Oracle Spatial consists of a set of object data types, type methods, and operators, functions, and procedures that use these types. A geometry is stored as an object, in a single row, in a column of type SDO_GEOMETRY. Spatial index creation and maintenance is done using basic DDL (CREATE, ALTER, DROP) and DML (INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE) statements.
This chapter starts with a simple example that inserts, indexes, and queries spatial data. You may find it helpful to read this example quickly before you examine the detailed data type and metadata information later in the chapter.
This chapter contains the following major sections:
This section presents a simple example of creating a spatial table, inserting data, creating the spatial index, and performing spatial queries. It refers to concepts that were explained in Chapter 1 and that will be explained in other sections of this chapter.
The scenario is a soft drink manufacturer that has identified geographical areas of marketing interest for several products (colas). The colas could be those produced by the company or by its competitors, or some combination. Each area of interest could represent any userdefined criterion: for example, an area where that cola has the majority market share, or where the cola is under competitive pressure, or where the cola is believed to have significant growth potential. Each area could be a neighborhood in a city, or a part of a state, province, or country.
Figure 21 shows the areas of interest for four colas.
Figure 21 Areas of Interest for the Simple Example
Example 21 performs the following operations:
Creates a table (COLA_MARKETS) to hold the spatial data
Inserts rows for four areas of interest (cola_a
, cola_b
, cola_c
, cola_d
)
Updates the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view to reflect the dimensional information for the areas
Creates a spatial index (COLA_SPATIAL_IDX)
Performs some spatial queries
Many concepts and techniques in Example 21 are explained in detail in other sections of this chapter.
Example 21 Simple Example: Inserting, Indexing, and Querying Spatial Data
 Create a table for cola (soft drink) markets in a  given geography (such as city or state).  Each row will be an area of interest for a specific  cola (for example, where the cola is most preferred  by residents, where the manufacturer believes the  cola has growth potential, and so on).  (For restrictions on spatial table and column names, see  Section 2.8.1 and Section 2.8.2.) CREATE TABLE cola_markets ( mkt_id NUMBER PRIMARY KEY, name VARCHAR2(32), shape SDO_GEOMETRY);  The next INSERT statement creates an area of interest for  Cola A. This area happens to be a rectangle.  The area could represent any userdefined criterion: for  example, where Cola A is the preferred drink, where  Cola A is under competitive pressure, where Cola A  has strong growth potential, and so on. INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 1, 'cola_a', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1003,3),  one rectangle (1003 = exterior) SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(1,1, 5,7)  only 2 points needed to  define rectangle (lower left and upper right) with  Cartesiancoordinate data ) );  The next two INSERT statements create areas of interest for  Cola B and Cola C. These areas are simple polygons (but not  rectangles). INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 2, 'cola_b', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1003,1),  one polygon (exterior polygon ring) SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(5,1, 8,1, 8,6, 5,7, 5,1) ) ); INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 3, 'cola_c', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1003,1),  one polygon (exterior polygon ring) SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(3,3, 6,3, 6,5, 4,5, 3,3) ) );  Now insert an area of interest for Cola D. This is a  circle with a radius of 2. It is completely outside the  first three areas of interest. INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 4, 'cola_d', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1003,4),  one circle SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(8,7, 10,9, 8,11) ) );   UPDATE METADATA VIEW    Update the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view. This is required  before the Spatial index can be created. Do this only once for each  layer (that is, tablecolumn combination; here: COLA_MARKETS and SHAPE). INSERT INTO user_sdo_geom_metadata (TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME, DIMINFO, SRID) VALUES ( 'cola_markets', 'shape', SDO_DIM_ARRAY(  20X20 grid SDO_DIM_ELEMENT('X', 0, 20, 0.005), SDO_DIM_ELEMENT('Y', 0, 20, 0.005) ), NULL  SRID );   CREATE THE SPATIAL INDEX   CREATE INDEX cola_spatial_idx ON cola_markets(shape) INDEXTYPE IS MDSYS.SPATIAL_INDEX;  Preceding statement created an Rtree index.   PERFORM SOME SPATIAL QUERIES    Return the topological intersection of two geometries. SELECT SDO_GEOM.SDO_INTERSECTION(c_a.shape, c_c.shape, 0.005) FROM cola_markets c_a, cola_markets c_c WHERE c_a.name = 'cola_a' AND c_c.name = 'cola_c';  Do two geometries have any spatial relationship? SELECT SDO_GEOM.RELATE(c_b.shape, 'anyinteract', c_d.shape, 0.005) FROM cola_markets c_b, cola_markets c_d WHERE c_b.name = 'cola_b' AND c_d.name = 'cola_d';  Return the areas of all cola markets. SELECT name, SDO_GEOM.SDO_AREA(shape, 0.005) FROM cola_markets;  Return the area of just cola_a. SELECT c.name, SDO_GEOM.SDO_AREA(c.shape, 0.005) FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_a';  Return the distance between two geometries. SELECT SDO_GEOM.SDO_DISTANCE(c_b.shape, c_d.shape, 0.005) FROM cola_markets c_b, cola_markets c_d WHERE c_b.name = 'cola_b' AND c_d.name = 'cola_d';  Is a geometry valid? SELECT c.name, SDO_GEOM.VALIDATE_GEOMETRY_WITH_CONTEXT(c.shape, 0.005) FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_c';  Is a layer valid? (First, create the results table.) CREATE TABLE val_results (sdo_rowid ROWID, result VARCHAR2(2000)); CALL SDO_GEOM.VALIDATE_LAYER_WITH_CONTEXT('COLA_MARKETS', 'SHAPE', 'VAL_RESULTS', 2); SELECT * from val_results;
With Spatial, the geometric description of a spatial object is stored in a single row, in a single column of object type SDO_GEOMETRY in a userdefined table. Any table that has a column of type SDO_GEOMETRY must have another column, or set of columns, that defines a unique primary key for that table. Tables of this sort are sometimes referred to as spatial tables or spatial geometry tables.
Oracle Spatial defines the object type SDO_GEOMETRY as:
CREATE TYPE sdo_geometry AS OBJECT ( SDO_GTYPE NUMBER, SDO_SRID NUMBER, SDO_POINT SDO_POINT_TYPE, SDO_ELEM_INFO SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY, SDO_ORDINATES SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY);
Oracle Spatial also defines the SDO_POINT_TYPE, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY, and SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY types, which are used in the SDO_GEOMETRY type definition, as follows:
CREATE TYPE sdo_point_type AS OBJECT ( X NUMBER, Y NUMBER, Z NUMBER); CREATE TYPE sdo_elem_info_array AS VARRAY (1048576) of NUMBER; CREATE TYPE sdo_ordinate_array AS VARRAY (1048576) of NUMBER;
Because the maximum SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY size is 1,048,576 numbers, the maximum number of vertices in an SDO_GEOMETRY object depends on the number of dimensions per vertex: 524,288 for two dimensions, 349,525 for three dimensions, and 262,144 for four dimensions.
The sections that follow describe the semantics of each SDO_GEOMETRY attribute, and then describe some usage considerations (Section 2.2.6).
The SDO_GEOMETRY object type has methods that provide convenient access to some of the attributes. These methods are described in Section 2.3.
Some Spatial data types are described in locations other than this section:
Section 11.2 describes data types for geocoding.
Oracle Spatial GeoRaster Developer's Guide describes data types for Oracle Spatial GeoRaster.
Oracle Spatial Topology and Network Data Models Developer's Guide describes data types for the Oracle Spatial topology data model.
The SDO_GTYPE attribute indicates the type of the geometry. Valid geometry types correspond to those specified in the Geometry Object Model for the OGIS Simple Features for SQL specification (with the exception of Surfaces). The numeric values differ from those given in the OGIS specification, but there is a direct correspondence between the names and semantics where applicable.
The SDO_GTYPE value is 4 digits in the format DLTT, where:
D identifies the number of dimensions (2, 3, or 4)
L identifies the linear referencing measure dimension for a threedimensional linear referencing system (LRS) geometry, that is, which dimension (3 or 4) contains the measure value. For a nonLRS geometry, or to accept the Spatial default of the last dimension as the measure for an LRS geometry, specify 0. For information about the linear referencing system (LRS), see Chapter 7.
TT identifies the geometry type (00 through 09, with 10 through 99 reserved for future use).
Table 21 shows the valid SDO_GTYPE values. The Geometry Type and Description values reflect the OGIS specification.
Table 21 Valid SDO_GTYPE Values
Value  Geometry Type  Description 

