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Add a point scene layer

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View a point scene layer from a scene service.

Use case

Point scene layers can efficiently display large amounts of point features. While point cloud layers can only display simple symbols, point scene layer's can display any type of billboard symbol or even 3D models, as long as the location of the symbol can be described by a point. Points are cached and automatically thinned when zoomed out to improve performance.

How to use the sample

Zoom in and pan around the scene. Notice how there are many thousands of features which are thinned when zoomed out.

How it works

  1. Create a scene.
  2. Create an ArcGISSceneLayer with the URL to a point scene layer service.
  3. Add the layer to the scene's operational layers collection.

Relevant API

  • ArcGISSceneLayer


3D, point scene layer, layers

Sample Code

<ContentPage xmlns=""
        <esriUI:SceneView x:Name="MySceneView" />
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using System;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.AddPointSceneLayer
        "Add a point scene layer",
        "View a point scene layer from a scene service.",
    public partial class AddPointSceneLayer : ContentPage
        // URL for the service with the point scene layer.
        private const string PointSceneServiceUri = "";

        public AddPointSceneLayer()

        private void Initialize()
            // Create the scene.
            MySceneView.Scene = new Scene(Basemap.CreateImagery());

            // Create the layer.
            ArcGISSceneLayer pointSceneLayer = new ArcGISSceneLayer(new Uri(PointSceneServiceUri));

            // Show the layer in the scene.