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Submitted: 30-07-2016
Published: 26-03-2017
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Most developing countries like Ghana are yet to adopt the geocentric datum for its surveying and mapping purposes. It is well known and documented that non-geocentric datums based on its establishment have more distortions in height compared with satellite datums. Most authors have argued that combining such height with horizontal positions (latitude and longitude) in the transformation process could introduce unwanted distortions to the network. This is because the local geodetic height in most cases is assumed to be determined to a lower accuracy compared with the horizontal positions. In the light of this, a transformation model was proposed by Featherstone and Vaníček (1999) which avoids the use of height in both global and local datums in coordinate transformation. It was confirmed that adopting such a method reduces the effect of distortions caused by geodetic height on the transformation parameters estimated. Therefore, this paper applied Featherstone and Vaníček (FV) model for the first time to a set of common points coordinates in Ghana geodetic reference network. The FV model was used to transform coordinates from global datum (WGS84) to local datum (Accra datum). The results obtained based on the Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) and Mean Absolute Error (MAE) in both Eastings and Northings were satisfactory. Thus, a RMSE value of 0.66 m and 0.96 m were obtained for the Eastings and Northings while 0.76 m and 0.73 m were the MAE values achieved. Also, the FV model attained a transformation accuracy of 0.49 m. Hence, this study will serve as a preliminary investigation in avoiding the use of height in coordinate transformation within Ghana’s geodetic reference network.


Coordinate transformation; Global Navigation Satellite Systems; Geodetic Reference Network; Featherstone and Vaníček model

  1. Yao Yevenyo Ziggah 
    Department of Surveying and Mapping, Faculty of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 430074, P.R. China.; Department of Geomatic Engineering, Faculty of Mineral Resource Technology, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Western Region, Ghana. , Ghana
  2. John Ayer 
    Department of Geomatic Engineering, College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana , Ghana
  3. Prosper Basommi Laari 
    Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University for Development Studies, Wa, Ghana , Ghana
  4. Eric Frimpong 
    Department of Geomatic Engineering, Faculty of Mineral Resource Technology, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Western Region, Ghana. , Ghana

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