I am basic user of GIS. I have a project in Rwanda and have received CAD information in a coordinate system I am unaware of. In addition this isn't the first time I have come across similar references for similar areas. Can anyone work out the coordinate system from these coordinates:

  • decimal degrees -2.2710, 30.2612
  • unknown system 529041.54, 4748727.20
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    Probably the decimal degree are in WGS84, you can try to insert into google earth and check if they are in the right position.
    – riflo
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 13:15

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I think I've found the coordinate system you're looking for. Your unknown coordinate reference system seems to be referred to in Rwanda as ITRF 2005 / TM Rwanda. It is a projected coordinate system using Transverse Mercator with the following parameters :

False Easting : 500,000
False Northing : 5,000,000
Central meridian : 30
Latitude of origin : 0
Scale factor : 0.9999
Linear unit : Meter
Geographic Coordinate System: GCS_ITRF_2005
Datum: D_ITRF_2005

The crs is mentioned in some ESRI Rwanda documents such as this one and is used by local government in some web services. The ESRI-style WKT for that crs is:


And the proj4 string would be:

+proj=tmerc +lat_0=0 +lon_0=30 +k=0.9999 +x_0=500000 +y_0=5000000 +ellps=GRS80 +towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

(Note: I did not use any transformation between ITRF2005 and WGS84)

With these assumptions, in decimal degrees, your example unknown point is located at lat,lon: -2.2726260, 30.2611137:

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