The UTM coordinates in the southern hemisphere

In response to a request made by Anahí from Bolivia I have created a file that contains the UTM areas of South America, which can be very useful for educational purposes, although I recommend reading the post «understanding the UTM coordinates«.

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By opening the file using Google Earth, the implication of the UtM zones can be easily explained in a class.

To see the UTM zones, click on «Tools / options / 3D view» then in the field «show lat / long», choose «Universal Traverso de Mercator»

To show the grid, it becomes «see / grid» or CTRL + L

Regions Indifferent So we can see that the southern cone countries are in these UTM zones:

  • Peru: 17,18,19
  • Bolivia: 19,20,21
  • Argentina: 18,19.20,21,22
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  • Paraguay: 20,21
  • Uruguay: 21,22
  • Brazil: from 18 to 25
  • The case of Ecuador remains in the 17 and 18 zones, but with segments in the northern and southern hemispheres.
  • Colombia is between the zones 17, 18 and 19 and also has in the two hemispheres
  • Venezuela is only in the Northern Hemisphere, between the 18, 19, 20 and 21 zones
  • and Guyanas and Suriname are between the 20, 21 and 22 zones

This last image shows Bolivia, which is between the 19,20 and 21 zones; the point marked in red is a clear example of a coordinate that is in the 19 zone, in Lake Poopó and that has the same length and latitude in zone 20 in the plain of the Great Chaco.

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Here you can download the kmz file, which you can open with Google Earth:

If you are interested in having all the zones, in the following link you can acquire a file that contains all the UTM zones. Includes the areas:

you can acquire it with credit card or Paypal

43 Replies to "The UTM coordinates in the southern hemisphere"

  1. Cordial greeting appreciated Ing.
    Thank you, your concepts are very valuable.

  2. How do I write the 699051.00 10116907.00 coordinates located in a sector of the Rioverde canton, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador

  3. Hello, I see the topic of Global Mapper very interesting, I would like to know how I determine in which area an area of ​​interest located in Colombia is located. Thank you

  4. We are working in the Paraguayan Chaco between grades 60 and 62 degrees of Longitude and 22 degrees of latutud. very close to the change of zone between the 21 and the 20, but within the 20. We have made a bell for assigning coordinates through satellite GPS of points distant from each other approximately 3.000 meters. Parallel to that on the same extreme points we have made round-trip polygonal (closed) with total station, we imposed a tolerance of 1 / 25.000 in planimetry and we have managed to close these polygonal within the tolerance. Based on one of the extreme points and assigning them the GPS coordinates and calculating the coordinates of the next extreme point with the angle and distance data of our polygonal made with total and reliable station as mentioned above, we are not finding Differences close to one meter between the coordinates calculated and those obtained by the GPS, this difference is considered to be very large. If someone could tell me how I could solve this problem.

    regards

  5. VERY INTERESTING YOUR APPRECIATION, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COLLABORATION. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK A LITTLE BIT IN THE QUESTION, AS THE PRECEDES RECORDED BEFORE THE YEAR 70 WAS ONLY WITH A CROQUIS AFTER WERE PLANNED WITH PERIMETRIC MEDIATES NOW NOW THE PLANES WORK WITH UTM COORDINATES, THEN THE PRESENTATION OF MY PREDIO THAT FOR REASONS X NOT JOINTLY INSCRIBED WITH THE NEIGHBORS IN THAT TIME IT HAPPENS THAT THE REVISION BY CATASTRO INDICATE TO ME THAT IS DISPLACED OR OVERLAPPED ON THE PREFERRED HOLIDAYS THE SAME THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY ENROLLED THAT REVISED THE LEGAJO FIND A PLAN WITHOUT COORDINATE THE SAME AS NOT CONFORM TO THE CURRENT COORDINATE WHY MIGHT HAVE THE AREA ITSELF AND pERIMETER MEASURES BUT THAT IS DISPLACED IS THIS PLANE AND NOT MINE BECAUSE IT HAS GREATER ACCURACY, conversed WITH presonal AREA CATASTRO ME INDICATE THAT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WOULD HAVE TO UPDATE THE CATASTRO IN PUBLIC RECORDS OF ALL THE PREMISES REGISTERED WITH ANTERIORID AD cadastre NEW, NOW I NEED TO KNOW WELL HOW TO SOLVE IS IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND THE TRUTH I would be grateful INFINITELY Submit AREA CONCEPTS overlay, GRAPHIC OFFSET, why not find much theory on this topic. YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO DEVELOP A THESIS. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS ME.

  6. In any case that the registration of a new property affects geometrically to one already registered, it does not matter if it was measured with less or greater precision, it requires a modification in which it must be quoted to both owners.
    Surely the registration procedure will indicate that a reification of both is a rectification of measures as the reality will reflect that there was a problem of measurement for using different methods of removal or a conflict of tenure between the two.

