## Convert latitude and longitude to double values

2010-09-21

How to convert latitude and longitude like below values to double values ?

``````"25°36'55.57""E","45°39'12.52""N"
``````

The calculation should be:

``````result = 25 + (36 / 60) + (55.57 / 3600)
``````
``````String hour = "25";
String minute = "36";
String second = "55.57";
Double result = (hour) + (minute) / 60 + (second) / 3600;
``````

And of course a switch to flip sign depending on N/S or E/S. Wikipedia has a little on that:

For calculations, the West/East suffix is replaced by a negative sign in the western hemisphere. Confusingly, the convention of negative for East is also sometimes seen. The preferred convention -- that East be positive -- is consistent with a right-handed Cartesian coordinate system with the North Pole up. A specific longitude may then be combined with a specific latitude (usually positive in the northern hemisphere) to give a precise position on the Earth's surface. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longitude)

``````/// <summary>The regular expression parser used to parse the lat/long</summary>
private static Regex Parser = new Regex("^(?<deg>[-+0-9]+)[^0-9]+(?<min>[0-9]+)[^0-9]+(?<sec>[0-9.,]+)[^0-9.,ENSW]+(?<pos>[ENSW]*)\$");

/// <summary>Parses the lat lon value.</summary>
/// <param name="value">The value.</param>
/// <remarks>It must have at least 3 parts 'degrees' 'minutes' 'seconds'. If it
/// has E/W and N/S this is used to change the sign.</remarks>
/// <returns></returns>

public static double ParseLatLonValue(string value)
{
// If it starts and finishes with a quote, strip them off
if (value.StartsWith("\"") && value.EndsWith("\""))
{
value = value.Substring(1, value.Length - 2).Replace("\"\"", "\"");
}

// Now parse using the regex parser
Match match = Parser.Match(value);
if (!match.Success)
{
throw new ArgumentException(string.Format(CultureInfo.CurrentUICulture, "Lat/long value of '{0}' is not recognised", value));
}

// Convert - adjust the sign if necessary
double deg = double.Parse(match.Groups["deg"].Value);
double min = double.Parse(match.Groups["min"].Value);
double sec = double.Parse(match.Groups["sec"].Value);
double result = deg + (min / 60) + (sec / 3600);
if (match.Groups["pos"].Success)
{
char ch = match.Groups["pos"].Value;
result = ((ch == 'S') || (ch == 'W')) ? -result : result;
}
return result;
}

``````

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