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I have a script that goes through all the rasters in a particular folder and then reprojects it to another coordinate system, using arcpy.

My problem is that i keep on getting the following ERROR 000365: Invalid geographic transformation.

My code fails on this line

        arcpy.ProjectRaster_management(raster, in_memoryLayer, "British National Grid.prj","#", "#", transformation,"#", "#")

I have set the transformation to the following

transformation = "OSGB_1936_To_WGS_1984_7"

and have also tried

transformation = "PROJCS['British_National_Grid',GEOGCS['GCS_OSGB_1936',DATUM['D_OSGB_1936',SPHEROID['Airy_1830',6377563.396,299.3249646]],PRIMEM['Greenwich',0.0],UNIT['Degree',0.0174532925199433]],PROJECTION['Transverse_Mercator'],PARAMETER['False_Easting',400000.0],PARAMETER['False_Northing',-100000.0],PARAMETER['Central_Meridian',-2.0],PARAMETER['Scale_Factor',0.9996012717],PARAMETER['Latitude_Of_Origin',49.0],UNIT['Meter',1.0]]", "NEAREST", "0.516860387597052", "OSGB_1936_To_WGS_1984_7", "", "GEOGCS['GCS_WGS_1984',DATUM['D_WGS_1984',SPHEROID['WGS_1984',6378137.0,298.257223563]],PRIMEM['Greenwich',0.0],UNIT['Degree',0.0174532925199433],METADATA['World',-180.0,-90.0,180.0,90.0,0.0,0.0174532925199433,0.0,1262]]"

I got the above from exporting a model from modelbuilder.

but i still get the error.

EDIT: Here is the code for the ProjectRaster tool that is exported from ModelBuilder

arcpy.ProjectRaster_management(inputRaster, convertedRaster, "PROJCS['British_National_Grid',GEOGCS['GCS_OSGB_1936',DATUM['D_OSGB_1936',SPHEROID['Airy_1830',6377563.396,299.3249646]],PRIMEM['Greenwich',0.0],UNIT['Degree',0.0174532925199433]],PROJECTION['Transverse_Mercator'],PARAMETER['False_Easting',400000.0],PARAMETER['False_Northing',-100000.0],PARAMETER['Central_Meridian',-2.0],PARAMETER['Scale_Factor',0.9996012717],PARAMETER['Latitude_Of_Origin',49.0],UNIT['Meter',1.0]]", "NEAREST", "0.521227542928997", "OSGB_1936_To_WGS_1984_7", "", "GEOGCS['GCS_WGS_1984',DATUM['D_WGS_1984',SPHEROID['WGS_1984',6378137.0,298.257223563]],PRIMEM['Greenwich',0.0],UNIT['Degree',0.0174532925199433],METADATA['World',-180.0,-90.0,180.0,90.0,0.0,0.0174532925199433,0.0,1262]]")

The above does not work when running from python, but the model itself does.

Any advice on where I'm going wrong?


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Have you tried running it without using in_memory inputs and outputs? I know the regular project tool cannot use in_memory datasets for inputs and outputs. –  dmahr Mar 6 '13 at 18:33
Try using the full path of the projection, e.g. "c:/ArcGIS/projections and coordinates or whatever/British National Grid.prj" –  Jason Mar 6 '13 at 21:42
@dmahr, tried that, made no difference –  Halil Siddique Mar 7 '13 at 12:58
@Jason, tried that aswell, no difference, I can get it to work when I use modelbuilder but once exported it, i get the error. –  Halil Siddique Mar 7 '13 at 12:59
Do you have the NTv2 grid installed? If not you need to download it (below) and put it in ArcGIS install, pedata/ntv2/uk: ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/support/os-net/… –  mkennedy Mar 7 '13 at 16:18

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Halil, check your transformation, OSGB_1936_To_WGS_1984_7, against the list of valid transformations: C:\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Documentation\geographic_transformations.pdf.

It is not listed in version of the document I have; only the following transformations for OSGB are valid:

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Isn't there a spatial reference class method at 10.1 that lets you feed in 2 layers and it will return a list of the acceptable transformations between the 2? I'm not on 10.1 and I cannot find it in the docs right now. –  Chad Cooper Mar 7 '13 at 15:10
This is an old list. The document was updated at 10.1. –  mkennedy Mar 7 '13 at 16:23
He should still check it, unless you are saying that you already have and it exists in the 10.1 document. –  Jason Mar 7 '13 at 18:22
@Jason, its in the 10.1 document. I think I might just stick with creating a model that iterates through my files as we know it works. –  Halil Siddique Mar 7 '13 at 21:15
Chad, the tool you are looking for is: gis.stackexchange.com/a/49119/10919 AND resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//… –  Tom Dec 16 '13 at 23:34

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