ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Java

Scene Layer Selection

Demonstrates how to select geoelements in a scene layer.

How it works

To select geoelements in a scene layer:

  1. Create an ArcGISSceneLayer passing in the URL to a scene layer service.
  2. Use ArcGISSceneLayer to get the screen click location Point2D.
  3. Call sceneView.identifyLayersAsync(sceneLayer, point2D, tolerance, false, 1) to identify features in the scene.
  4. From the resulting IdentifyLayerResult, get the list of identified GeoElements with result.getElements().
  5. Get the first element in the list, checking that it is a feature, and call sceneLayer.selectFeature (feature) to select it.


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package com.esri.samples.scene.scene_layer_selection;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.geometry.Point2D;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Alert;
import javafx.scene.input.MouseButton;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.concurrent.ListenableFuture;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.layers.ArcGISSceneLayer;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.loadable.LoadStatus;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISScene;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISTiledElevationSource;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.GeoElement;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Surface;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Camera;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.IdentifyLayerResult;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.SceneView;

public class SceneLayerSelectionSample extends Application {

  private SceneView sceneView;

  public void start(Stage stage) {

    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("Scene Layer Selection Sample");

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

      // set the scene to the scene view
      sceneView = new SceneView();

      // set the initial viewpoint
      Camera camera = new Camera(48.378, -4.494, 200, 345, 65, 0);

      // add the scene view to the stack pane

      // add base surface with elevation data
      Surface surface = new Surface();
      final String elevationService = "";
      surface.getElevationSources().add(new ArcGISTiledElevationSource(elevationService));

      // add a scene layer of buildings in Brest, France
      final String buildings = "";
      ArcGISSceneLayer sceneLayer = new ArcGISSceneLayer(buildings);

      // zoom to the layer's extent when loaded
      sceneLayer.addDoneLoadingListener(() -> {
        if (sceneLayer.getLoadStatus() == LoadStatus.LOADED) {

          // when the scene is clicked, identify the clicked feature and select it
          sceneView.setOnMouseClicked(e -> {
            if (e.isStillSincePress() && e.getButton() == MouseButton.PRIMARY) {
              // clear any previous selection
              // identify clicked feature
              Point2D point2D = new Point2D(e.getX(), e.getY());
              ListenableFuture<IdentifyLayerResult> identify = sceneView.identifyLayerAsync(sceneLayer, point2D, 10, false, 1);
              identify.addDoneListener(() -> {
                try {
                  // get the identified result and check that it is a feature
                  IdentifyLayerResult result = identify.get();
                  List<GeoElement> geoElements = result.getElements();
                  if (geoElements.size() > 0) {
                    GeoElement geoElement = geoElements.get(0);
                    if (geoElement instanceof Feature) {
                      // select the feature
                      sceneLayer.selectFeature((Feature) geoElement);
                } catch (InterruptedException | ExecutionException ex) {
                  new Alert(Alert.AlertType.ERROR, "Error identifying features").show();
        } else {
          new Alert(Alert.AlertType.ERROR, "Error loading scene layer").show();

    } 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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