I am a software developer currently working on a project that relies heavily upon knowing if our position is within a defined region - specified as a polygon using a set of points to define a linear ring.

The points are defined using Eastings and Northings from the British Ordnance Survey OSGB36. We use a nuget (software) package called GeoUK to convert this into a WSG84 latitude and longitude using the code below:

public LatitudeLongitude returnLongLat(float flUKx, float flUKy) {

        var cartesian = GeoUK.Convert.ToCartesian(new Airy1830(),
            new BritishNationalGrid(),
            new EastingNorthing(

        var wgsCartesian = Transform.Osgb36ToEtrs89(cartesian);
        var longlat = GeoUK.Convert.ToLatitudeLongitude(new Wgs84(), wgsCartesian);
        return longlat;

When we look at the results of this on Google Maps / Earth however, we are noticing errors in the order of up to 5 meters - usually things are a couple of metres off...

I've seen suggestions that this is a just a fact of life with this particular transformation, but that sounds like something of a cop out.

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    Google Earth/Maps uses its own kind of coordinate system. Take a look here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/28018/… Aug 16, 2017 at 8:23
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    This page discusses the source of the problem (so helps you understand why it is happening) but gives a solution for ESRI software. How you resolve it in nuget I do know as I've never used that software.
    – Hornbydd
    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:13
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    There is a complex script here but does give good results movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong-os-gridref.html
    – Mapperz
    Aug 16, 2017 at 15:03
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    If no datum transformation was occurring, offset should be around 119 m. 5 m sounds like it could be that one of the more inaccurate tfm is being used. Perhaps a 3 parameter one, versus the 7 parameter in the reference that @Mapperz gave.
    – mkennedy
    Aug 16, 2017 at 22:53


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