Coordinate directions are derived from cartesian coordinates (Northings / Eastings) as opposed to geodetic directions which are derived from geodetic positions (Latitude / Longitude). Coordinate directions are refered to as Grid Bearing, Grid Azimuth.or just Bearing or North Az or South Az. Geodetic directions are always refered to as True Bearing or True Azimuth.
A survey can have one Coordinate Reference System (CRS) that relates it's geodetic positions and rectangular coordinates. TPC computes coordinate directions by inversing between coordinates on the current CRS and applying a convergence angle (also called a mapping angle) to generate a geodetic direction. Since the CRS releates the coordinates of a point to its geodetic position, TPC can compute both a coordinate direction and a geodetic direction between any two points.
Coordinate directions use the equation: grid direction = geodetic direction + convergence angle
In a state plane projections, convergence angles east of the central meridian
are negative, while those west of the central meridian are positive. TPC keeps
track of this for you and it displays and computes directions.
Advanced Traverse View Format dialog - you can choose which direction type to use for a particular traverse.
Miscellaneous Drawing Settings dialog - you can choose which direction type to use for line labels.
COGO dialogs - some COGO dialogs allow you to select which coordinate or geodetic direction type to display.
This is the dction computed by inversing between grid coordinates. This is a planar computation of X/Y coordinate pairs using simple cartesian trigonometry.
The Traverse View status bar does not display any additional information about this direction type.
The option computes a mean scale direction for each course. It first computes the begining and ending direction of the geodesic for the course, then averages them for the mean direction..
The Traverse View status bar displays “Mean course convergence”
You may choose to enter your own mapping manually. If you have a special situation where the mapping able is specified for a particular traverse or or drawing, enter it here. Just select this option from the list then type the mapping angle right into the list field.
The Traverse View status bar displays "Mapping angle = x°xx'xx""
This direction type uses the project mapping anlge.
The Traverse View status bar displays "Project mapping angle = x°xx'xx"".
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Choosing a Coordinate Reference