[OSGeo Africa] EPSG 205x

Graeme McFerren gmcferren at csir.co.za
Tue Jul 21 09:25:47 EDT 2009

Hi Andrew

This question needs a bit of disambiguation (oops, I sound like wikipedia...) and discussion

I remind you btw of the excellent resource www.spatialreference.org
The Hartebeesthoek94 coord system is EPSG:4148 (http://www.spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/4148/ ) defined in proj format as:   +proj=longlat +ellps=WGS84 +towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +no_defs 

Projected systems can of course be based on this, but if you are specifically after the LO flavour of things check out:


None of these provide a proj4 definition though, nor can I find one in PostGIS or via OSR, implying to me that it would be difficult to project into these projections if using some FOSS Tools. 

I don't think your proj4 style attempt will quite work though, because it does not provide for the necessary southward orientation. LO is a south-oriented Transverse Mercator AFAIK

When resolved, this should be contributed to SpatialReference.org, I think

>>> "Andrew de Klerk" <andrew at quartex.co.za> 07/21/09 2:30 PM >>> 
Jeff - It has already asked on this list. I am yet to get a conclusive
definition of what it is from about three different lists. 

I guess it is not as clear cut as it seems. I would have also thought that
with the Quantum training session the other day, we would have our own proj4
definitions sorted out. No?


-----Original Message-----
From: africa-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:africa-bounces at lists.osgeo.org]
On Behalf Of Jeff McKenna
Sent: 21 July 2009 02:08 PM
To: Africa local chapter discussions
Subject: Re: [OSGeo Africa] EPSG 205x

Andrew de Klerk wrote:
> Hi
> Can anyone confirm what the correct Proj4 definition is for our 
> Hartebeesthoek projections. The closest I have come up with is (for 2054):
> +proj=tmerc +ellips=WGS84 +datum=WGS84 +lon_0=31 +k_0=1 +units=m +no_defs
> I have tried on numerous occasions to get someone in the know to say if 
> its wrong or right. I do not know enough about the inner workings of 
> projection systems nor the different options available in the proj4 
> definitions - so if anyone who knows more than me about either of these 
> can help me/us come up with a definite definition this would help.
> Gavin - I know you were looking into this a while ago? Did you get any 
> further?
> Thanks
> Andrew


Maybe you should ask this question on the Proj mailing list 
(http://lists.maptools.org/mailman/listinfo/proj), I bet that is where 
you'll find help.


Jeff McKenna
FOSS4G Consulting and Training Services

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