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How to use this R function to convert easting northing to long lat



I have around 900 gpd data points that i wish to convert to long/lat to use in the bing maps for visualisations.


I have googled to see how and this link below seems to provide the answer and how to i need 

the code im supposed to use contains an R function however i cannot figure out how to use it, im not new to powerbi but i have no idea how to use a R function or for this code below to use my data,



# Source the UTM2deg function


# Some sample data

test_df <-
  structure(list(Location = c("Summerhill Road, Craigieburn", "Roseneath Street, Yarra Bend"
  ), Northing = c(5839684, 5815224), Easting = c(320312, 324192)), .Names = c("Location", "Northing", "Easting"
                                                          ), row.names = c(NA, -2L), class = c("tbl_df", "tbl", "data.frame"

# Add columns of lat and lon using the UTM2deg function

test_df <- bind_cols(test_df, UTM2deg(test_df$Easting, test_df$Northing, zone = 55))

# Centre of the map
map_center <- test_df %>% 
  summarise(lon = mean(lon), lat = mean(lat))

# plot 
ggmap(get_map(map_center, zoom = 11, source = 'osm', maptype = 'terrain'), darken = c(0.3, 'black'), extent = 'device') +
  geom_point(data = test_df, aes(lon, lat), colour = 'red', size = 2) +
  geom_label(data = test_df, aes(lon, lat, label = Location), colour = 'red', fontface = 'bold', hjust = 0, vjust = -0.5)


My data is stored on sharepoint online the data list is called GPSHOLEDATA and this is how my data is displayed, how do i make the function above use my data so i can add a lat long column for each easting and northing? could someone break it down for me and explain it too me?





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Hi @someonerandom ,

On the one hand, you need to have a further understanding of R, here is the corresponding blog link: Power BI Introduction: Working with R Scripts in Power BI Desktop — Part 3 - Simple Talk (red-gate.c...
On the other hand, you can try other conversion methods:Lat Long Converter for Power BI (



If the problem is still not resolved, please let me know immediately. Looking forward to your reply.

Best Regards,

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Hi @someonerandom 

If you have no experience of R why not just use the batch conversion available here

Geodetic Calculators (

to convert the data?



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Thanks for the link Philip,

There is a bunch of software to do this, however the reason is this is the start of a project that will hopefully expand, meaning more gps data, so i wish to have the calculations worked out in powerbi automatically, mostly i make apps and simple dashboards. This is the first time ive heard of and had to use an R function.

Could you break it down for me?

@someonerandom - did you ever get this to work ?

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