I need to find a simple program for Windows which transforms lat-long to UTM. I know that there a websites to do this, but this is for use with the emergency services. The forestry commision use gps hardware which gives coordinates in Lat-Long. The software back in the Emergency central have to use UTM. The software doesn´t transform coordinates. They have asked me to find a solution to do a quick conversion. I wouldn´t like to put lives at risk by using a website which could go offline just when we need it, so I would prefer an installed program. Any good ones out there?

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    Is it a nation wide service so that you can't use a fixed UTM zone but the program should recognize it first?
    – user30184
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 14:03
  • Will not be nation wide...just for a small regional emergency service. UTM Zone 32 only Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 14:06
  • What about programming the GPS to have UTM coordinates instead of WGS84 ? It would save you a conversion.
    – radouxju
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 14:21
  • Here is python code for a world wide converter osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/…
    – user30184
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 14:28
  • this seems to be ready to use download.cnet.com/UTM-Coordinate-Converter/…
    – radouxju
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 14:37

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There are a lot of potential solutions.

You could use QGIS or install Proj4 and GDAL and write a little script.

If you have PostGIS or some other free geospatial database, that would do too (SpatiaLite is lightwieght and could do the job).

  • I was hoping to not have to spend any time programming. I just need a simple exe. Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 13:59
  • Then use QGIS - no programming needed Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 6:30
  • To install QGIS for a simple coordinate transformation in text form is a bit too complicated for the user. I just want to transform a pair of text coordinates. Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 9:55

You can use for example the "gdaltransform" utility http://www.gdal.org/gdaltransform.html

Usage for EPSG:32632 (is this right?)

WGS 84 / UTM zone 32N

<32632> +proj=utm +zone=32 +datum=WGS84 +units=m +no_defs <>

gdaltransform -s_srs epsg:4326 -t_srs epsg:32632
6.12 20.32  #input as lon lat
199253.644766105 2249519.51282395 0

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