ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Java

Densify and Generalize

Demonstrates how to densify or generalize a polyline geometry. In this example, points representing a ships location are shown at irregular intervals. One can densify the polyline connecting these lines to interpolate points along the line at regular intervals. Generalizing the polyline can also simplify the geometry while preserving its general shape.

How it works

To densify and generalize a Polyline:

  1. Use the static method GeometryEngine.densify(polyline, maxSegmentLength) to densify the polyline . The resulting polyline will add points along the line so that there are no points greater than maxSegmentLength from the next point.
  2. Use the static method GeometryEngine.generalize(polyline, maxDeviation, true) to generalize the polyline. The resulting polyline will have points or shifted from the line to simplify the shape. None of these points can deviate farther from the original line than maxDeviation. The last parameter, removeDegenerateParts , will clean up extraneous parts if the geometry is multi-part (it will have no effect in this sample.
  3. Note that maxSegmentLength and maxDeviation are in the units of geometry's coordinate system. This could be in degrees in some coordinate systems. In this example, a cartesian coordinate system is used and at a small enough scale that geodesic distances are not required.


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package com.esri.samples.geometry.densify_and_generalize;


import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.fxml.FXMLLoader;
import javafx.scene.Parent;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class DensifyAndGeneralizeSample extends Application {

  private static DensifyAndGeneralizeController controller;

  public void start(Stage stage) throws IOException {
    // set up the scene
    FXMLLoader loader = new FXMLLoader(getClass().getResource("/fxml/densify_and_generalize.fxml"));
    Parent root = loader.load();
    controller = loader.getController();
    Scene scene = new Scene(root);

    // set up the stage
    stage.setTitle("Densify and Generalize Sample");

   * Stops and releases all resources used in application.
  public void stop() {

   * Opens and runs application.
   * @param args arguments passed to this application
  public static void main(String[] args) {


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