Geographic Functions, any takers?

Ewan Richardson ewan at
Mon Aug 30 18:21:20 CDT 2010

Hi Francis.

Thanks for your reply. Any resources would be greatly appreciated, I can see
an SQL database of locations being very useful. Have already set up a
database of UK lat - longs & towns, postcodes ect, so would be useful to
extend this. If theres enough interest id be happy to allow access to the
database, or a copy for anyone interested.

Spooky that you mention the Haversine formula. Was just prototyping that as
your email bounced in.

function CalculateRiemannDistance thedata
   set the itemdelimiter to comma
   put item 1 of thedata into lat_from
   put item 2 of thedata into long_from
   put item 3 of thedata into lat_to
   put item 4 of thedata into long_to
   put item 5 of thedata into unit
   switch unit
      case "m" -- unit is miles
         put 3963 into unit
      case "n" --unit is nautical miles
         put 3444 into unit
         -- kilometers
         put 6371 into unit
   end switch
   /*** 1 degree = 0.017453292519943 radius ***/
   put converttoRadians(lat_from) into lat_from
   put converttoRadians(long_from) into long_from
   put converttoRadians(lat_to) into lat_to
   put converttoRadians(long_to) into long_to
   /*** apply the Great Circle Distance Formula ***/
put sin($lat_from) * sin($lat_to) + cos($lat_from) * cos($lat_to) *
cos($long_from - $long_to) into dist

return dist
end CalculateRiemannDistance

The world is indeed getting smaller!


-----Original Message-----
From: use-revolution-bounces at
[mailto:use-revolution-bounces at] On Behalf Of Francis Nugent
Sent: 30 August 2010 22:28
To: use-revolution at
Subject: Geographic Functions, any takers?

Hi from Beautiful Brittany.

Ewan wrote :

> Compute true course and distance between points.

I don't know if I have something which may solve part of your problems.

I travelled a lot, before retiring, and always kept a note of cities
visited, and stopovers on the way. I decided, one day to feed all of my data
into a TRAVEL stack, to see how far I had really travelled (finally, more
than 2 million klicks).
I picked uf a file on the internet with position co-ordinates of 10,000
cities in the world, and than converted these co-ordinates to Lat/Long in
radians.  Then with a Haversine formula, I can calculate the distance
between any two cities in the world (in km.), with up to 6 stopovers.

example : Paris-Lisbon-Rio-London-Paris.

You can, of course, feed in co-ordinates of any point on the globe, of any
small town not in the list of 10,000 !

If my calculations are of use, just shout !.

Best Regards,


"Nothing should ever be done for the first time !"

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