I'm using ogr2ogr to transform an AutoCAD (DXF) file to GeoJSON. The GeoJSON file is generated, but with very large coordinates, for example "coordinates": [ [ [ 6319.645968701713173, 9523.353045375093643, 0.0 ].

This probably comes from the fact that the DXF file has no notion of coordinates, only dimensions (very large ones). I would like to "transform" those arbitrary coordinates to standard EPSG:4326 coordinates, by scaling them down. I have no preference on where it will get displayed on the final map, but I need this coordinates to fit in a fixed bounds.

I did not find any ogr2ogr method to "scale down" coordinates, any idea on how I could do this?

  • Most GIS packages are better at real-world conversons than arbitrary ones. Scaling arbitrary Cartesian coordinates into degrees is particularly error-prone.
    – Vince
    Oct 14, 2021 at 15:20
  • @Vince I know about that, but let's say we fix an "origin" point, if we just compute the position, based on a transformation method from my arbitrary coordinates to a metric system, with the origin it should be doable ? Maybe no such tool exist, but with a combination of existing tools (I've used turf in the past, which offer the ability to add point at specific length) Oct 14, 2021 at 15:51

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Not only do you have to convert, you also have to transform. You take a (any) metric system and transform according to EPSG: 4326.

ogr2ogr -skipfailures  --config DXF_MERGE_BLOCK_GEOMETRIES FALSE  ^
    --config DXF_ENCODING "CP1252" -sql "select *, ogr_style from entities"  -nln "entities"  -f "GeoJSON"  ^
    -s_srs "EPSG:27398"  ^
    -t_srs "EPSG:4326" ^
    "target.GeoJSON" "source.dxf" 

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