Bug report #14603

Wrong CRS attributed to a raster exported with ArcMap

Added by Jérôme Guélat over 4 years ago. Updated about 4 years ago.

Category:Projection Support
Affected QGIS version:2.14.0 Regression?:No
Operating System:Windows Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:22569


Here's a more detailed description:

1. Export a raster (TIFF) with ArcMap 10. The CRS is the "old" Swiss CRS (EPSG: 21781).
2. Open a QGIS project containing only data with CRS = EPSG 21781, the project CRS is also 21781.
3. Add the raster... Its CRS is now 10001, it is rotated and displayed at a wrong location.

I have the feeling that ArcMap is using a non-standard definition of this CRS... However I only had problems with QGIS. I'm also using this raster in R and everything was displayed correctly (R also uses GDAL 2). A smaller version of the raster file is attached to this issue (but the problem is not specific to this file).

Of course everything is OK again if I manually change the CRS of the raster to 21781 in QGIS.

raster.zip (14.7 KB) Jérôme Guélat, 2016-04-01 06:38 AM


#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Feedback

I suggest to close tis as invalid. See below.

QGIS when it opens a raster do not "attribute" any CRS, it just reads the CRS from the datasource, in this case the raster created by arcmap.

This is the CRS definition of the raster you attached:

+proj=omerc +lat_0=46.95240555555556 +lonc=7.439583333333333 +alpha=90 +k=1 +x_0=600000 +y_0=200000 +no_uoff +gamma=0 +ellps=bessel +towgs84=674.4,15.1,405.3,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

And this is the definition of EPSG 21781 - http://spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/21781/

+proj=somerc +lat_0=46.95240555555556 +lon_0=7.439583333333333 +k_0=1 +x_0=600000 +y_0=200000 +ellps=bessel +towgs84=674.374,15.056,405.346,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

so no surprise that QGIS do not recognize it as 21781. So it seems you are right in the first place, is AM that do not use a standard definition.

#2 Updated by Jérôme Guélat about 4 years ago

Thanks for looking into this!

I agree that this is an ArcMap problem... but it is pretty annoying for people using both softwares in Switzerland. It also seems that other softwares using GDAL (R for instance) are able to apply the correct projection (or at least to show the data at the right place).

Then maybe this could be filed as a feature request instead of a bug. What do you think?

#3 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

closed in favor of #14871

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