DL00 
UNKNOWN_GEOMETRY 
Spatial ignores this geometry. 
DL01 
POINT 
Geometry contains one point. 
DL02 
LINE or CURVE 
Geometry contains one line string that can contain straight or circular arc segments, or both. (LINE and CURVE are synonymous in this context.) 
DL03 
POLYGON or SURFACE 
Geometry contains one polygon with or without holes,^{Foot 1 } or one surface consisting of one or more polygons. In a threedimensional polygon, all points must be on the same plane. 
DL04 
COLLECTION 
Geometry is a heterogeneous collection of elements. COLLECTION is a superset that includes all other types. 
DL05 
MULTIPOINT 
Geometry has one or more points. (MULTIPOINT is a superset of POINT.) 
DL06 
MULTILINE or MULTICURVE 
Geometry has one or more line strings. (MULTILINE and MULTICURVE are synonymous in this context, and each is a superset of both LINE and CURVE.) 
DL07 
MULTIPOLYGON or MULTISURFACE 
Geometry can have multiple, disjoint polygons (more than one exterior boundary). or surfaces (MULTIPOLYGON is a superset of POLYGON, and MULTISURFACE is a superset of SURFACE.) 
DL08 
SOLID 
Geometry consists of multiple surfaces and is completely enclosed in a threedimensional space. Can be a cuboid or a frustum. 
DL09 
MULTISOLID 
Geometry can have multiple, disjoint solids (more than one exterior boundary). (MULTISOLID is a superset of SOLID.) 
^{Footnote 1 }For a polygon with holes, enter the exterior boundary first, followed by any interior boundaries.
The D in the Value column of Table 21 is the number of dimensions: 2, 3, or 4. For example, an SDO_GTYPE value of 2003 indicates a twodimensional polygon. The number of dimensions reflects the number of ordinates used to represent each vertex (for example, X,Y for twodimensional objects).
In any given layer (column), all geometries must have the same number of dimensions. For example, you cannot mix twodimensional and threedimensional data in the same layer.
The following methods are available for returning the individual DLTT components of the SDO_GTYPE for a geometry object: Get_Dims, Get_LRS_Dim, and Get_Gtype. These methods are described in Section 2.3.
For more information about SDO_GTYPE values for threedimensional geometries, see Table 11 in Section 1.11.
The SDO_SRID attribute can be used to identify a coordinate system (spatial reference system) to be associated with the geometry. If SDO_SRID is null, no coordinate system is associated with the geometry. If SDO_SRID is not null, it must contain a value from the SRID column of the SDO_COORD_REF_SYS table (described in Section 6.7.9), and this value must be inserted into the SRID column of the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view (described in Section 2.8).
All geometries in a geometry column must have the same SDO_SRID value if a spatial index will be built on that column.
For information about coordinate systems, see Chapter 6.
The SDO_POINT attribute is defined using the SDO_POINT_TYPE object type, which has the attributes X, Y, and Z, all of type NUMBER. (The SDO_POINT_TYPE definition is shown in Section 2.2.) If the SDO_ELEM_INFO and SDO_ORDINATES arrays are both null, and the SDO_POINT attribute is nonnull, then the X, Y, and Z values are considered to be the coordinates for a point geometry. Otherwise, the SDO_POINT attribute is ignored by Spatial. You should store point geometries in the SDO_POINT attribute for optimal storage; and if you have only point geometries in a layer, it is strongly recommended that you store the point geometries in the SDO_POINT attribute.
Section 2.7.5 illustrates a point geometry and provides examples of inserting and querying point geometries.
Note:
Do not use the SDO_POINT attribute in defining a linear referencing system (LRS) point or an oriented point. For information about LRS, see Chapter 7. For information about oriented points, see Section 2.7.6.The SDO_ELEM_INFO attribute is defined using a varying length array of numbers. This attribute lets you know how to interpret the ordinates stored in the SDO_ORDINATES attribute (described in Section 2.2.5).
Each triplet set of numbers is interpreted as follows:
SDO_STARTING_OFFSET  Indicates the offset within the SDO_ORDINATES array where the first ordinate for this element is stored. Offset values start at 1 and not at 0. Thus, the first ordinate for the first element will be at SDO_GEOMETRY.SDO_ORDINATES(1). If there is a second element, its first ordinate will be at SDO_GEOMETRY.SDO_ORDINATES(n), where n reflects the position within the SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY definition (for example, 19 for the 19th number, as in Figure 24 in Section 2.7.2).
SDO_ETYPE  Indicates the type of the element. Valid values are shown in Table 22.
SDO_ETYPE values 1, 2, 1003, and 2003 are considered simple elements. They are defined by a single triplet entry in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array. For SDO_ETYPE values 1003 and 2003, the first digit indicates exterior (1) or interior (2):
1003: exterior polygon ring (must be specified in counterclockwise order)
2003: interior polygon ring (must be specified in clockwise order)
Note:
The use of 3 as an SDO_ETYPE value for polygon ring elements in a single geometry is discouraged. You should specify 3 only if you do not know if the simple polygon is exterior or interior, and you should then upgrade the table or layer to the current format using the SDO_MIGRATE.TO_CURRENT procedure, described in Chapter 26.You cannot mix 1digit and 4digit SDO_ETYPE values in a single geometry.
SDO_ETYPE values 4, 1005, 2005, 1006, and 2006 are considered compound elements. They contain at least one header triplet with a series of triplet values that belong to the compound element. For 4digit SDO_ETYPE values, the first digit indicates exterior (1) or interior (2):
1005: exterior polygon ring (must be specified in counterclockwise order)
2005: interior polygon ring (must be specified in clockwise order)
1006: exterior surface consisting of one or more polygon rings
2006: interior surface in a solid element
The elements of a compound element are contiguous. The last point of a subelement in a compound element is the first point of the next subelement. The point is not repeated.
SDO_INTERPRETATION  Means one of two things, depending on whether or not SDO_ETYPE is a compound element.
If SDO_ETYPE is a compound element (4, 1005, or 2005), this field specifies how many subsequent triplet values are part of the element.
If the SDO_ETYPE is not a compound element (1, 2, 1003, or 2003), the interpretation attribute determines how the sequence of ordinates for this element is interpreted. For example, a line string or polygon boundary may be made up of a sequence of connected straight line segments or circular arcs.
Descriptions of valid SDO_ETYPE and SDO_INTERPRETATION value pairs are given in Table 22.
If a geometry consists of more than one element, then the last ordinate for an element is always one less than the starting offset for the next element. The last element in the geometry is described by the ordinates from its starting offset to the end of the SDO_ORDINATES varying length array.
For compound elements (SDO_ETYPE values 4, 1005, or 2005), a set of n triplets (one for each subelement) is used to describe the element. It is important to remember that subelements of a compound element are contiguous. The last point of a subelement is the first point of the next subelement. For subelements 1 through n1, the end point of one subelement is the same as the starting point of the next subelement. The starting point for subelements 2...n2 is the same as the end point of subelement 1...n1. The last ordinate of subelement n is either the starting offset minus 1 of the next element in the geometry, or the last ordinate in the SDO_ORDINATES varying length array.
The current size of a varying length array can be determined by using the function varray_variable.Count in PL/SQL or OCICollSize in the Oracle Call Interface (OCI).
The semantics of each SDO_ETYPE element and the relationship between the SDO_ELEM_INFO and SDO_ORDINATES varying length arrays for each of these SDO_ETYPE elements are given in Table 22.
Table 22 Values and Semantics in SDO_ELEM_INFO
SDO_ETYPE  SDO_INTERPRETATION  Meaning 

0 
(any numeric value) 
Type 0 (zero) element. Used to model geometry types not supported by Oracle Spatial. For more information, see Section 2.7.7. 
1 
1 
Point type. 
1 
0 
Orientation for an oriented point. For more information, see Section 2.7.6. 
1 
n > 1 
Point cluster with n points. 
2 
1 
Line string whose vertices are connected by straight line segments. 
2 
2 
Line string made up of a connected sequence of circular arcs. Each circular arc is described using three coordinates: the start point of the arc, any point on the arc, and the end point of the arc. The coordinates for a point designating the end of one arc and the start of the next arc are not repeated. For example, five coordinates are used to describe a line string made up of two connected circular arcs. Points 1, 2, and 3 define the first arc, and points 3, 4, and 5 define the second arc, where point 3 is only stored once. 
1003 or 2003 
1 
Simple polygon whose vertices are connected by straight line segments. You must specify a point for each vertex; and the last point specified must be exactly the same point as the first (within the tolerance value), to close the polygon. For example, for a 4sided polygon, specify 5 points, with point 5 the same as point 1. 
1003 or 2003 
2 
Polygon made up of a connected sequence of circular arcs that closes on itself. The end point of the last arc is the same as the start point of the first arc. Each circular arc is described using three coordinates: the start point of the arc, any point on the arc, and the end point of the arc. The coordinates for a point designating the end of one arc and the start of the next arc are not repeated. For example, five coordinates are used to describe a polygon made up of two connected circular arcs. Points 1, 2, and 3 define the first arc, and points 3, 4, and 5 define the second arc. The coordinates for points 1 and 5 must be the same (tolerance is not considered), and point 3 is not repeated. 
1003 or 2003 
3 
Rectangle type (sometimes called optimized rectangle). A bounding rectangle such that only two points, the lowerleft and the upperright, are required to describe it. The rectangle type can be used with geodetic or nongeodetic data. However, with geodetic data, use this type only to create a query window (not for storing objects in the database). For information about using this type with geodetic data, including examples, see Section 6.2.4. For information about creating threedimensional optimized rectangles, see Section 1.11.3. 
1003 or 2003 
4 
Circle type. Described by three distinct noncolinear points, all on the circumference of the circle. 
4 
n > 1 
Compound line string with some vertices connected by straight line segments and some by circular arcs. The value n in the Interpretation column specifies the number of contiguous subelements that make up the line string. The next n triplets in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array describe each of these subelements. The subelements can only be of SDO_ETYPE 2. The last point of a subelement is the first point of the next subelement, and must not be repeated. See Section 2.7.3 and Figure 25 for an example of a compound line string geometry. 
1005 or 2005 
n > 1 
Compound polygon with some vertices connected by straight line segments and some by circular arcs. The value n in the Interpretation column specifies the number of contiguous subelements that make up the polygon. The next n triplets in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array describe each of these subelements. The subelements can only be of SDO_ETYPE 2. The end point of a subelement is the start point of the next subelement, and it must not be repeated. The start and end points of the polygon must be exactly the same point (tolerance is ignored). See Section 2.7.4 and Figure 26 for an example of a compound polygon geometry. 
1006 or 2006 
n > 1 
Surface consisting of one or more polygons, with each edge shared by no more than two polygons. A surface contains an area but not a volume. The value n in the Interpretation column specifies the number of polygons that make up the surface. The next n triplets in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array describe each of these polygon subelements. A surface must be threedimensional. For an explanation of threedimensional support in Spatial, see Section 1.11. 
1007 
n = 1 or 3 
Solid consisting of multiple surfaces that are completely enclosed in a threedimensional space, so that the solid has an interior volume. A solid element can have one exterior surface defined by the 1006 elements and zero or more interior boundaries defined by the 2006 elements. The value n in the Interpretation column must be 1 or 3. Subsequent triplets in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array describe the exterior 1006 and optional interior 2006 surfaces that make up the solid element. If n is 3, the solid is an optimized box, such that only two threedimensional points are required to define it: one with minimum values for the box in the X, Y, and Z dimensions and another with maximum values for the box in the X, Y, and Z dimensions. For example: For an explanation of threedimensional support in Spatial, see Section 1.11. 
The SDO_ORDINATES attribute is defined using a varying length array (1048576) of NUMBER type that stores the coordinate values that make up the boundary of a spatial object. This array must always be used in conjunction with the SDO_ELEM_INFO varying length array. The values in the array are ordered by dimension. For example, a polygon whose boundary has four twodimensional points is stored as {X1, Y1, X2, Y2, X3, Y3, X4, Y4, X1, Y1}. If the points are threedimensional, then they are stored as {X1, Y1, Z1, X2, Y2, Z2, X3, Y3, Z3, X4, Y4, Z4, X1, Y1, Z1}. The number of dimensions associated with each point is stored as metadata in the xxx_SDO_GEOM_METADATA views, described in Section 2.8.
The values in the SDO_ORDINATES array must all be valid and nonnull. There are no special values used to delimit elements in a multielement geometry. The start and end points for the sequence describing a specific element are determined by the STARTING_OFFSET values for that element and the next element in the SDO_ELEM_INFO array, as explained in Section 2.2.4. The offset values start at 1. SDO_ORDINATES(1) is the first ordinate of the first point of the first element.
You should use the SDO_GTYPE values as shown in Table 21; however, Spatial does not check or enforce all geometry consistency constraints. Spatial does check the following:
For SDO_GTYPE values d001 and d005, any subelement not of SDO_ETYPE 1 is ignored.
For SDO_GTYPE values d002 and d006, any subelement not of SDO_ETYPE 2 or 4 is ignored.
For SDO_GTYPE values d003 and d007, any subelement not of SDO_ETYPE 3 or 5 is ignored. (This includes SDO_ETYPE variants 1003, 2003, 1005, and 2005, which are explained in Section 2.2.4).
The SDO_GEOM.VALIDATE_GEOMETRY_WITH_CONTEXT function can be used to evaluate the consistency of a single geometry object or of all geometry objects in a specified feature table.
The SDO_GEOMETRY object type (described in Section 2.2) has methods (member functions) that retrieve information about a geometry object. Table 23 lists these methods.
Table 23 SDO_GEOMETRY Methods
Name  Returns  Description 

NUMBER 
Returns the number of dimensions of a geometry object, as specified in its SDO_GTYPE value. In Oracle Spatial, the Get_Dims and ST_CoordDim methods return the same result. 

