Base Coordinate System RS2

Got a totally n00b question. I am attempting to use the Reach2 manual mode parking over a Known NSRS control point. The datasheet i have for the point has coordinates in nad83(2011). Creating the new survey project in reach view 3 in the coordinate system is easy but i am having an issue trying to declare the coord system of the base (as the project has a nastygram to set the base to the same coordinate system). Under Settings>Bae Mode configure its easy enough to declare a manual fix, and plug in coords but I don’t see anywhere to set it from WGS84 to NAD83 for input.

How do you set the coordinate system that the base is going to be sending corrections in and how do you declare what coord system the coords youre plugging Just plugging in NAD83(2011) in a field that is expecting WGS84

Hi Ben,

Your question is more than ok :slightly_smiling_face:

You don’t need to define the base’s coordinates system anywhere. It’s expecting neither WGS84 nor any other system. It’s expecting only geographic coordinates in any coordinate system they are.

So, just enter NAD83(2011) coordinates you have and choose the corresponding coordinate system for the project on the rover. It’ll work the right way.

Ohhhh Thank you so very much!!! Sorry i need just a quick clarification

When you say “rover”, you mean in the survey tab of Reachview 3 on the phone or tablet you are using WITH the rover or is there someplace inside the rover that it is set at well?


In general, I mean the second Reach RS2 you collect points with. But if we’re about choosing the coordinate system for the project, I mean the Survey tab in ReachView 3.

By the way, if you need to collect points in NAD83, you’ll need to choose the Global CS option there. If your base is set up in NAD83, the Global CS option will provide you with NAD83 coordinates as well.

Do you change the Base Mode format to XYZ? And then you can run State Plane on NAD83?

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Don’t get what you mean, sorry. Is it a request for having base coordinates in meters?

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If I’m using a local base and want to set up my project in USft State Plane I need to have the NAD83 coordinates but I’m not understanding if I should enter that as xyz or wgs84.

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In reach view base mode, you can enter the NAD83 coordinates as either XYZ or decimal degrees (LLH). Whichever is simpler.

I believe the reach will transmit the base coordinates in RTCM as XYZ, but the software will convert between llh and XYZ using the WGS84 ellipsoid (I assume). The difference between the WGS84 ellipsoid and the GRS80 ellipsoid (NAD83) is about 2mm at the poles, but this conversion would generally result in a sub-mm error at user latitudes (meaning using the WGS84 ellipsoid when technically a GRS80 should be used if the coordinates are in NAD83). Note: what this is talking about is the mathematical process of converting NAD83 LAT LON ELEV (LLH) coordinates to Earth Centered, Earth Fixed XYZ coordinates. This is not talking about the process of converting WGS84 measurements taken in 2022 with NAD83(2011) more on that below.

Here’s why this works: RTK uses double differencing of the Base and Rover satellite observations. This equation returns a difference in X, Y, Z (delta X, delta Y, and Delta Z). So if your base is in NAD83(2011), the delta X, delta Y, delta Z from the observations is added to the base and gives you a new X, Y, Z for the observed point. This is where reach view 3 takes the new XYZ and converts it into your defined projection in your survey setup. But RV3 doesn’t know from the correction RTCM stream what the Datum of the base is in. In this case NAD83(2011) because it’s the datum from data sheet. So your new point is also NAD83(2011). Because the CRS you choose in RV3 expects a certain datum, it reminds you to double check.

For this specific reference frame, NAD83 (2011) all passive marks in the US were updated to their geographic location aligned with WGS84 on 1 Jan 2010. So if you traveled back in time and set your GPS on the passive mark on that date and ran PPP on the observation results, it would line up exactly (within equipment error). But if you returned to the same passive mark now 10+ years in the future and ran PPP, you would get the NAD83(2011) location plus the change in position by tectonic or other seismic movement since that time. This new location would be the Epoch that you measured it, so if now NAD83 2022.0. I believe the data sheets also gives the local velocity of the point so that if you needed to convert between observations taken in different years then you can. Depending on the movement of the tectonic plate you are on this can add up and is more than the error of modern GNSS equipment. Didn’t use to be a problem when GPS was ± 10m. This is why you cannot directly compare/convert WGS84 to NAD83 without knowing the Epoch that each observation occurred in and the local velocity grid.

The reason I bring all of this up is that it helps in understanding that the conversion happening in the base mode page between XYZ and LLH is just a mathematical ellipsoid transformation and not the same thing as conversion between WGS84 and NAD83 or even two WGS84 observations taken in different years. So you can enter it as either XYZ or LLH. Which is why Emlid states it can be geographic coordinates in any datum (with an assumption that the ellipsoid of your datum is close enough to WGS84 to not make a measurable difference in your final results) and your results will be in the same datum as you put in.


Hi there,

@Africawaterdoc, I couldn’t explain better!

In conclusion, Michael, if you have NAD83 coordinates, you can enter them for the base and work in any coordinate system based on NAD83 on the rover.

We’ll think about how to make it more straightforward in the app.


Thank you all for your replies and questions! That helped a LOT!

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Hi everyone,
I am a surveyor from West Africa and I want to order KIT RS2 next month.
I am very confused about the Emlid coordinate system if anyone can help me i will be grateful.
In my country all reference points are in coordinates (x,y,z).
According to the configuration videos and pictures that i saw on the Emlid site.
I noted each time that the coordinates of the base are in degrees, this situation worries me a lot.
I would like to know if it is possible to manually enter the coordinates of the base in (x,y,z).

Do you mean ECEF here?

Hi Soumaila,

Base coordinates indeed should be in degrees. But usually, it’s not an issue as it’s easy to convert. What is the coordinate system of reference points in your country? I’ll help you to set up the base correctly.

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Hi Svetlana,
Sory for the delay.
We are use two systems.
Systeme geodesique:WGS84
Projection :UTM UPS
Système géodésique:Adindan
Elipsoide Clark 1880.

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Hi Soumaila,

It’s easier than I thought!

So, to work in WGS84 / UPS North or South projection, you need to set up the base in WGS84.

And to work in any Adindan / UTM Zon, the base should be in Adindan coordinates.

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