Question: Is there a UTM in units of feet for UTM zone 14?

Answer: UTM is always in meters so there will NOT be a UTM feet projection out there.  If you really need to see your UTM data IN feet, then you can follow these instructions to change the units. Essentially, you will reproject the data to a new UTM coordinate system and modify it so that it uses feet instead of meters.

To do this, use the Project tool.  Keep the Output Coordinate System the same as your current UTM coordinate system.  Once you have selected the coordinate system click the Modify button in the Spatial Reference Properties window and under the section titled Linear Unit for the drop-down Name, select either Foot (for international feet) or Foot_US (for US survey feet).

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Dr. Aileen Buckley has been making maps since she was an undergraduate student. She has a Bachelors in Geography and Spanish from Valparaiso University, a Masters in Geography from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University. She is a senior product engineer on the Living Atlas team, and her work focuses on determining and sharing best practices for mapping and analysis with modern GIS. She publishes and presents world-wide on many aspects of mapping and GIS. She is a co-author of Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, and she is a co-editor for the Atlas of Oregon. Aileen is a former president of CaGIS (the U.S. cartographic association) and is actively involved with the International Cartographic Association in which she is the lead delegate for the United States.


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