I've got a .csv file which lists boreholes and their x & y coordinate information in NAD27. I was wondering if there is a way to use QGIS when transforming the coordinate information into WGS84. The desired end product would be a .csv file where all boreholes are specified in the wgs84 system.


You can import your file using the CSV reader (look for the comma icon on the left) and then select the new layer, right click and choose save as. Then pick csv as your output format. Type a new file name in, change the CRS drop down to WGS84 (EPSG:4326), and then scroll down the page to GEOMETRY and select AS_XY and then click OK.

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  • Thanks for your answer! Unfortunately, the new x/y values in the first two columns are the exact copies of the values which had to be transformed... The crs of the project is nad72 and I imported the csv file as nad72 also. On the fly transformation is also turned off. I think I am doing something wrong when importing the csv file, could there be a problem around there? – Thomas Smits Sep 21 '17 at 11:09
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    The values in the attribute table won't change with reprojecting. After reprojecting, you have to add new fields of type real and precision greater than zero with $x and $y as field content. Note that reprojecting NAD27 to WGS84 may not work outside of USA and Canada. – AndreJ Sep 21 '17 at 11:33
  • When I do this I end up with new cols x_1 and y_1 with the old values in and new values in x & y. There may not be much change with NAD72 to WGS84 depending on where your data is – Ian Turton Sep 21 '17 at 12:04
  • BTW make sure to put latitudes in Y and western longitudes with negative sign in X. – AndreJ Sep 22 '17 at 5:24

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