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I got a postGIS error like this,

ERROR:  transform: couldn't project point (100.496 13.7118 0): latitude or longitude exceeded limits (-14)
SELECT ST_Length(ST_Transform(ST_GeomFromText(E'LINESTRING(100.495995129 13.7117836894,100.495962221169 13.7117761471941)',4326),27700));

This lat/lng comes from Bangok, Thailand and the 27700 is a british national grid. Do you think this casued the problem? May I mention that problems like this did not occur when I got lat/lng from Spain or USA.

Any input would be much appreciated. Kind regards, A

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Related… – Mapperz Sep 14 '12 at 15:44
What's the E in E'LINESTRING': typo or something I don't recognize? – andytilia Sep 14 '12 at 16:22
i just copied it from postgresql log file in which E indicates a string if I am not mistaken.. – Antony Sep 14 '12 at 17:02
Why are you trying to convert lat/lng from Bangkok, Thailand to British National Grid? That doesn't seem to make much sense - is there a specific reason? – CHenderson Sep 14 '12 at 19:07
Hi, I started testing in the UK but now it has gone global so I am trying to come around this problem. – Antony Sep 17 '12 at 9:10
up vote 5 down vote accepted

A guess: many implementations of transverse Mercator (used by British National Grid) can only be used with a limited range of longitudes centered on the projection's central meridian. Try converting to 32647 (WGS 84 UTM Zone 47North) instead to see if that's the issue.

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hi, i tried the 32647 and it still throws the same error. Thanks for your help though! – Antony Sep 14 '12 at 15:58
What versions of PostGIS and PROJ.4 are you using? Testing the suggested SRID 32647 works with PostGIS -trunk and PROJ.4 4.8.0 – dustymugs Sep 14 '12 at 18:38
Try swapping the coordinate order from lon/lat to lat/lon? That is, use 13.7118 100.496. – mkennedy Sep 14 '12 at 19:36
I just ran your query using 32647 and it worked fine: SELECT ST_Length(ST_Transform(ST_GeomFromText(E'LINESTRING(100.495995129 13.7117836894,100.495962221169 13.7117761471941)',4326),32647)); – Paul Ramsey Sep 14 '12 at 22:38
Hi, I tried it today and it worked, then I tried it again and it did not by throwing an error like this, ERROR: AddToPROJ4SRSCache: couldn't parse proj4 string: '+proj=utm +zone=47 +ellps=WGS84 +datum=WGS84 +units=m +no_defs ': latitude or longitude exceeded limits – Antony Sep 17 '12 at 8:57

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