  7. Thank you for this interesting information.
    I am doing my thesis on overlap of area that affects the inscription of properties in SUNARP Arequipa. 2010-2011
    It is the case that now the plans are worked on UTM coordinates and COFOPRI entity responsible for issuing cadastral certificates for registration in public records and at the time of qualification in cadastre of Public Records of Arequipa they tell me that it is partially overlaid with a property adjoining, and and and notify me with the observation in which it is treated that the documentation presented is superimposed cparcially with the adjoining property that was already registered with a tax cadastre that was not prepared in UTM coordinates, the question is how to solve This problem without rectifying the area because I am not the owner of the other land overlapping property, it would be necessary to update the cadastre already registered. PLEASE SEND ME THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK ON AREA SUPERPOSITION AND THE MOST CLOSED SOLUTION TO THE RESEARCH PROBLEM. THANK YOU

  8. I am new to this area issue as it is a surprise, so much so that I did not even know that such zones existed.

    I would also like to know if there is agun program or formula to change from an 17 zone to the 18 zone ...

    The job asks me as a pre-professional presentation for the MEN.

    Thank you friends for your response in advance.

  9. It's funny you know a lot of information with you ..

    But nesecito helps friends ... I want to know how I can present my field survey plan that is just between the 17 Zone and 18 ... since I have to present indicating the zones and at the same time I have to place the coordinates on the side of the drawing ...

    Greetings Cross

  10. I congratulate you for your apollo to everyone in this branch of geodesy that is very interesting today thanks
    humbrto obando de lima - peru

  11. Dear I want to know how to convert from flat or topographical coordinates to utm in 18 zone peru

  12. The link that appears at the end of this post, allows you to download all areas of the southern hemisphere in kml format, you can convert them to shp with any GIS program such as ArcGIS or gvSIG.

  13. what I am looking for is the limit of these areas especially for Peru .... I want the limit of these zones (17,18 and 19) in format shapefile .... thanks beforehand who can help me

  14. Congratulations on keeping this space devoted to this type of issues,
    I have been very useful your contributions.
    Excuse me for wanting to "take advantage" of their knowledge, but I need to convert AutoCAD files .dwg to KML type, to be able to visualize them in GOOGLE EARTH
    Greetings titobam

  15. when a topographic survey is taking place eg: venezuela guarico state and in the path we start with zone 19 and in the path changes to zone 20 when drawing there is a displacement in the coordinates of more or less of 500.000 to 600.000 mts of difference. The question is how do I compensate for this demapment so that when drawing by coordinates the points do not differ or the formula to apply that correction so that the plane is consistent points?
    _______20___

    19

    ex: COORDINATES N-1041699.00 - E-170555.00 ZONA 20
    COORDINATES N-1041706.00 - E-829452.00 ZONE 19

  16. I need to know what the utm zones of Venezuela are.

  17. Hello Jimmy, to place UTM coordinates, I recommend you use Plex.mark , is a very practical and free application.

    If you mean to change the visualization, to not see the geographical coordinates or utm, what you have to do is change it in the options

    The difference that is seen, is not in the coordinates, but in the images. Splicing errors between images show the imprecise which is the image of Google Earth, so the coordinate is correct but the image is displaced.

  18. Thanks x your rpta, I would like to know how you could place a mark using UTM coordinates, since by default it brings the geographical coordinates,
    To be able to georeference it in a GIS program.
    Also using some coordinate converters from degrees to UTM differ greatly from what is shown in Google earth, because ?.

    Thank you

  19. Thanks for answering so fast, but I still have the doubt of whether it is the same as what was obtained in Google Earth. That is, if in Google Earth I read, 18 H 673570 m E // 5921730 m S, I can report without problems as 18 H 673570 m E // 5921730 m N ?, or do I need to do some transformation ?.
    Thanks for your time.

  20. That's right, it is handled North and East, but it is understood that it is in the Southern Hemisphere

  21. Hello:

    A query, in Chile UTM North and East coordinates are requested to set a point, but if I see in Google Earth, the coordendas appear as S and E. Is it the same or do you have to make a conversion ?.
    In advance, thank you very much.
    Greetings.

    -.gg.-

  22. To all of the group of ing aranibar q came here to take the task d the help you tell them are a few lads lol

  23. Thank you, thank you very much. They do not know how much they have helped me. Thank you

  24. The coordinates are fine, what has errors is the satellite image of more than 30 meters, so it does not match a precise survey with that data.

  25. the coordinates in google earth are displaced, they are not exact

  26. you go to google earth, you write mar de huacho, peru

    then you enter

    Then you move to the place of that area that interests you and read the coordinates below

  27. I need the Long coordinates. and latitude, of the sea of ​​Huacho (PERU)

  28. Thanks, the correction is correct. I have already made the necessary adjustment.

  29. Peru is located in the zones 17, 18 and 19. there is a mistake with what you have posted.
    It is a good contribution for all who seek this kind of information thanks.

  30. enter google earth, write that in the search engine, and then identify the area where you think the center is

  31. I would need the Long coordinates. and latitude, of the approximate center of CAMPO CLARO (Tarragona)

  32. What a wonderful thing, super configuration trick ... I spent hours searching UTM maps with good resolution ...

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