Shapefile displaying data in the incorrect location on map (off by approx 10m)

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08-27-2020 03:14 AM
SarahMoore2
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I have a shapefile in ITM and I brought it into ARCGIS. In ARCGIS Pro some of the layers are in ITM and ome are Irish Grid. I ahve changed the basemap to ITM. I thought the shapefile was slightly off as one of the points were within a buffer when I knew it shouldn't be (purple icon). As the shapefile only had four points. I created an excel sheet with the four points and added them to the map (Blue icon). These locations have mapped correctly.

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DanPatterson
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check to see if there is a difference in the reference datum


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SarahMoore2
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Thanks for the response.

I created the excel file points (blue icon) from the coordinates in the

attribute table of the shapefile (pink icon).

Is this what you mean regarding reference datum? If not how do I check this?

I’m very new to ARCGIS!!!

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DanPatterson
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Sarah... ITM? (Irish transverse mercator???) vs Irish Grid.  Both are coordinate systems, but there is an underlying "datum", that would define the basis for the coordinate system.  WGS84 datum is an example.  Datum differences can cause small shifts in the coordinates.  You need to provide more information on the coordinate systems that are being used.  Excel coordinates would need to have been "defined". What exactly did you do to get the coordinates on the map?  If you used "defaults" because you weren't sure, those defaults (basically assumptions) might not properly describe the coordinates and you may need to use the "Define Projection" in Arctoolbox to fix the situation once the problem is narrowed down


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SarahMoore2
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I used ITM Coordinates with the excel file and when I displayed the points

I selected ITM as the coordinate system.

The shapefile automatically displayed and It was ITM.

I had exported the shapefile in ITM and I have just bought it in again and

it is now displaying in the correct location.

Not sure what happened there!!

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DanPatterson
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at least it works now... stranger things have happened


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