NUMBER 
Returns the geometry type of a geometry object, as specified in its SDO_GTYPE value. 

NUMBER 
Returns the measure dimension of an LRS geometry object, as specified in its SDO_GTYPE value. A return value of 0 indicates that the geometry is a standard (nonLRS) geometry, or is an LRS geometry in the format before release 9.0.1 and with measure as the default (last) dimension; 3 indicates that the third dimension contains the measure information; 4 indicates that the fourth dimension contains the measure information. 

BLOB 
Returns the wellknown binary (WKB) format of a geometry object. (The returned object does not include any SRID information.) 

CLOB 
Returns the wellknown text (WKT) format (explained in Section 6.8.1.1) of a geometry object. (The returned object does not include any SRID information.) 

NUMBER 
Returns the coordinate dimension (as defined by the ISO/IEC SQL Multimedia standard) of a geometry object. In Oracle Spatial, the Get_Dims and ST_CoordDim methods return the same result. 

NUMBER 
Returns 0 if a geometry object is invalid or 1 if it is valid. (The ISO/IEC SQL Multimedia standard uses the term well formed for valid in this context.) This method uses 0.001 as the tolerance value. (Tolerance is explained in Section 1.5.5.) To specify a different tolerance value or to learn more about why a geometry is invalid, use the SDO_GEOM.VALIDATE_GEOMETRY_WITH_CONTEXT function, which is documented in Chapter 24. 
Example 22 shows most of the SDO_GEOMETRY methods. (The Get_WKB method is not included because its output cannot be displayed by SQL*Plus.)
Example 22 SDO_GEOMETRY Methods
SELECT c.shape.Get_Dims() FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b'; C.SHAPE.GET_DIMS()  2 SELECT c.shape.Get_GType() FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b'; C.SHAPE.GET_GTYPE()  3 SELECT a.route_geometry.Get_LRS_Dim() FROM lrs_routes a WHERE a.route_id = 1; A.ROUTE_GEOMETRY.GET_LRS_DIM()  3 SELECT c.shape.Get_WKT() FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b'; C.SHAPE.GET_WKT()  POLYGON ((5.0 1.0, 8.0 1.0, 8.0 6.0, 5.0 7.0, 5.0 1.0)) SELECT c.shape.ST_CoordDim() FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b'; C.SHAPE.ST_COORDDIM()  2 SELECT c.shape.ST_IsValid() FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b'; C.SHAPE.ST_ISVALID()  1
The SDO_GEOMETRY object type (described in Section 2.2) has constructors that create a geometry object from a wellknown text (WKT) string in CLOB or VARCHAR2 format, or from a wellknown binary (WKB) object in BLOB format. The following constructor formats are available:
SDO_GEOMETRY(wkt CLOB, srid NUMBER DEFAULT NULL); SDO_GEOMETRY(wkt VARCHAR2, srid NUMBER DEFAULT NULL); SDO_GEOMETRY(wkb BLOB, srid NUMBER DEFAULT NULL);
If the created geometry is inserted into a table, the SRID value used with the constructor must match the SDO_SRID value of the geometries in the table.
The following simple example constructs a point geometry using a wellknown text string. (In a WKT, spaces separate ordinates of a vertex, and commas separate vertices.)
SELECT SDO_GEOMETRY('POINT(79 37)') FROM DUAL; SDO_GEOMETRY('POINT(7937)')(SDO_GTYPE, SDO_SRID, SDO_POINT(X, Y, Z), SDO_ELEM_I  SDO_GEOMETRY(2001, NULL, SDO_POINT_TYPE(79, 37, NULL), NULL, NULL)
Example 23 shows SDO_GEOMETRY constructors that create geometry objects, insert the objects into a table, and display the objects that were added to the table.
Example 23 SDO_GEOMETRY Constructors to Create Geometries
DECLARE cola_b_wkb BLOB; cola_b_wkt_clob CLOB; cola_b_wkt_varchar VARCHAR2(255); cola_b_geom SDO_GEOMETRY; BEGIN  Get cola_b geometry into CLOB, VARCHAR2, and BLOB objects,  for use by the constructor. SELECT c.shape.Get_WKT() INTO cola_b_wkt_clob FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b'; cola_b_wkt_varchar := cola_b_wkt_clob; SELECT c.shape.Get_WKB() INTO cola_b_wkb FROM cola_markets c WHERE c.name = 'cola_b';  Use some SDO_GEOMETRY constructors;  insert 3 geometries into the table; display the geometries later. cola_b_geom := SDO_GEOMETRY(cola_b_wkt_clob); INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES (101, 'cola_b_from_clob', cola_b_geom); cola_b_geom := SDO_GEOMETRY(cola_b_wkt_varchar); INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES (102, 'cola_b_from_varchar', cola_b_geom); cola_b_geom := SDO_GEOMETRY(cola_b_wkb); INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES (103, 'cola_b_from_wkb', cola_b_geom); END; / PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.  Display the geometries created using SDO_GEOMETRY constructors.  All three geometries are identical. SELECT name, shape FROM cola_markets WHERE mkt_id > 100; NAME  SHAPE(SDO_GTYPE, SDO_SRID, SDO_POINT(X, Y, Z), SDO_ELEM_INFO, SDO_ORDINATES)  cola_b_from_clob SDO_GEOMETRY(2003, NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1, 1003, 1), SDO_ORDINATE_ARR AY(5, 1, 8, 1, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 1)) cola_b_from_varchar SDO_GEOMETRY(2003, NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1, 1003, 1), SDO_ORDINATE_ARR AY(5, 1, 8, 1, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 1)) cola_b_from_wkb SDO_GEOMETRY(2003, NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1, 1003, 1), SDO_ORDINATE_ARR AY(5, 1, 8, 1, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 1))
This section describes the following object types related to support for triangulated irregular networks (TINs):
SDO_TIN
SDO_TIN_BLK_TYPE
SDO_TIN_BLK
The description of a TIN is stored in a single row, in a single column of object type SDO_TIN in a userdefined table. The object type SDO_TIN is defined as:
CREATE TYPE sdo_tin AS OBJECT (base_table VARCHAR2(70), base_table_col VARCHAR2(1024), tin_id NUMBER. blk_table VARCHAR2(70), ptn_params VARCHAR2(1024), tin_extent SDO_GEOMETRY, tin_tol NUMBER, tin_tot_dimensions NUMBER, tin_domain SDO_ORGSCL_TYPE, tin_break_lines SDO_GEOMETRY, tin_stop_lines SDO_GEOMETRY, tin_void_rgns SDO_GEOMETRY, tin_val_attr_tables SDO_STRING_ARRAY, tin_other_attrs XMLTYPE);
The SDO_TIN type has the attributes shown in Table 24.
Table 24 SDO_TIN Type Attributes
Attribute  Explanation 

BASE_TABLE 
Name of the base table containing a column of type SDO_TIN 
BASE_TABLE_COL 
Name of the column of type SDO_TIN in the base table 
TIN_ID 
ID number for the TIN. (This unique ID number is generated by Spatial. It is unique within the schema for base tables containing a column of type SDO_TIN.) 
BLK_TABLE 
Name of the table that contains information about each block in the TIN. This table contains the columns shown in Table 25. 
PTN_PARAMS 
Parameters for partitioning the TIN 
TIN_EXTENT 
SDO_GEOMETRY object representing the spatial extent of the TIN (the minimum bounding object enclosing all objects in the TIN) 
TIN_TOL 
Tolerance value for objects in the TIN. (For information about spatial tolerance, see Section 1.5.5.) 
TIN_TOT_DIMENSIONS 
Total number of dimensions in the TIN. Includes spatial dimensions and any nonspatial dimensions, up to a maximum total of 9. 
TIN_DOMAIN 
(Not currently used.) 
TIN_BREAK_LINES 
(Not currently used.) 
TIN_STOP_LINES 
(Not currently used.) 
TIN_VOID_RGNS 
(Not currently used.). 
TIN_VAL_ATTR_TABLES 
SDO_STRING_ARRAY object specifying the names of any value attribute tables for the TIN. Type SDO_STRING_ARRAY is defined as 
TIN_OTHER_ATTRS 
XMLTYPE object specifying any other attributes of the TIN 
Figure 22 shows the storage model for TIN data, in which the TIN block table (specified in the BLK_TABLE attribute of the SDO_TIN type) stores the blocks associated with the SDO_TIN object.
The TIN block table contains the columns shown in Table 25.
Table 25 Columns in the TIN Block Table
Column Name  Data Type  Purpose 

BLK_ID 
NUMBER 
ID number of the block. 
BLK_EXTENT 
SDO_GEOMETRY 
Spatial extent of the block. 
BLK_DOMAIN 
SDO_ORGSCL_TYPE 
(Not currently used.) 
PCBLK_MIN_RES 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the minimum resolution level at which the block is visible in a query. The block is retrieved only if the query window intersects the spatial extent of the block and if the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the block intersects the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the query. Usually, lower values mean farther from the view point, and higher values mean closer to the view point. 
PCBLK_MAX_RES 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the maximum resolution level at which the block is visible in a query. The block is retrieved only if the query window intersects the spatial extent of the block and if the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the block intersects the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the query. Usually, lower values mean farther from the view point, and higher values mean closer to the view point. 
NUM_POINTS 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the total number of points in the POINTS BLOB 
NUM_UNSORTED_POINTS 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the number of unsorted points in the POINTS BLOB 
PT_SORT_DIM 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the number of spatial dimensions for the points (2 or 3) 
POINTS 
BLOB 
For point cloud data, BLOB containing the points. Consists of an array of points, with the following information for each point:

