# Convert lat/lon into meters

I have a database of latitude, longitude and radius in the following form:

``````48180759,11518950,19.0
``````

Both latitude and longitude are expressed in degrees but then multiplied by 1e6 (or 1000000). Radius, on the other hand, are expressed in meters. What I am trying to do is convert lat/lon into meters so that I can use geometric functions more accurately, especially the one that looks for intersects (overlaps between points).

EDIT: Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a complete answer. At least, not in this web site. I will use Python for this task. As for the precision, I would like to have as best as possible (a few centimeters deviation at most).

Any ideas?

• This question is asked quite frequently. Could you search on "convert lat lon" and review the existing answers? If there aren't any matches, then you'll need to update this question with the GIS software or programming language you intend to use, with an indication of the kind of precision you'll need (to determine if a spherical or spheroidal solution is needed). Dec 11, 2014 at 12:10
• Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a complete answer. At least, not in this web site. I will use python for this task. As for the precision, I would like to have as best as possible (a few centimeters deviation only). Dec 11, 2014 at 13:05
• Please update the question, so that those who would answer don't need to mine the comments for critical information. Dec 11, 2014 at 13:16
• radius = 19 ? This is more likely the height above ellipsoid (or you are not on Earth). Note that for accurate projection you need to know the coordinate system that you are in (e.g. WGS 84) otherwise your efforts for precision will be vain. Could you please add more information about the context of your problem, otherwise there is no good answer. Dec 11, 2014 at 14:01
• I am not familiar with GIS systems at all, however, I confirm that all data are based on the WGS 84 Ellipsoid coordinate system. A 19 meter radius here means that the actual point could be anywhere within a cycle with center (48.180759 lat, 11.518950 lon) (expressed in decimal degrees) and 19 radius (expressed in meters). Dec 11, 2014 at 14:29