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# The significance of datum transformations

As the name implies, **datum transformations** transform your data from one datum to another.

The latitude and longitude location in **NAD27** datum differs from **NAD83** or WGS84. This difference is known as a datum shift.

Contingent upon where you are in North America, NAD27 and NAD83 may vary in several meters for even exactness. The normal revision somewhere in the range of NAD27 and NAD83 is a normal of 0.349″ northward and 1.822″ eastbound.

In this case, you would need to perform a datum transformation.

## The history of datums

The primary thing you ought to be cautious about is that the physical areas have not changed. Most overview landmarks have not moved.

Datum shifts happen on the grounds that review estimations improve, there are a greater amount of them and strategies for geodesy change. This outcome in progressively precise geodetic datums after some time. The horizontal datums that form the basis of coordinates of all horizontal positions in North America improve.

## When do you need datum changes?

reference all directions on Earth to a datum. A datum depicts the state of the Earth in scientific terms. A datum characterizes the accompanying parameters for an ellipsoid:

Radius

Inverse flattening

Semi-major axis

semi-minor axis

The North American datum of 1983 (NAD83) is the present even or geometric datum for the United States. It gives scope and longitude and some stature data.

Unfortunately, NAD83 isn’t the main datum you’ll encounter. Before the present datum was characterized, numerous maps were made using distinctive beginning stages. Also, even today, people continue to change geodetic datums in an effort to make them more accurate.

A typical issue is when distinctive arrange areas are put away in various reference frameworks. When joining information from various clients or times, it is critical to change all data to normal geodetic datums.

Anticipated arrange frameworks depend on geographic directions, which are thusly referenced to a datum. For instance, the State Plane Coordinate System can be referenced to either NAD83 and NAD27 geodetic datums.

The NAD27 datum was based on the Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866:

Semi-major axis: 6,378,206.4 m

semi-minor axis: 6,356,583.8 m

Inverse flattening: 294.98

The NAD83 datum was based on the Geodetic Reference System (GRS80) Ellipsoid:

Semi-major axis: 6,378,137.0 m

semi-minor axis: 6,356,752.3 m

Inverse flattening: 298.26

## What is a datum transformation?

For a work where it’s significant for directions to be reliable with one another, it is important that you utilize the equivalent geodetic datum. If you are marking property boundaries, building roads, or planning for coastal inundation scenarios, you must know about and use the correct geodetic datums.

The challenge is to get points in different datums to align. After you get two sets of coordinated in a common datum, there are three steps to get them in alignment:

- Origin Alignment: Position the coordinates into close proximity
- Axis Rotation: Rotate the axis until coordinates align
- Scale Factor: Scale axes until coordinates match