ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Java

Viewshed Location

A viewshed shows the visible and obstructed areas from an observer's vantage point. This sample demonstrates all of the configurable properties of a viewshed.

Use the corner UI controls to change the properties of the viewshed and see them updated instantly. To move the viewshed, click on the scene and move your mouse. Click again to stop moving the viewshed.

How it works

To create a viewshed from a location and directional parameters:

  1. Create a LocationViewshed passing in the observer location, heading, pitch, horizontal/vertical angles, and min/max distances
  2. Set the property values directly on the viewshed instance for location, direction, range, and visibility properties. The colors are global, so change them via the static properties on Viewshed.


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package com.esri.samples.analysis.viewshed_location;


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

public class ViewshedLocationSample extends Application {

  private static ViewshedLocationController controller;

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

    // set up the stage
    stage.setTitle("Viewshed Location 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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