Cannot transform TM_65 to GCS_WGS_1984 - Help!

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05-05-2017 04:01 AM
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I have imported a shapefile of Northern Irish DEA boundaries, default projected at TM_65 Irish grid coordinates. I want to re-project them to GCS_WGS_1984. However, my Project tool tells me that all available projection changes (eg. TM65_To_WGS_1984, TM65_To_WGS_1984_2, etc.) are invalid transformations. How do I fix this error?P

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Just did this my side (Arc10.4.1), loaded Nat geographic base map, zoomed to Ireland, then set the data frame coord sys to Irish national grid, then set either of these - TM65_To_WGS_1984, TM65_To_WGS_1984_2 as the transformation (TM65 is a Modified Airy based system). So, was just going in the opposite direction to your case.

No probs here.

So what version you on?

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I'm using Arc10.5, and the Open Street Map basemap, which doesn't have a data frame coordinate system attached...but the boundaries of which best fit WGS_1984. Do I perhaps need to define the coordinate system?

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No, the data frame will assume the coord sys of the first layer added to it, if this is a new mxd.

Most web layers are in that Web Ax sphere thingy. But WGS84 based (the underlying datum / spheroid).

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Try redefining the data to Esri's version of the coordinate system. If the GCS or datum names don't match, it won't find the available transformations.