[Osmlib-devel] Measuring the length of a way

Frankie Roberto frankie at frankieroberto.com
Mon Jun 29 04:58:45 EDT 2009

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 7:17 AM, Jochen Topf <jochen at remote.org> wrote:

> Thought I'd post a quick problem I'm trying to solve here, in case you can
> > help point me at a solution.  Given a way retrieved from OSM, what would
> be
> > the best way of calculating its total length (in say, metres or
> > kilometres)?  Does this formula look like the right one?:
> >
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27928/how-do-i-calculate-distance-between-two-latitude-longitude-points
> Haven't checked the formula, but "great-circle distance" and "Haversine"
> formula, are definitely right.

Thanks. Will investigate further.

> > Second question: any chance we could include this method in the gem? :-)
> osmlib is for OSM related stuff, calculating great-circle distance or other
> geometry functions should probably go into a geo library such as GeoRuby.

Fair point. I'll check out what existing Ruby geo gems there are out there.


Frankie Roberto
Experience Designer, Rattle
0114 2706977
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