In QGIS I want to transform a point shapefile from WGS84 to UTM32 (EPSG:4647). The result moves the point from somewhere in Norway to a position off the coast of Congo, Africa. Can anyone explain what's wrong?

  • What exactly are you doing? You have to use "save as" to transform a layer. If you simply change the system in its properties you use the same coordinate values but tell QGIS that they belong to a different system. I guess that's what's happened? Jan 19, 2016 at 14:35
  • @alex that is a valid EPSG code (4647). It has axes order of easting,northing and false northing is 32500000 meters.
    – mkennedy
    Jan 19, 2016 at 23:17

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As suggested by @bugmenot123, you have to save your layer as a new layer in order to take into account the new CRS you need. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Right-click on layer name in the Layers group (see screenshot below)
  • Select UTM32 as a CRS
  • Give your layer a new name > click OK
  • Add the new layer in QGIS and check your points position

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  • If you have used Set Layer CRS, you better switch it back before reprojecting with Save As .... Else you will still get wrong results.
    – AndreJ
    Jan 19, 2016 at 17:31

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