TR_LVL 
NUMBER 
(Not currently used.) 
TR_RES 
NUMBER 
(Not currently used.) 
NUM_TRIANGLES 
NUMBER 
Number of triangles in the TRIANGLES BLOB. 
TR_SORT_DIM 
NUMBER 
(Not currently used.) 
TRIANGLES 
BLOB 
BLOB containing the triangles. Consists of an array of triangles for the block:

For each BLOB in the POINTS column of the TIN block table:
The total size is (tdim+1)*8, where tdim is the total dimensionality of each block.
The total size should be less than 5 MB for Oracle Database Release 11.1.0.6 or earlier; it should be less than 12 MB for Oracle Database Release 11.1.0.7 or later.
You can use an attribute name in a query on an object of SDO_TIN. Example 24 shows part of a SELECT statement that queries the TIN_EXTENT attribute of the TERRAIN column of a hypothetical LANDSCAPES table.
When you perform a clip operation using the SDO_TIN_PKG.CLIP_TIN function, an object of SDO_TIN_BLK_TYPE is returned, which is defined as TABLE OF SDO_TIN_BLK
.
The attributes of the SDO_TIN_BLK object type are the same as the columns in the TIN block table, which is described in Table 25 in Section 2.5.2.
This section describes the following object types related to support for point clouds:
SDO_PC
SDO_PC_BLK
The description of a point cloud is stored in a single row, in a single column of object type SDO_PC in a userdefined table. The object type SDO_PC is defined as:
CREATE TYPE sdo_pc AS OBJECT (base_table VARCHAR2(70), base_table_col VARCHAR2(1024), pc_id NUMBER. blk_table VARCHAR2(70), ptn_params VARCHAR2(1024), pc_extent SDO_GEOMETRY, pc_tol NUMBER, pc_tot_dimensions NUMBER, pc_domain SDO_ORGSCL_TYPE, pc_val_attr_tables SDO_STRING_ARRAY, pc_other_attrs XMLTYPE);
The SDO_PC type has the attributes shown in Table 26.
Table 26 SDO_PC Type Attributes
Attribute  Explanation 

BASE_TABLE 
Name of the base table containing a column of type SDO_PC 
BASE_TABLE_COL 
Name of the column of type SDO_PC in the base table 
PC_ID 
ID number for the point cloud. (This unique ID number is generated by Spatial. It is unique within the schema for base tables containing a column of type SDO_PC.) 
BLK_TABLE 
Name of the table that contains information about each block in the point cloud. This table contains the columns shown in Table 27. 
PTN_PARAMS 
Parameters for partitioning the point cloud 
PC_EXTENT 
SDO_GEOMETRY object representing the spatial extent of the point cloud (the minimum bounding object enclosing all objects in the point cloud) 
PC_TOL 
Tolerance value for points in the point cloud. (For information about spatial tolerance, see Section 1.5.5.) 
PC_TOT_DIMENSIONS 
Total number of dimensions in the point cloud. Includes spatial dimensions and any nonspatial dimensions, up to a maximum total of 9. 
PC_DOMAINS 
(Not currently used.) 
PC_VAL_ATTR_TABLES 
SDO_STRING_ARRAY object specifying the names of any value attribute tables for the point cloud. Type SDO_STRING_ARRAY is defined as 
PC_OTHER_ATTRS 
XMLTYPE object specifying any other attributes of the point cloud 
The point cloud block table (specified in the BLK_TABLE attribute of the SDO_PC type) contains the columns shown in Table 27.
Table 27 Columns in the Point Cloud Block Table
Column Name  Data Type  Purpose 

OBJ_ID 
NUMBER 
ID number of the point cloud object. 
BLK_ID 
NUMBER 
ID number of the block. 
BLK_EXTENT 
SDO_GEOMETRY 
Spatial extent of the block. 
BLK_DOMAIN 
SDO_ORGSCL_TYPE 
(Not currently used.) 
PCBLK_MIN_RES 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the minimum resolution level at which the block is visible in a query. The block is retrieved only if the query window intersects the spatial extent of the block and if the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the block intersects the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the query. Usually, lower values mean farther from the view point, and higher values mean closer to the view point. 
PCBLK_MAX_RES 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the maximum resolution level at which the block is visible in a query. The block is retrieved only if the query window intersects the spatial extent of the block and if the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the block intersects the minimum  maximum resolution interval of the query. Usually, lower values mean farther from the view point, and higher values mean closer to the view point. 
NUM_POINTS 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the total number of points in the POINTS BLOB 
NUM_UNSORTED_POINTS 
NUMBER 
For point cloud data, the number of unsorted points in the POINTS BLOB 
PT_SORT_DIM 
NUMBER 
Number of the dimension (1 for the first dimension, 2 for the second dimension, and so on) on which the points are sorted. 
POINTS 
BLOB 
BLOB containing the points. Consists of an array of points, with the following information for each point:

