Currently I have a polyline shapefile that has decimal degree coordinate (Geographic Coordinate System), however I am going to change it to UTM (Projected Coordinate System) using ArcMap.

Does ArcMap has a tool to convert this coordinate system?


You can use the "project tool". This will reproject your dataset into another coordinate system. This tool will create a new version of the dataset into the required CRS.

If you just need to change the dataframes reference system, you can do this by right-clicking the dataframe > properties> coordinate system. This will change the dataframe only. Please see this link for more information.

  • You have referenced ArcGIS Pro documentation when the user is using the ArcGIS Desktop 10.x architecture. – PolyGeo Feb 20 '17 at 9:43
  • @MacroZED : I've been trying as your suggestion, however unfortunately the polyline shapefile still has coordinate value of decimal degree, what I am trying actually is to transform the coordinate value from decimal degree to meter (utm), since it is a polyline definetely it has infinite of coordinate points, therefore I need some tool to change it by automatically. – RoyD_Hyd Feb 20 '17 at 13:24
  • You need to edit the question, as that is not what youre asking. Once you reproject it, then you can calculate the X/Yvalues into metres. – MacroZED Feb 20 '17 at 15:33
  • An esri polyline does not have infinite points, only a finite series of points that comprise the polyline. If you tried the "change the data frame's coordinate system", you may need to also change the display's units. Data frame properties > general tab > display units. If you need a permanent version of data in UTM, use the Project tool. – mkennedy Feb 20 '17 at 20:16
  • @ MacroZED : Thank you so much for your precious input to my problem :) , I don't know why, sometimes I always get issue in the GIS coordinate part. Anyway I will let you know if the issue is solved. Thanks :) – – RoyD_Hyd Feb 21 '17 at 5:44

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