How can I make sure that the coordinate transformations that I am applying using GDAL/OSR match transformations in ESRI/ArcGIS?

Specifically the ArcPy geometry function, projectAs when taking in the name of a transformation. When ArcGIS reprojects from ITRF2014 to NAD83(CSRS)v7 (EPSG:8255) with the transformation "ITRF2014_To_NAD_1983_CSRS_v7_7par", a point is generated ~30 ft away from the point generated by GDAL/OSR:

Original coordinate: -74.442799450000, 41.406811727778
ESRI point after transform: -74.4427951819612, 41.4068026527349
OGR point after transform: -74.44281012167299, 41.40671904426617

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Code used to generate the ODR point:

itrf = osr.SpatialReference()

to_nad = osr.SpatialReference()

opts = osr.CoordinateTransformationOptions()
transformer = osr.CreateCoordinateTransformation(itrf, to_nad, opts)

outpoint = ogr.Geometry(ogr.wkbPoint)

Code used to generate the Esri point

ITRF_SPATIAL_REF = arcpy.SpatialReference('ITRF2014.prj')
NAD_SPATIAL_REF= arcpy.SpatialReference(8255)

longitude = test_coords[0]
latitude = test_coords[1]
point = arcpy.Point(
return_point = arcpy.PointGeometry(point, ITRF_SPATIAL_REF).projectAs(NAD_SPATIAL_REF, "ITRF2014_To_NAD_1983_CSRS_v7_7par")

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After messaging the gdal-dev mailing list, I received this answer which resolved my issue:

You've likely used the coordinate order wrong. GDAL 3 honours by default authority (EPSG) axis order, so for EPSG this means lat/lon for geographic CRS.

So either switch your coordinate, or call itrf.SetAxisMappingStrategy(osr.OAMS_TRADITIONAL_GIS_ORDER) and to_nad.SetAxisMappingStrategy(osr.OAMS_TRADITIONAL_GIS_ORDER)

With that, you'll get the same results as Esri software

>>> print(outpoint)
POINT (-74.442810121673 41.4067190442662 0)

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