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Create terrain surface from a tile package

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Set the terrain surface with elevation described by a local tile package.


How it works

  1. Create a Scene and add it to a SceneView.
  2. Create an ArcGISTiledElevationSource with the path to the local tile package.
  3. Add this source to the scene's base surface: Scene.BaseSurface.ElevationSources.Add(tiledElevationSource).

Relevant API

  • ArcGISTiledElevationSource
  • Surface

Additional information

The terrain surface is what the basemap, operational layers, and graphics are draped on.

The tile package must be a LERC (limited error raster compression) encoded TPK. Details on creating these are in the ArcGIS Pro documentation.


3D, Tile Cache, Elevation, Surface

Sample Code

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

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.CreateTerrainSurfaceFromTilePackage
        "Create terrain surface from a tile package",
        "Use a terrain surface with elevation described by a local tile package.",
    public partial class CreateTerrainSurfaceFromTilePackage : ContentPage
        public CreateTerrainSurfaceFromTilePackage()

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

            // Get the path to the elevation tile package.
            string packagePath = DataManager.GetDataFolder("cce37043eb0440c7a5c109cf8aad5500", "MontereyElevation.tpk");

            // Create the elevation source from the tile cache.
            TileCache elevationCache = new TileCache(packagePath);
            ArcGISTiledElevationSource elevationSource = new ArcGISTiledElevationSource(elevationCache);

            // Create a surface to display the elevation source.
            Surface elevationSurface = new Surface();

            // Add the elevation source to the surface.

            // Add the surface to the scene.
            MySceneView.Scene.BaseSurface = elevationSurface;

            // Set an initial camera viewpoint.
            Camera camera = new Camera(36.525, -121.80, 300.0, 180, 80.0, 0.0);