Distance Composite Symbol

Demonstrates how to create a graphic using a distance composite scene symbol. Distance composite scene symbols can render different symbols depending on the distance between the camera and the graphic.

How it works

To create and display a DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol:

  1. Create a GraphicsOverlay and add it to the SceneView.
  2. Create symbols for each Range the composite symbol.
  3. Create a distance composite scene symbol`.
  4. Add a range for each symbol to DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol.getRangeCollection().add(new Range(symbol, min distance, max distance)).
    • symbol, symbol to be used within the min/max range that is given
    • min/max distance, the minimum and maximum distance that the symbol will be display from the Camera
  5. Create a Graphic with the symbol: Graphic(Point, DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol)
  6. Add the graphic to the graphics overlay.


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package com.esri.samples.scene.distance_composite_symbol;

import java.io.File;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReferences;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISScene;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISTiledElevationSource;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Surface;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Camera;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Graphic;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.GraphicsOverlay;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.LayerSceneProperties;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.SceneView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.ModelSceneSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SceneSymbol.AnchorPosition;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleMarkerSceneSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleMarkerSymbol;

public class DistanceCompositeSymbolSample extends Application {

  private SceneView sceneView;
  private static final String ELEVATION_IMAGE_SERVICE =

  public void start(Stage stage) throws Exception {

    try {

      // create stack pane and JavaFX app scene
      StackPane stackPane = new StackPane();
      Scene fxScene = new Scene(stackPane);

      // set title, size, and add JavaFX scene to stage
      stage.setTitle("Distance Composite Symbol Sample");

      // create a scene and add a basemap to it
      ArcGISScene scene = new ArcGISScene();

      // add the SceneView to the stack pane
      sceneView = new SceneView();

      // add base surface for elevation data
      Surface surface = new Surface();
      surface.getElevationSources().add(new ArcGISTiledElevationSource(ELEVATION_IMAGE_SERVICE));

      // add a graphics overlay
      GraphicsOverlay graphicsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

      // set up the different symbols
      int red = 0xFFFF0000;
      SimpleMarkerSymbol circleSymbol = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbol.Style.CIRCLE, red, 10);
      SimpleMarkerSceneSymbol coneSymbol = SimpleMarkerSceneSymbol.createCone(red, 3, 10);
      String modelURI = new File("./samples-data/bristol/Collada/Bristol.dae").getAbsolutePath();
      ModelSceneSymbol modelSymbol = new ModelSceneSymbol(modelURI, 1.0);

      // set up the distance composite symbol
      DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol compositeSymbol = new DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol();
      compositeSymbol.getRangeCollection().add(new DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol.Range(modelSymbol, 0, 100));
      compositeSymbol.getRangeCollection().add(new DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol.Range(coneSymbol, 100, 500));
      compositeSymbol.getRangeCollection().add(new DistanceCompositeSceneSymbol.Range(circleSymbol, 500, 0));

      // create graphic
      Point aircraftPosition = new Point(-2.708471, 56.096575, 5000, SpatialReferences.getWgs84());
      Graphic aircraftGraphic = new Graphic(aircraftPosition, compositeSymbol);
      // add graphic to graphics overlay

      // add a camera and initial camera position
      Camera camera = new Camera(aircraftPosition, 20, 0, 70.0, 0.0);
    } catch (Exception e) {
      // on any error, display the stack trace.

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

    if (sceneView != null) {

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



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