I ran the AddXY Coordinates tool on a feature class that did not have any coordinates fields. I now have two fields "POINT_X" and "POINT_Y". My objective is to convert the value in those two fields into degrees/minutes/seconds. I have tried the Convert Coordinate Notation tool but I always get empty fields in for the coordinates. Here is an example of what I am running:

arcpy.ConvertCoordinateNotation_management ("Orchids_Layer", "Orchids.shp", "POINT_X", "POINT_Y", "DD_2", "DMS_2","","",sr)

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The image shows you the results I get from trying to convert "POINT_X" and "POINT_Y" using the above code. My input file's spatial reference is 'GDA_1994_MGA_Zone_56'.

What am I doing wrong?

  • I've never used this tool before but it looks like those X/Y values are Easting/Northings not Latitude/Longitudes. Your input_coordinate_format argument, "DD_2", refers to Longitude/Latitude so may be incorrect.
    – nwduncan
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 4:36

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You are using a wrong tool. The Convert Coordinate Notation tool doesn't support the coordinate system you are using. You should be using the Add Geometry Attributes tool instead.

arcpy.management.AddGeometryAttributes("Features_", "POINT_X_Y_Z_M", 
                                       None, None, 

This will add (or in your case, overwrite) two new fields, POINT_X and POINT_Y to your feature class with the coordinates in DD format (WGS84 coordinate system). If you wish to get coordinates in DMS, now you can use the Convert Coordinate Notation tool.


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