I am trying to convert the data in an Excel sheet from dms (degree-minute-second) to dd (decimal degree) format using the vba script available here.

Here is sample data:

53° 0'  39.31"  6° 44'  50.14"
52° 59'  51.43" 6° 46'   0.02"

In the Excel sheet, this code is working:

=Convert_Decimal("10° 27' 36""")

but this is not working:


The error is #value!

I want rows in excel in dd format. Alternatively I want to convert this Excel file into a database but the format must be dd.

Any suggestions anyone?

  • You might be right but that is NOT my question. Extracting the value from one cell of excel is precisely where the error is ... i have to convert over 32000 rows. – Abhijit Gujar Aug 18 '14 at 19:07
  • Are the longitude and latitude values in separate fields? – mkennedy Aug 18 '14 at 19:31
  • yes dms lat and long are in separate column – Abhijit Gujar Aug 18 '14 at 19:36

Are the longitude and latitude values in separate fields? Because the Convert_Decimal function requires a single value.

After trying this myself, I think you were trying to convert the DMS values to DD in-place. That is, in the same column. Instead, use the script in a new column, referring to the one you want to convert. See image below where I have a DMS value in column C, and calculating its DD value into column B.

Microsoft Excel 2013 calculating a DD value from DMS

  • Per gis.SE standards, question should probably be closed or migrated due to general (not really GIS-specific) content. – mkennedy Aug 18 '14 at 19:41
  • mkenndy .. thanks for quick response and try . :) I appreciate . – Abhijit Gujar Aug 18 '14 at 19:53

It worked

I guess the problem was in the "degree" symbol which i replaced with "~" in the excel sheet and also in the vba code and bang !!! It worked !!!




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