[postgis-users] Determine latitude/longitude of a point giveninitial latitude/longitude, bearing and distance on a spheroid.

Arnaud Vandecasteele arnaud.sig at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 23:39:54 PST 2010

```Hi,

I had to solve a similar problem few weeks ago.
You may have a look at the vicenty formula [1], I think it's what you
are looking for.
This two web [2-3] site are also a good strating point.

Regards

Arnaud

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenty%27s_formulae
[2] http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html#destPoint
[3] http://williams.best.vwh.net/avform.htm#Math

On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 7:37 AM, Colin Broughton
<broughton.colin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Also, Geoscience Australia provides an online Great-Circle distance
> calculator which is very easy to use:
> http://www.ga.gov.au/geodesy/datums/distance.jsp#circle
>
> Colin
>
> On 9 November 2010 10:16, Jorge Gustavo Rocha <jgr at di.uminho.pt> wrote:
>>
>> Luke,
>>
>> Maybe you can find useful information on:
>> http://trac.osgeo.org/proj/wiki/GeodesicCalculations
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Jorge
>>
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>>
>>
>> Ter, 2010-11-09 às 00:22 +0930, Luke Wilmen escreveu:
>> > G'day all,
>> > Long time reader, first time poster. Recently I have been developing a
>> > project that is requiring a point to be translated along a great
>> > circle path by a given distance (metres) and initial bearing. I have
>> > already implemented functions that do this with normal spherical
>> > calculations based upon an average radius for the Earth. These
>> > spherical calculations work fine when you are close to the equator
>> > however the accuracy is outside the tolerances for our project as you
>> > move further towards the poles (points drift by upwards of 10m - 20m).
>> >
>> >
>> > After pouring over the Internet and this mailing list I have been
>> > unable to find any solution for achieving these calculations on a
>> > spheroid/ellipsoid and am wondering if anyone else has had any success
>> > in this area or would be able to offer some advice?
>> >
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> > Luke.
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