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SDO_GEOMETRY and datum transformations

Question asked by firkinim on Apr 4, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 8, 2013 by firkinim
Hello all,

We have a 10.0 SDE instance, with Oracle 11.1.0.7 as the underlying dbms.  Our data is stored in Oracle's SDO_Geometry format, with an Oracle SRID of 4326 (WGS84 Geographic).  Everything works fine, performance is good, but we have a problem with datum transformations.

Our users frequently want to view and map the data in one or more UTM zones, using Nad27 as their datum.  ArcMap will project the data with no problem, but it does not populate the datum transformations list:

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Two solutions I've considered:

1.  Manually define the transformation.  This is no problem, but is there any way to persist this?  I don't think we could rely on our users to do this correctly and consistently.

2.  Create a custom SDO datum, using the ESRI datum name.  To the best of my knowledge, the definitions for both versions of the WGS84 datums are the same, but they have different names(the ESRI version is called "GCS_WGS_1984", while Oracle's version is "WGS 84").  I had considered entering a custom datum into the Oracle SDO_DATUMS table, with the same definition, but using the ESRI name, to try and "trick" ArcMap into using the same transforms.  I have no idea if this would work, though.

I'm not sure how to proceed here, but I feel like both of these solutions are convoluted, and I must be missing something obvious.

Has anyone dealt with this issue?

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