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1. Defining a Grid Coordinate System  

A grid coordinate system must be carefully designed to ensure that:

  •  grid and horizontal ground distances match
  •  grid and horizontal ground angles match.

These, in turn, preserve shape and area of measured quantities.

An "ideal" grid coordinate system should have these three characteristics:

a. Orthogonal

The system consists of two reference axes are right angles to each other, Figure C-1

 
Figure C-1
Reference Axes 


These define Grid North and Grid East for the system.

b. Parallel meridians

All meridians are parallel with the North reference axis, Figure C-2, with no convergence.

 
Figure C-2
Parallel Meridians 

Forward and back grid directions always differ by exactly 180°.

c. Uniform scale

A linear unit is the same physical length regardless its orientation, Figure C-3.

 
Figure C-3
Uniform Scale 

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