You can use an attribute name in a query on an object of SDO_PC. Example 25 shows part of a SELECT statement that queries the PC_EXTENT attribute of the OCEAN_FLOOR column of a hypothetical OCEAN_FLOOR_MODEL table.
When you perform a clip operation using the SDO_PC_PKG.CLIP_PC function, an object of SDO_PC_BLK_TYPE is returned, which is defined as TABLE OF SDO_PC_BLK
.
The attributes of the SDO_PC_BLK object type are the same as the columns in the point cloud block table, which is described in Table 27 in Section 2.6.1.
This section contains examples of many geometry types:
Figure 23 illustrates the rectangle that represents cola_a
in the example in Section 2.1.
In the SDO_GEOMETRY definition of the geometry illustrated in Figure 23:
SDO_GTYPE = 2003. The 2 indicates twodimensional, and the 3 indicates a polygon.
SDO_SRID = NULL.
SDO_POINT = NULL.
SDO_ELEM_INFO = (1, 1003, 3). The final 3 in 1,1003,3 indicates that this is a rectangle. Because it is a rectangle, only two ordinates are specified in SDO_ORDINATES (lowerleft and upperright).
SDO_ORDINATES = (1,1, 5,7). These identify the lowerleft and upperright ordinates of the rectangle.
Example 26 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry illustrated in Figure 23 into the database.
Example 26 SQL Statement to Insert a Rectangle
INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 1, 'cola_a', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1003,3),  one rectangle (1003 = exterior) SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(1,1, 5,7)  only 2 points needed to  define rectangle (lower left and upper right) with  Cartesiancoordinate data ) );
Figure 24 illustrates a polygon consisting of two elements: an exterior polygon ring and an interior polygon ring. The inner element in this example is treated as a void (a hole).
In the SDO_GEOMETRY definition of the geometry illustrated in Figure 24:
SDO_GTYPE = 2003. The 2 indicates twodimensional, and the 3 indicates a polygon.
SDO_SRID = NULL.
SDO_POINT = NULL.
SDO_ELEM_INFO = (1,1003,1, 19,2003,1). There are two triplet elements: 1,1003,1 and 19,2003,1.
1003 indicates that the element is an exterior polygon ring; 2003 indicates that the element is an interior polygon ring.
19 indicates that the second element (the interior polygon ring) ordinate specification starts at the 19th number in the SDO_ORDINATES array (that is, 7, meaning that the first point is 7,5).
SDO_ORDINATES = (2,4, 4,3, 10,3, 13,5, 13,9, 11,13, 5,13, 2,11, 2,4, 7,5, 7,10, 10,10, 10,5, 7,5).
The area (SDO_GEOM.SDO_AREA function) of the polygon is the area of the exterior polygon minus the area of the interior polygon. In this example, the area is 84 (99  15).
The perimeter (SDO_GEOM.SDO_LENGTH function) of the polygon is the perimeter of the exterior polygon plus the perimeter of the interior polygon. In this example, the perimeter is 52.9193065 (36.9193065 + 16).
Example 27 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry illustrated in Figure 24 into the database.
Example 27 SQL Statement to Insert a Polygon with a Hole
INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 10, 'polygon_with_hole', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1003,1, 19,2003,1),  polygon with hole SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(2,4, 4,3, 10,3, 13,5, 13,9, 11,13, 5,13, 2,11, 2,4, 7,5, 7,10, 10,10, 10,5, 7,5) ) );
An example of such a "polygon with a hole" might be a land mass (such as a country or an island) with a lake inside it. Of course, an actual land mass might have many such interior polygons: each one would require a triplet element in SDO_ELEM_INFO, plus the necessary ordinate specification.
Exterior and interior rings cannot be nested. For example, if a country has a lake and there is an island in the lake (and perhaps a lake on the island), a separate polygon must be defined for the island; the island cannot be defined as an interior polygon ring within the interior polygon ring of the lake.
In a multipolygon (polygon collection), rings must be grouped by polygon, and the first ring of each polygon must be the exterior ring. For example, consider a polygon collection that contains two polygons (A and B):
Polygon A (one interior "hole"): exterior ring A0, interior ring A1
Polygon B (two interior "holes"): exterior ring B0, interior ring B1, interior ring B2
The elements in SDO_ELEM_INFO and SDO_ORDINATES must be in one of the following orders (depending on whether you specify Polygon A or Polygon B first):
A0, A1; B0, B1, B2
B0, B1, B2; A0, A1
Figure 25 illustrates a crescentshaped object represented as a compound line string made up of one straight line segment and one circular arc. Four points are required to represent this shape: points (10,10) and (10,14) describe the straight line segment, and points (10,14), (6,10), and (14,10) describe the circular arc.
In the SDO_GEOMETRY definition of the geometry illustrated in Figure 25:
SDO_GTYPE = 2002. The first 2 indicates twodimensional, and the second 2 indicates one or more line segments.
SDO_SRID = NULL.
SDO_POINT = NULL.
SDO_ELEM_INFO = (1,4,2, 1,2,1, 3,2,2). There are three triplet elements: 1,4,2, 1,2,1, and 3,2,2.
The first triplet indicates that this element is a compound line string made up of two subelement line strings, which are described with the next two triplets.
The second triplet indicates that the line string is made up of straight line segments and that the ordinates for this line string start at offset 1. The end point of this line string is determined by the starting offset of the second line string, 3 in this instance.
The third triplet indicates that the second line string is made up of circular arcs with ordinates starting at offset 3. The end point of this line string is determined by the starting offset of the next element or the current length of the SDO_ORDINATES array, if this is the last element.
SDO_ORDINATES = (10,10, 10,14, 6,10, 14,10).
Example 28 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry illustrated in Figure 25 into the database.
Figure 26 illustrates an ice cream coneshaped object represented as a compound polygon made up of one straight line segment and one circular arc. Five points are required to represent this shape: points (6,10), (10,1), and (14,10) describe one acute angleshaped line string, and points (14,10), (10,14), and (6,10) describe the circular arc. The starting point of the line string and the ending point of the circular arc are the same point (6,10). The SDO_ELEM_INFO array contains three triplets for this compound line string. These triplets are {(1,1005,2), (1,2,1), (5,2,2)}.
In the SDO_GEOMETRY definition of the geometry illustrated in Figure 26:
SDO_GTYPE = 2003. The 2 indicates twodimensional, and the 3 indicates a polygon.
SDO_SRID = NULL.
SDO_POINT = NULL.
SDO_ELEM_INFO = (1,1005,2, 1,2,1, 5,2,2). There are three triplet elements: 1,1005,2, 1,2,1, and 5,2,2.
The first triplet indicates that this element is a compound polygon made up of two subelement line strings, which are described using the next two triplets.
The second triplet indicates that the first subelement line string is made up of straight line segments and that the ordinates for this line string start at offset 1. The end point of this line string is determined by the starting offset of the second line string, 5 in this instance. Because the vertices are twodimensional, the coordinates for the end point of the first line string are at ordinates 5 and 6.
The third triplet indicates that the second subelement line string is made up of a circular arc with ordinates starting at offset 5. The end point of this line string is determined by the starting offset of the next element or the current length of the SDO_ORDINATES array, if this is the last element.
SDO_ORDINATES = (6,10, 10,1, 14,10, 10,14, 6,10).
Example 29 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry illustrated in Figure 26 into the database.
Figure 27 illustrates a pointonly geometry at coordinates (12,14).
In the SDO_GEOMETRY definition of the geometry illustrated in Figure 27:
SDO_GTYPE = 2001. The 2 indicates twodimensional, and the 1 indicates a single point.
SDO_SRID = NULL.
SDO_POINT = SDO_POINT_TYPE(12, 14, NULL). The SDO_POINT attribute is defined using the SDO_POINT_TYPE object type, because this is a pointonly geometry.
For more information about the SDO_POINT attribute, see Section 2.2.3.
SDO_ELEM_INFO and SDO_ORDINATES are both NULL, as required if the SDO_POINT attribute is specified.
Example 210 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry illustrated in Figure 27 into the database.
Example 210 SQL Statement to Insert a PointOnly Geometry
INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 90, 'point_only', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2001, NULL, SDO_POINT_TYPE(12, 14, NULL), NULL, NULL));
You can search for pointonly geometries based on the X, Y, and Z values in the SDO_POINT_TYPE specification. Example 211 is a query that asks for all points whose first coordinate (the X value) is 12, and it finds the point that was inserted in Example 210.
Example 211 Query for PointOnly Geometry Based on a Coordinate Value
SELECT * from cola_markets c WHERE c.shape.SDO_POINT.X = 12; MKT_ID NAME   SHAPE(SDO_GTYPE, SDO_SRID, SDO_POINT(X, Y, Z), SDO_ELEM_INFO, SDO_ORDINATES)  90 point_only SDO_GEOMETRY(2001, NULL, SDO_POINT_TYPE(12, 14, NULL), NULL, NULL)
An oriented point is a special type of point geometry that includes coordinates representing the locations of the point and a virtual end point, to indicate an orientation vector that can be used for rotating a symbol at the point or extending a label from the point. The main use for an oriented point is in map visualization and display applications that include symbols, such as a shield symbol to indicate a highway.
To specify an oriented point:
Use an SDO_GTYPE value (explained in Section 2.2.1) for a point or multipoint geometry.
Specify a null value for the SDO_POINT attribute.
In the SDO_ELEM_INFO array (explained in Section 2.2.4), specify an additional triplet, with the second and third values (SDO_ETYPE and SDO_INTERPRETATION) as 1 and 0. For example, a triplet of 3,1,0 indicates that the point is an oriented point, with the third number in the SDO_ORDINATES array being the first coordinate, or xaxis value, of the end point reflecting the orientation vector for any symbol or label.
In the SDO_ORDINATES array (explained in Section 2.2.5), specify the coordinates of the end point for the orientation vector from the point, with values between 1 and 1. The orientation start point is assumed to be (0,0), and it is translated to the location of the physical point to which it corresponds.
Figure 28 illustrates an oriented point geometry at coordinates (12,14), with an orientation vector of approximately 34 degrees (counterclockwise from the xaxis), reflecting the orientation coordinates 0.3,0.2. (To have an orientation that more precisely matches a specific angle, refer to the cotangent or tangent values in the tables in a trigonometry textbook.) The orientation vector in this example goes from (0,0) to (0.3,0.2) and extends onward. Assuming i=0.3 and j=0.2, the angle in radians can be calculated as follows: angle in radians = arctan (j/i). The angle is then applied to the physical point associated with the orientation vector.
In the SDO_GEOMETRY definition of the geometry illustrated in Figure 28:
SDO_GTYPE = 2001. The 2 indicates twodimensional, and the 1 indicates a single point.
SDO_SRID = NULL.
SDO_POINT = NULL.
SDO_ELEM_INFO = (1,1,1, 3,1,0). The final 1,0 in 3,1,0 indicates that this is an oriented point.
SDO_ORDINATES = (12,14, 0.3,0.2). The 12,14 identifies the physical coordinates of the point; and the 0.3,0.2 identifies the x and y coordinates (assuming 12,14 as the origin) of the end point of the orientation vector. The resulting orientation vector slopes upward at about a 34degree angle.
Example 212 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry illustrated in Figure 28 into the database.
Example 212 SQL Statement to Insert an Oriented Point Geometry
INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 91, 'oriented_point', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2001, NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1,1, 3,1,0), SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(12,14, 0.3,0.2)));
The following guidelines apply to the definition of an oriented point:
The numbers defining the orientation vector must be between 1 and 1. (In Example 212, these numbers are 0.3 and 0.2.)
Multipoint oriented points are allowed (see Example 213), but the orientation information must follow the point being oriented.
The following considerations apply to the dimensionality of the orientation vector for an oriented point:
A twodimensional point has a twodimensional orientation vector.
A twodimensional point with an LRS measure (SDO_GTYPE=3301) has a twodimensional orientation vector.
A threedimensional point (SDO_GTYPE=3001) has a threedimensional orientation vector.
A threedimensional point with an LRS measure (SDO_GTYPE=4401) has a threedimensional orientation vector.
A fourdimensional point (SDO_GTYPE=4001) has a threedimensional orientation vector.
Example 213 shows a SQL statement that inserts an oriented multipoint geometry into the database. The multipoint geometry contains two points, at coordinates (12,14) and (12, 10), with the two points having different orientation vectors. The statement is similar to the one in Example 212, but in Example 213 the second point has an orientation vector pointing down and to the left at 45 degrees (or, 135 degrees clockwise from the xaxis), reflecting the orientation coordinates 1,1.
Example 213 SQL Statement to Insert an Oriented Multipoint Geometry
 Oriented multipoint: 2 points, different orientations INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 92, 'oriented_multipoint', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2005,  Multipoint NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,1,1, 3,1,0, 5,1,1, 7,1,0), SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(12,14, 0.3,0.2, 12,10, 1,1)));
Type 0 (zero) elements are used to model geometry types that are not supported by Oracle Spatial, such as curves and splines. A type 0 element has an SDO_ETYPE value of 0. (See Section 2.2.4 for information about the SDO_ETYPE.) Type 0 elements are not indexed by Oracle Spatial, and they are ignored by Spatial functions and procedures.
Geometries with type 0 elements must contain at least one nonzero element, that is, an element with an SDO_ETYPE value that is not 0. The nonzero element should be an approximation of the unsupported geometry, and therefore it must have both:
An SDO_ETYPE value associated with a geometry type supported by Spatial
An SDO_INTERPRETATION value that is valid for the SDO_ETYPE value (see Table 22)
(The SDO_INTERPRETATION value for the type 0 element can be any numeric value, and applications are responsible for determining the validity and significance of the value.)
The nonzero element is indexed by Spatial, and it will be returned by the spatial index.
The SDO_GTYPE value for a geometry containing a type 0 element must be set to the value for the geometry type of the nonzero element.
Figure 29 shows a geometry with two elements: a curve (unsupported geometry) and a rectangle (the nonzero element) that approximates the curve. The curve looks like the letter S, and the rectangle is represented by the dashed line.
Figure 29 Geometry with Type 0 (Zero) Element
In the example shown in Figure 29:
The SDO_GTYPE value for the geometry is 2003 (for a twodimensional polygon).
The SDO_ELEM_INFO array contains two triplets for this compound line string. For example, the triplets might be {(1,0,57), (11,1003,3)}. That is:
Ordinate Starting Offset (SDO_STARTING_OFFSET)  Element Type (SDO_ETYPE)  Interpretation (SDO_INTERPRETATION) 

