UTM Zones of British Columbia

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

Portions of Universal Transverse Mercator Zones 7 - 12 which cover British Columbia, Northern Hemisphere only, formed into polygons, in BC Albers projection

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


Intended for overlay onto data in BC Albers to show Universal Transverse Mercator 6-degree zones. UTM projection is commonly used for surveying, forestry, and engineering data. This coverage provides a simple, queryable overlay to show the boundaries and numbers of the UTM zones. It extends over all of British Columbia, and well out into the Pacific Ocean and surrounding provinces and states.

Lineage Statement

Created at BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management Information Management Branch from an earlier coverage autm_na, which was created at BC Environment System Services Branch Feb 1997. Log file contains a lot of post-processing commands.

Contact Information

NameBrad Hlasny (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2019-05-04
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: UTMG_ZONES
Comments: UTM ZONES SP represent Universal Transverse Mercator Zones over the Province of British Columbia created as polygons, and re-projected to BC Albers projection. This is not a multipart feature class.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
UTM_ZONE UTM_ZONE NUMBER 2 UTM ZONE is the Primary unique numeric identifier for a UTM ( Universal Transverse Mercator) ZONE. It represents the number of the Universal Transverse Mercator Zone of this area. North-south boundary lines are on increments of six degrees of longitude.
FEATURE_CODE FEAT_CODE VARCHAR2 10 FEATURE CODE is a standard alphanumeric code to identify the type of feature represented by the spatial data. A feature code is most importantly a means of linking a feature to its name and definition. For example, the code GB15300120 on a digital geographic feature links it to the name "Lake - Dry" with the definition "A lake bed from which all water has drained or evaporated." The feature code does NOT mark when it was digitized, what dataset it belongs to, how accurate it is, what it should look like when plotted, or who is responsible for updating it. It only says what it represents in the real world. It also doesn't even matter how the lake is represented. If it is a very small lake, it may be stored as a point feature. If it is large enough to have a shape at the scale of data capture, it may be stored as an outline, or a closed polygon. The same feature code still links it to the same definition.
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters