resets the table to its initial state, and may provide additional options to remove invalid entries. Behavior varies between transformers.
Note: Not all tools are available in all transformers.
|FME Licensing Level||FME Base Edition and above|
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