1  0  57 
11  1003  3 
In this example:
The type 0 element has an SDO_ETYPE value of 0.
The nonzero element (rectangle) has an SDO_ETYPE value of 1003, indicating an exterior polygon ring.
The nonzero element has an SDO_STARTING_OFFSET value of 11 because ordinate x6 is the eleventh ordinate in the geometry.
The type 0 element has an SDO_INTERPRETATION value whose significance is applicationspecific. In this example, the SDO_INTERPRETATION value is 57.
The nonzero element has an SDO_INTERPRETATION value that is valid for the SDO_ETYPE of 1003. In this example, the SDO_INTERPRETATION value is 3, indicating a rectangle defined by two points (lowerleft and upperright).
Example 214 shows a SQL statement that inserts the geometry with a type 0 element (similar to the geometry illustrated in Figure 29) into the database. In the SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY structure, the curve is defined by points (6,6), (12,6), (9,8), (6,10), and (12,10), and the rectangle is defined by points (6,4) and (12,12).
Example 214 SQL Statement to Insert a Geometry with a Type 0 Element
INSERT INTO cola_markets VALUES( 13, 'type_zero_element_geom', SDO_GEOMETRY( 2003,  twodimensional polygon NULL, NULL, SDO_ELEM_INFO_ARRAY(1,0,57, 11,1003,3),  1st is type 0 element SDO_ORDINATE_ARRAY(6,6, 12,6, 9,8, 6,10, 12,10, 6,4, 12,12) ) );
Example 215 creates a table and inserts various twodimensional geometries, including multipoints (point clusters), multipolygons, and collections. At the end, it calls the SDO_GEOM.VALIDATE_GEOMETRY_WITH_CONTEXT function to validate the inserted geometries. Note that some geometries are deliberately invalid, and their descriptions include the string INVALID
.
Example 215 SQL Statements to Insert Various TwoDimensional Geometries
CREATE TABLE t1 ( i NUMBER, d VARCHAR2(50), g SDO_GEOMETRY ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 1, 'Point', sdo_geometry (2001, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,5)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 2, 'Line segment', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,10, 20,10)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 3, 'Arc segment', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (10,15, 15,20, 20,15)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 4, 'Line string', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,25, 20,30, 25,25, 30,30)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 5, 'Arc string', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (10,35, 15,40, 20,35, 25,30, 30,35)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 6, 'Compound line string', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,4,3, 1,2,1, 3,2,2, 7,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,45, 20,45, 23,48, 20,51, 10,51)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 7, 'Closed line string', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,55, 15,55, 20,60, 10,60, 10,55)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 8, 'Closed arc string', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (15,65, 10,68, 15,70, 20,68, 15,65)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 9, 'Closed mixed line', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,4,2, 1,2,1, 7,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (10,78, 10,75, 20,75, 20,78, 15,80, 10,78)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 10, 'Selfcrossing line', sdo_geometry (2002, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,85, 20,90, 20,85, 10,90, 10,85)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 11, 'Polygon', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,105, 15,105, 20,110, 10,110, 10,105)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 12, 'Arc polygon', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,2), sdo_ordinate_array (15,115, 20,118, 15,120, 10,118, 15,115)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 13, 'Compound polygon', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1005,2, 1,2,1, 7,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (10,128, 10,125, 20,125, 20,128, 15,130, 10,128)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 14, 'Rectangle', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,3), sdo_ordinate_array (10,135, 20,140)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 15, 'Circle', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,4), sdo_ordinate_array (15,145, 10,150, 20,150)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 16, 'Point cluster', sdo_geometry (2005, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1,3), sdo_ordinate_array (50,5, 55,7, 60,5)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 17, 'Multipoint', sdo_geometry (2005, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1,1, 3,1,1, 5,1,1), sdo_ordinate_array (65,5, 70,7, 75,5)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 18, 'Multiline', sdo_geometry (2006, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1, 5,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (50,15, 55,15, 60,15, 65,15)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 19, 'Multiline  crossing', sdo_geometry (2006, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1, 5,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (50,22, 60,22, 55,20, 55,25)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 20, 'Multiarc', sdo_geometry (2006, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,2, 7,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (50,35, 55,40, 60,35, 65,35, 70,30, 75,35)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 21, 'Multiline  closed', sdo_geometry (2006, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,1, 9,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array (50,55, 50,60, 55,58, 50,55, 56,58, 60,55, 60,60, 56,58)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 22, 'Multiarc  touching', sdo_geometry (2006, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2,2, 7,2,2), sdo_ordinate_array (50,65, 50,70, 55,68, 55,68, 60,65, 60,70)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 23, 'Multipolygon  disjoint', sdo_geometry (2007, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,1, 11,1003,3), sdo_ordinate_array (50,105, 55,105, 60,110, 50,110, 50,105, 62,108, 65,112)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 24, 'Multipolygon  touching', sdo_geometry (2007, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,3, 5,1003,3), sdo_ordinate_array (50,115, 55,120, 55,120, 58,122)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 25, 'Multipolygon  tangent * INVALID 13351', sdo_geometry (2007, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,3, 5,1003,3), sdo_ordinate_array (50,125, 55,130, 55,128, 60,132)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 26, 'Multipolygon  multitouch', sdo_geometry (2007, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,1, 17,1003,1), sdo_ordinate_array (50,95, 55,95, 53,96, 55,97, 53,98, 55,99, 50,99, 50,95, 55,100, 55,95, 60,95, 60,100, 55,100)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 27, 'Polygon with void', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,3, 5,2003,3), sdo_ordinate_array (50,135, 60,140, 51,136, 59,139)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 28, 'Polygon with void  reverse', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,2003,3, 5,1003,3), sdo_ordinate_array (51,146, 59,149, 50,145, 60,150)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 29, 'Crescent (straight lines) * INVALID 13349', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,175, 10,165, 20,165, 15,170, 25,170, 20,165, 30,165, 30,175, 10,175)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 30, 'Crescent (arcs) * INVALID 13349', sdo_geometry (2003, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,2), sdo_ordinate_array (14,180, 10,184, 14,188, 18,184, 14,180, 16,182, 14,184, 12,182, 14,180)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 31, 'Heterogeneous collection', sdo_geometry (2004, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1,1, 3,2,1, 7,1003,1), sdo_ordinate_array (10,5, 10,10, 20,10, 10,105, 15,105, 20,110, 10,110, 10,105)) ); INSERT INTO t1 (i, d, g) VALUES ( 32, 'Polygon+void+island touch', sdo_geometry (2007, null, null, sdo_elem_info_array (1,1003,1, 11,2003,1, 31,1003,1), sdo_ordinate_array (50,168, 50,160, 55,160, 55,168, 50,168, 51,167, 54,167, 54,161, 51,161, 51,162, 52,163, 51,164, 51,165, 51,166, 51,167, 52,166, 52,162, 53,162, 53,166, 52,166)) ); COMMIT; SELECT i, d, SDO_GEOM.VALIDATE_GEOMETRY_WITH_CONTEXT (g, 0.5) FROM t1;
Example 216 creates several tables (POINTS3D, LINES3D, and POLYGONS3D), and inserts threedimensional objects into each table as appropriate (points into POINTS3D; lines into LINES3D; and polygons, surfaces, and solids into POLYGONS3D). Example 217 then creates the metadata and spatial indexes for the tables.
For information about support for threedimensional geometries, see Section 1.11.
Example 216 SQL Statements to Insert ThreeDimensional Geometries
create table points3d(id number, geometry sdo_geometry); insert into points3d values(1, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(0,0,0), null, null)); insert into points3d values(2, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(1,1,1), null, null)); insert into points3d values(3, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(0,1,1), null, null)); insert into points3d values(4, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(0,0,1), null, null)); insert into points3d values(5, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(1,1,0), null, null)); insert into points3d values(6, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(1,0,1), null, null)); insert into points3d values(7, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(1,0,0), null, null)); insert into points3d values(8, sdo_geometry(3001,null, sdo_point_type(0,1,0), null, null)); insert into points3d values(9, sdo_geometry(3005,null, null, sdo_elem_info_array(1,1,1, 4,1,1), sdo_ordinate_array(1,1,1, 0,0,0))); create table lines3d(id number, geometry sdo_geometry); insert into lines3d values(1, sdo_geometry(3002,null, null, sdo_elem_info_array(1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array(1,1,1, 0,0,0))); insert into lines3d values(2, sdo_geometry(3002,null, null, sdo_elem_info_array(1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array(1,0,1, 0,1,0))); insert into lines3d values(2, sdo_geometry(3002,null, null, sdo_elem_info_array(1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array(0,1,1, 1,0,0))); insert into lines3d values(3, sdo_geometry(3002,null, null, sdo_elem_info_array(1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array(0,1,1, 1,0,0))); insert into lines3d values(4, sdo_geometry(3002,null, null, sdo_elem_info_array(1,2,1), sdo_ordinate_array(0,1,0, 1,0,1))); create table polygons3d(id number, geometry sdo_geometry);  Simple Polygon  All points have to be on the same plane. insert into polygons3d values(1, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0 ))); insert into polygons3d values(2, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(6.0,6.0,6.0, 5.0,6.0,10.0, 3.0,4.0,8.0, 4.0,4.0,4.0, 6.0,6.0,6.0 ))); insert into polygons3d values(3, SDO_Geometry (3007,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1003,1,16,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(6.0,6.0,6.0, 5.0,6.0,10.0, 3.0,4.0,8.0, 4.0,4.0,4.0, 6.0,6.0,6.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0 )));  Polygon with a Hole (same rules as 2D) plus all points on the same plane insert into polygons3d values(4, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1003,1,16,2003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.25,0.5,0.5, 0.15,0.5,0.7, 0.15,0.6,0.7, 0.25,0.6,0.5, 0.25,0.5,0.5 )));  Surface with 2 3D polygons (on same plane) insert into polygons3d values(5, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1006,2,1,1003,1,16,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,0.0, 0.0,0.0,0.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 2.5,1.0,0.0, 1.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0 )));  Surface with 2 3D polygons (on two planes) insert into polygons3d values(5, SDO_Geometry(3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1006,2,1,1003,3,7,1003,3), SDO_Ordinate_Array(2,2,2, 4,4,2, 2,2,2, 4,2,4 )));  Surface with 2 3D polygons  First polygon has one ext and one int. insert into polygons3d values(6, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1006,2,1,1003,1,16,2003,1,31,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.25,0.5,0.5, 0.15,0.5,0.7, 0.15,0.6,0.7, 0.25,0.6,0.5, 0.25,0.5,0.5, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 2.5,1.0,0.0, 1.