OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition

Select Geographic Coordinate System Dialog

Used to select a geographic coordinate system (GCS) from the predefined library supplied with OpenRail Designer. This is useful when:

  • Existing data was drawn in a geographic coordinate system (for example a state plane or country grid coordinate system) and you want to make OpenRail Designer aware of that GCS.
  • Data is correctly drawn in one specified GCS, but you want to reproject that data to a different GCS.
  • You want to designate the GCS for a new design file.
You can access this dialog from the following:
  • Geographic Coordinate System dialog: select the From Library icon

Library tab The Library tab contains categorized geographic coordinate systems.
Search tab The Search tab contains controls for searching for geographic coordinate systems.

Select Geographic Coordinate System Dialog, Library Tab

Contains controls for selecting a geographic coordinate system (GCS) from a tree showing groups of geographic coordinate systems.

Select Geographic Coordinate System, Library tab

Favorites Contains the geographic coordinate systems you or an administrator set aside for quick access. You can add and remove geographic coordinate systems from the Favorites folder.

To Select a Geographic Coordinate System from the Library

  1. In the Geographic Coordinate System dialog, select the From Library icon.

    The Select Geographic Coordinate System dialog opens.

  2. Do one of the following:

    Expand the Library and double-click a GCS.


    Select a GCS and click OK.

To Add a Geographic Coordinate System to the Favorites Folder

Do one of the following:

Select a geographic coordinate system from the Library folder and drag it to the Favorites folder.


Right-click a GCS and select Add To Favorites from the pop-up menu.

Select Geographic Coordinate System Dialog, Search Tab

Contains controls to quickly locate a geographic coordinate system (GCS) in the library by entering a string expected to be in the name, description, source, datum or ellipsoid name. If the string contains more than one word, results are ranked according to number of matching words. Search strings are not case sensitive, but matches containing the exact string entered are ranked higher.

  • To sort the results, click a column heading. The results are sorted in ascending or descending order according to the contents of that column. Click the column heading again to sort in the opposite order.
  • To rearrange the columns, click and drag a column heading to a new location.
  • To select a GCS, double-click its name, or select it and click OK.

Select Geographic Coordinate System, Search tab

Search Text Defines the search string.
Any Word Specifies that results can contain any word in the string.
All Words Specifies that results must contain all words in the string.
Find Now Starts the search.
Stop Stops the search.
Results Displays all the geographic coordinate systems by key name and description, units, projection, EPSG codes, datum and ellipsoid names.

Linear units (such as meters) are displayed because some of the GCS parameters are linear measures or Cartesian coordinates, such as False Easting and False Northing, and because projection mathematics need the units of Cartesian coordinates that serve as inputs to or outputs from the calculations. OpenRail Designer’s unit system is capable of converting linear units in your model to those of any projected geographic coordinate system, so the units of the GCS need not match the units of your model. When two geographic coordinate systems differ only in units (for example, two Pennsylvania State Plane North entries, one in meters, the other in survey feet), either can be chosen and the same results are given. If the file will be used in Bentley Map V8 XM Edition or earlier, select the GCS with linear units matching the model.

Add To Favorites Adds the selected GCS to the Favorites folder on the Library tab.
Properties Displays properties of the selected GCS in the Geographic Coordinate System Properties dialog.