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SQL Anywhere 17 » SQL Anywhere Server - Spatial Data Support » Spatial types and functions » ST_Geometry type

ST_Covers method

Tests if a geometry value spatially covers another geometry value.

Name Type Description



The other geometry value that is to be compared to the geometry-expression.

  • BIT

    Returns 1 if the geometry-expression covers geo2, otherwise 0.


The ST_Covers method tests if the geometry-expression completely covers geo2. geometry-expression.ST_Covers( geo2 ) is equivalent to geo2.ST_CoveredBy( geometry-expression ).

This predicate is similar to ST_Contains except for one subtle difference. The ST_Contains predicate requires that one or more interior points of geo2 lie in the interior of the geometry-expression. For ST_Covers(), the method returns 1 if no point of geo2 lies outside of the geometry-expression. Also, ST_Covers can be used with geometries in round-Earth spatial reference systems, while ST_Contains cannot.

Note If the geometry-expression contains circularstrings, then these are interpolated to line strings.
  • SQL/MM (ISO/IEC 13249-3: 2006)

    Not in the standard.


The following example tests if a polygon covers a point. The polygon completely covers the point so the example returns 1.

SELECT NEW ST_Polygon( 'Polygon(( 0 0, 2 0, 1 2, 0 0 ))' )
	.ST_Covers( NEW ST_Point( 1, 1 ) )

The following example tests if a polygon covers a line. The polygon completely covers the line so the example returns 1. If ST_Contains was used in place of ST_Covers, ST_Contains would return 0.

SELECT NEW ST_Polygon( 'Polygon(( 0 0, 2 0, 1 2, 0 0 ))' )
	.ST_Covers( NEW ST_LineString( 'LineString( 0 0, 1 0 )' ) )

The following example lists the ShapeIDs where the given polygon covers each Shape geometry. This example returns the result 1,16,17,19,26. ShapeID 1 is listed even though the polygon intersects that row's Shape point only at the polygon's boundary.

FROM SpatialShapes
WHERE NEW ST_Polygon( NEW ST_Point( 0, 0 ), 
                      NEW ST_Point( 8, 2 ) ).ST_Covers( Shape ) = 1