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0 ))); 3D Surface with 3 3D polygons insert into polygons3d values(7, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1006,3,1,1003,1,16,1003,1,34,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 2.5,1.0,0.0, 1.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 2.5,0.0,0.0, 2.5,1.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0 )));  3D surface with 3 3D polygons insert into polygons3d values(8, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1006,3,1,1003,1,16,2003,1,31,1003,1,49,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 0.25,0.5,0.5, 0.15,0.5,0.7, 0.15,0.6,0.7, 0.25,0.6,0.5, 0.25,0.5,0.5, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 2.5,1.0,0.0, 1.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,2.0,0.0, 0.5,0.0,0.0, 1.5,0.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0, 0.5,2.0,0.0, 0.0,2.0,0.0, 0.0,1.0,0.0, 0.5,1.0,0.0 )));  Simple 3D polygon insert into polygons3d values(9, SDO_Geometry (3003,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(0.0,4.0,1.0, 4.0,4.0,1.0, 5.0,3.0,1.0, 5.0,0.0,1.0, 3.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 3.0,0.5,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 6.0,2.0,1.0, 6.0,3.5,1.0, 2.0,3.5,1.0, 0.0,4.0,1.0 )));  SOLID with 6 polygons insert into polygons3d values(10, SDO_Geometry (3008,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1007,1,1,1006,6,1,1003,1,16,1003,1,31,1003,1,46,1003,1,61,1003,1,76,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(1.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0 )));  Simple SOLID with 6 polygons  All polygons are described using the optimized rectangle representation. insert into polygons3d values(11, SDO_Geometry (3008,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1007,1,1,1006,6,1,1003,3,7,1003,3,13,1003,3,19,1003,3,25,1003,3,31,1003,3), SDO_Ordinate_Array(1.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 0.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0, 0.0,0.0,1.0 )));  MultiSolid  Both solids use optimized representation. insert into polygons3d values(12, SDO_Geometry (3009,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1007,3,7,1007,3), SDO_Ordinate_Array(2.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 0.0,0.0,0.0, 1.0,1.0,1.0 )));  MultiSolid  like multipolygon in 2D  disjoint solids insert into polygons3d values(13, SDO_Geometry (3009,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1007,1,1,1006,6,1,1003,1,16,1003,1,31,1003,1,46,1003,1,61,1003,1,76,1003,1,91,1007,1,91,1006,7,91,1003,1,106,1003,1,121,1003,1,136,1003,1,151,1003,1,166,1003,1,184,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(1.0,0.0,4.0, 1.0,1.0,4.0, 1.0,1.0,6.0, 1.0,0.0,6.0, 1.0,0.0,4.0, 1.0,0.0,6.0, 0.0,0.0,6.0, 0.0,0.0,4.0, 1.0,0.0,4.0, 1.0,0.0,6.0, 0.0,1.0,6.0, 0.0,1.0,4.0, 0.0,0.0,4.0, 0.0,0.0,6.0, 0.0,1.0,6.0, 1.0,1.0,4.0, 0.0,1.0,4.0, 0.0,1.0,6.0, 1.0,1.0,6.0, 1.0,1.0,4.0, 1.0,1.0,6.0, 0.0,1.0,6.0, 0.0,0.0,6.0, 1.0,0.0,6.0, 1.0,1.0,6.0, 1.0,1.0,4.0, 1.0,0.0,4.0, 0.0,0.0,4.0, 0.0,1.0,4.0, 1.0,1.0,4.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0 )));  SOLID with a hole  etype = 1007 exterior solid  etype = 2007 is interior solid  All polygons of etype=2007 are described as 2003's. insert into polygons3d values(14, SDO_Geometry (3008,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1007,1,1,1006,7,1,1003,1,16,1003,1,31,1003,1,46,1003,1,61,1003,1,76,1003,1,94,1003,1,112,2006,6,112,2003,1,127,2003,1,142,2003,1,157,2003,1,172,2003,1,187,2003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(2.0,0.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,2.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5, 1.0,1.0,0.5 )));  Gtype = SOLID  The elements make up one composite solid (nondisjoint solids) like a cube  on a cube on a cube.  This is made up of two solid elements.  Each solid element here is a simple solid. insert into polygons3d values(15, SDO_Geometry (3008,NULL,NULL , SDO_Elem_Info_Array(1,1008,2,1,1007,1,1,1006,6,1,1003,1,16,1003,1,31,1003,1,46,1003,1,61,1003,1,76,1003,1,91,1007,1,91,1006,7,91,1003,1,106,1003,1,121,1003,1,136,1003,1,151,1003,1,166,1003,1,184,1003,1), SDO_Ordinate_Array(2.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 3.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,3.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 3.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,1.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 4.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 2.0,2.0,3.0, 4.5,2.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,3.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0, 4.5,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,2.0,0.0, 4.0,2.0,0.0, 2.0,0.0,0.0 )));
Example 217 updates the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view with the necessary information about the tables created in Example 216 (POINTS3D, LINES3D, and POLYGONS3D), and it creates a spatial index on the geometry column (named GEOMETRY) in each table. The indexes are created with the PARAMETERS ('sdo_indx_dims=3')
clause, to ensure that all three dimensions are considered in operations that are supported on threedimensional geometries.
Example 217 Updating Metadata and Creating Indexes for 3Dimensional Geometries
INSERT INTO user_sdo_geom_metadata VALUES('POINTS3D', 'GEOMETRY', sdo_dim_array( sdo_dim_element('X', 100,100, 0.000005), sdo_dim_element('Y', 100,100, 0.000005), sdo_dim_element('Z', 100,100, 0.000005)), NULL); CREATE INDEX points3d_sidx on points3d(geometry) INDEXTYPE IS mdsys.spatial_index PARAMETERS ('sdo_indx_dims=3'); INSERT INTO user_sdo_geom_metadata VALUES('LINES3D', 'GEOMETRY', sdo_dim_array( sdo_dim_element('X', 100,100, 0.000005), sdo_dim_element('Y', 100,100, 0.000005), sdo_dim_element('Z', 100,100, 0.000005)), NULL); CREATE INDEX lines3d_sidx on lines3d(geometry) INDEXTYPE IS mdsys.spatial_index PARAMETERS ('sdo_indx_dims=3'); INSERT INTO user_sdo_geom_metadata VALUES('POLYGONS3D', 'GEOMETRY', sdo_dim_array( sdo_dim_element('X', 100,100, 0.000005), sdo_dim_element('Y', 100,100, 0.000005), sdo_dim_element('Z', 100,100, 0.000005)), NULL); CREATE INDEX polygons3d_sidx on polygons3d(geometry) INDEXTYPE IS mdsys.spatial_index PARAMETERS ('sdo_indx_dims=3');
The geometry metadata describing the dimensions, lower and upper bounds, and tolerance in each dimension is stored in a global table owned by MDSYS (which users should never directly update). Each Spatial user has the following views available in the schema associated with that user:
USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA contains metadata information for all spatial tables owned by the user (schema). This is the only view that you can update, and it is the one in which Spatial users must insert metadata related to spatial tables.
ALL_SDO_GEOM_METADATA contains metadata information for all spatial tables on which the user has SELECT permission.
Spatial users are responsible for populating these views. For each spatial column, you must insert an appropriate row into the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view. Oracle Spatial ensures that the ALL_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view is also updated to reflect the rows that you insert into USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA.
Each metadata view has the following definition:
( TABLE_NAME VARCHAR2(32), COLUMN_NAME VARCHAR2(32), DIMINFO SDO_DIM_ARRAY, SRID NUMBER );
In addition, the ALL_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view has an OWNER column identifying the schema that owns the table specified in TABLE_NAME.
The following considerations apply to schema, table, and column names, and to any SDO_DIMNAME values, that are stored in any Oracle Spatial metadata views:
They must contain only letters, numbers, and underscores. For example, such a name cannot contain a space ( ), an apostrophe ('
), a quotation mark ("
), or a comma (,
).
All letters in the names are converted to uppercase before the names are stored in geometry metadata views or before the tables are accessed. This conversion also applies to any schema name specified with the table name.
The TABLE_NAME column contains the name of a feature table, such as COLA_MARKETS, that has a column of type SDO_GEOMETRY.
The table name is stored in the spatial metadata views in all uppercase characters.
The table name cannot contain spaces or mixedcase letters in a quoted string when inserted into the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view, and it cannot be in a quoted string when used in a query (unless it is in all uppercase characters).
The spatial feature table cannot be an indexorganized table if you plan to create a spatial index on the spatial column.
The COLUMN_NAME column contains the name of the column of type SDO_GEOMETRY. For the COLA_MARKETS table, this column is called SHAPE.
The column name is stored in the spatial metadata views in all uppercase characters.
The column name cannot contain spaces or mixedcase letters in a quoted string when inserted into the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view, and it cannot be in a quoted string when used in a query (unless it is in all uppercase characters).
The DIMINFO column is a varying length array of an object type, ordered by dimension, and has one entry for each dimension. The SDO_DIM_ARRAY type is defined as follows:
Create Type SDO_DIM_ARRAY as VARRAY(4) of SDO_DIM_ELEMENT;
The SDO_DIM_ELEMENT type is defined as:
Create Type SDO_DIM_ELEMENT as OBJECT ( SDO_DIMNAME VARCHAR2(64), SDO_LB NUMBER, SDO_UB NUMBER, SDO_TOLERANCE NUMBER);
The SDO_DIM_ARRAY instance is of size n if there are n dimensions. That is, DIMINFO contains 2 SDO_DIM_ELEMENT instances for twodimensional geometries, 3 instances for threedimensional geometries, and 4 instances for fourdimensional geometries. Each SDO_DIM_ELEMENT instance in the array must have valid (not null) values for the SDO_LB, SDO_UB, and SDO_TOLERANCE attributes.
Note:
The number of dimensions reflected in the DIMINFO information must match the number of dimensions of each geometry object in the layer.For an explanation of tolerance and how to determine the appropriate SDO_TOLERANCE value, see Section 1.5.5, especially Section 1.5.5.1.
Spatial assumes that the varying length array is ordered by dimension. The DIMINFO varying length array must be ordered by dimension in the same way the ordinates for the points in SDO_ORDINATES varying length array are ordered. For example, if the SDO_ORDINATES varying length array contains {X1, Y1, ..., Xn, Yn}, then the first DIMINFO entry must define the X dimension and the second DIMINFO entry must define the Y dimension.
Example 21 in Section 2.1 shows the use of the SDO_GEOMETRY and SDO_DIM_ARRAY types. This example demonstrates how geometry objects (hypothetical market areas for colas) are represented, and how the COLA_MARKETS feature table and the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view are populated with the data for those objects.
The SRID column should contain either of the following: the SRID value for the coordinate system for all geometries in the column, or NULL if no specific coordinate system should be associated with the geometries. (For information about coordinate systems, see Chapter 6.)
This section describes the structure of the tables containing the spatial index data and metadata. Concepts and usage notes for spatial indexing are explained in Section 1.7. The spatial index data and metadata are stored in tables that are created and maintained by the Spatial indexing routines. These tables are created in the schema of the owner of the feature (underlying) table that has a spatial index created on a column of type SDO_GEOMETRY.
There are two sets of spatial index metadata views for each schema (user): xxx_SDO_INDEX_INFO and xxx_SDO_INDEX_METADATA, where xxx can be USER or ALL. These views are readonly to users; they are created and maintained by the Spatial indexing routines.
The following views contain basic information about spatial indexes:
USER_SDO_INDEX_INFO contains index information for all spatial tables owned by the user.
ALL_SDO_INDEX_INFO contains index information for all spatial tables on which the user has SELECT permission.
The USER_SDO_INDEX_INFO and ALL_SDO_INDEX_INFO views contain the same columns, as shown Table 28, except that the USER_SDO_INDEX_INFO view does not contain the SDO_INDEX_OWNER column. (The columns are listed in their order in the view definition.)
Table 28 Columns in the xxx_SDO_INDEX_INFO Views
Column Name  Data Type  Purpose 

SDO_INDEX_OWNER 
VARCHAR2 
Owner of the index (ALL_SDO_INDEX_INFO view only). 
INDEX_NAME 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the index. 
TABLE_OWNER 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the owner of the table containing the column on which this index is built. 
TABLE_NAME 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the table containing the column on which this index is built. 
COLUMN_NAME 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the column on which this index is built. 
SDO_INDEX_TYPE 
VARCHAR2 
Contains RTREE (for an Rtree index). 
SDO_INDEX_TABLE 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the spatial index table (described in Section 2.9.2). 
SDO_INDEX_STATUS 
VARCHAR2 
(Reserved for Oracle use.) 
The following views contain detailed information about spatial index metadata:
USER_SDO_INDEX_METADATA contains index information for all spatial tables owned by the user.
ALL_SDO_INDEX_METADATA contains index information for all spatial tables on which the user has SELECT permission.
The USER_SDO_INDEX_METADATA and ALL_SDO_INDEX_METADATA views contain the same columns, as shown Table 29. (The columns are listed in their order in the view definition.)
Table 29 Columns in the xxx_SDO_INDEX_METADATA Views
Column Name  Data Type  Purpose 

SDO_INDEX_OWNER 
VARCHAR2 
Owner of the index. 
SDO_INDEX_TYPE 
VARCHAR2 
Contains RTREE (for an Rtree index). 
SDO_LEVEL 
NUMBER 
(No longer relevant; applies to a desupported feature.) 
SDO_NUMTILES 
NUMBER 
(No longer relevant; applies to a desupported feature.) 
SDO_MAXLEVEL 
NUMBER 
(No longer relevant; applies to a desupported feature.) 
SDO_COMMIT_INTERVAL 
NUMBER 
(No longer relevant; applies to a desupported feature.) 
SDO_INDEX_TABLE 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the spatial index table (described in Section 2.9.2). 
SDO_INDEX_NAME 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the index. 
SDO_INDEX_PRIMARY 
NUMBER 
Indicates if this is a primary or secondary index. 1 = primary, 2 = secondary. 
SDO_TSNAME 
VARCHAR2 
Schema name of the SDO_INDEX_TABLE. 
SDO_COLUMN_NAME 
VARCHAR2 
Name of the column on which this index is built. 
SDO_RTREE_HEIGHT 
NUMBER 
Height of the Rtree. 
SDO_RTREE_NUM_NODES 
NUMBER 
Number of nodes in the Rtree. 
SDO_RTREE_DIMENSIONALITY 
NUMBER 
Number of dimensions used internally by Spatial. This may be different from the number of dimensions indexed, which is controlled by the 
SDO_RTREE_FANOUT 
NUMBER 
Maximum number of children in each Rtree node. 
SDO_RTREE_ROOT 
VARCHAR2 
Rowid corresponding to the root node of the Rtree in the index table. 
SDO_RTREE_SEQ_NAME 
VARCHAR2 
Sequence name associated with the Rtree. 
SDO_FIXED_META 
RAW 
If applicable, this column contains the metadata portion of the SDO_GROUPCODE or SDO_CODE for a fixedlevel index. 
SDO_TABLESPACE 
VARCHAR2 
Same as in the SQL CREATE TABLE statement. Tablespace in which to create the SDOINDEX table. 
SDO_INITIAL_EXTENT 
VARCHAR2 
Same as in the SQL CREATE TABLE statement. 
SDO_NEXT_EXTENT 
VARCHAR2 
Same as in the SQL CREATE TABLE statement. 
SDO_PCTINCREASE 
NUMBER 
Same as in the SQL CREATE TABLE statement. 
SDO_MIN_EXTENTS 
NUMBER 
Same as in the SQL CREATE TABLE statement. 
SDO_MAX_EXTENTS 
NUMBER 
Same as in the SQL CREATE TABLE statement. 
SDO_INDEX_DIMS 
NUMBER 
Number of dimensions of the geometry objects in the column on which this index is built, as determined by the value of the 
SDO_LAYER_GTYPE 
VARCHAR2 
Contains DEFAULT if the layer can contain both point and polygon data, or a value from the Geometry Type column of Table 21 in Section 2.2.1. 
SDO_RTREE_PCTFREE 
NUMBER 
Minimum percentage of slots in each index tree node to be left empty when an Rtree index is created. 
SDO_INDEX_PARTITION 
VARCHAR2 
For a partitioned index, name of the index partition. 
SDO_PARTITIONED 
NUMBER 
Contains 0 if the index is not partitioned or 1 if the index is partitioned. 
SDO_RTREE_QUALITY 
NUMBER 
Quality score for an index. See the information about Rtree quality in Section 1.7.2. 
SDO_INDEX_VERSION 
NUMBER 
Internal version number of the index. 
SDO_INDEX_GEODETIC 
VARCHAR2 
Contains TRUE if the index is geodetic and FALSE if the index is not geodetic. 
SDO_INDEX_STATUS 
VARCHAR2 
(Reserved for Oracle use.) 
SDO_NL_INDEX_TABLE 
VARCHAR2 
Name of a separate index table (with a name in the form MDNT_...$) for nonleaf nodes of the index. For more information, see the description of the 
SDO_DML_BATCH_SIZE 
NUMBER 
Number of index updates to be processed in each batch of updates after a commit operation. For more information, see the description of the 
SDO_RTREE_EXT_XPND 
NUMBER 
(Reserved for future use.) 
SDO_ROOT_MBR 
SDO_GEOMETRY 
Minimum bounding rectangle of the maximum extent of the spatial layer. This is greater than or equal to the MBR of the current extent, and is reset to reflect the current extent when the index is rebuilt. 
For an Rtree index, a spatial index table (each SDO_INDEX_TABLE entry as described in Table 29 in Section 2.9.1.2) contains the columns shown in Table 210.
Table 210 Columns in an RTree Spatial Index Data Table
Column Name  Data Type  Purpose 

NODE_ID 
NUMBER 
Unique ID number for this node of the tree. 
NODE_LEVEL 
NUMBER 
Level of the node in the tree. Leaf nodes (nodes whose entries point to data items in the base table) are at level 1, their parent nodes are at level 2, and so on. 
INFO 
BLOB 
Other information in a node. Includes an array of 
Each Rtree spatial index table has an associated sequence object (SDO_RTREE_SEQ_NAME in the USER_SDO_INDEX_METADATA view, described in Table 29 in Section 2.9.1.2). The sequence is used to ensure that simultaneous updates can be performed to the index by multiple concurrent users.
The sequence name is the index table name with the letter S replacing the letter T before the underscore (for example, the sequence object MDRS_5C01$ is associated with the index table MDRT_5C01$).
Geometry functions that involve measurement allow an optional unit
parameter to specify the unit of measurement for a specified distance or area, if a georeferenced coordinate system (SDO_SRID value) is associated with the input geometry or geometries. The unit
parameter is not valid for geometries with a null SDO_SRID value (that is, an orthogonal Cartesian system). For information about support for coordinate systems, see Chapter 6.
The default unit of measure is the one associated with the georeferenced coordinate system. The unit of measure for most coordinate systems is the meter, and in these cases the default unit for distances is meter and the default unit for areas is square meter. By using the unit
parameter, however, you can have Spatial automatically convert and return results that are more meaningful to application users, for example, displaying the distance to a restaurant in miles.
The unit
parameter must be enclosed in single quotation marks and contain the string unit=
and a valid UNIT_OF_MEAS_NAME value from the SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE table (described in Section 6.7.27). For example, 'unit=KM' in the following example (using data and definitions from Example 617 in Section 6.13) specifies kilometers as the unit of measurement:
SELECT c.name, SDO_GEOM.SDO_LENGTH(c.shape, m.diminfo, 'unit=KM') FROM cola_markets_cs c, user_sdo_geom_metadata m WHERE m.table_name = 'COLA_MARKETS_CS' AND m.column_name = 'SHAPE';
Spatial uses the information in the SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE table (described in Section 6.7.27) to determine which unit names are valid and what ratios to use in comparing or converting between different units. For convenience, you can also use the following legacy views to see the angle, area, and distance units of measure:
MDSYS.SDO_ANGLE_UNITS (described in Section 6.8.2)
MDSYS.SSDO_AREA_UNITS (described in Section 6.8.3)
MDSYS.SSDO_DIST_UNITS (described in Section 6.8.5)
If the area and distance units of measurement supplied by Oracle are not sufficient for your needs, you can create userdefined area and distance units. (You cannot create a userdefined angle unit.) To do so, you must connect to the database as a user that has been granted the DBA role, and insert a row for each desired unit to the SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE table (described in Section 6.7.27)
Table 211 lists the columns in the SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE table and the requirements and recommendations for each if you are inserting a row for a userdefined unit of measurement.
Table 211 SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE Table Entries for UserDefined Unit
Column Name  Description 

UOM_ID 
Any unit of measure ID number not currently used for an Oraclesupplied unit or another userdefined unit. Example: 
UNIT_OF_MEAS_NAME 
Name of the userdefined unit of measurement. Example: 
SHORT_NAME 
Optional short name (if any) of the unit of measurement. 
UNIT_OF_MEAS_TYPE 
Type of measure for which the unit is used. Must be either 
TARGET_UOM_ID 
Optional, but for support purposes you should enter one of the following: 
FACTOR_B 
For a value that can be expressed as a floating point number, specify how many square meters (for an area unit) or meters (for a distance unit) are equal to one of the userdefined unit. For example, for a unit defined as onehalf of a standard meter, specify: For a value that cannot be expressed as a simple floating point number, specify the dividend for the expression FACTOR_B/FACTOR_C that determines how many square meters (for an area unit) or meters (for a distance unit) are equal to one of the userdefined unit. 
FACTOR_C 
For a value that can be expressed as a floating point number, specify 1. For a value that cannot be expressed as a simple floating point number, specify the divisor for the expression FACTOR_B/FACTOR_C that determines how many square meters (for an area unit) or meters (for a distance unit) are equal to one of the userdefined unit. 
INFORMATION_SOURCE 
Specify the following: 
DATA_SOURCE 
A phrase briefly describing the unit. Example: 
IS_LEGACY 
Specify the following: 
LEGACY_CODE 
(Do not use this for a userdefined unit.) 
Example 218 creates a userdefined distance unit named HALF_METER
, and uses it in a query to find all customers within 400,000 halfmeters (200 kilometers) of a specified store.
Example 218 Creating and Using a UserDefined Unit of Measurement
 Distance unit: HALF_METER  FACTOR_B specifies how many meters = one of this unit. INSERT INTO MDSYS.SDO_UNITS_OF_MEASURE (UOM_ID, UNIT_OF_MEAS_NAME, UNIT_OF_MEAS_TYPE, TARGET_UOM_ID, FACTOR_B, FACTOR_C, INFORMATION_SOURCE, DATA_SOURCE, IS_LEGACY) VALUES (100001, 'HALF_METER', 'length', 100001, .5, 1, 'Userdefined half meter', 'USER_DEFINED', 'FALSE'); . . .  Find all the customers within 400,000 halfmeters of store_id = 101 SELECT /*+ordered*/ c.customer_id, c.first_name, c.last_name FROM stores s, customers c WHERE s.store_id = 101 AND sdo_within_distance (c.cust_geo_location, s.store_geo_location, 'distance = 400000 unit = HALF_METER') = 'TRUE'; CUSTOMER_ID FIRST_NAME LAST_NAME    1005 Carla Rodriguez 1004 Thomas Williams 1003 Marian Chang 1001 Alexandra Nichols