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Display a scene

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Display a scene with a terrain surface and some imagery.

Image of display scene

Use case

Scene views are 3D representations of real-world areas and objects. Scene views are helpful for visualizing complex datasets where 3D relationships, topography, and elevation of elements are important factors.

How to use the sample

When loaded, the sample will display a scene. Pan and zoom to explore the scene.

How it works

  1. Create an Scene object with the Basemap.CreateImagery() basemap.
  2. Create an ArcGISTiledElevationSource object and add it to the scene's base surface.
  3. Create a SceneView object to display the map.
  4. Set the scene to the scene view.

Relevant API

  • Scene
  • ArcGISTiledElevationSource
  • SceneView


3D, basemap, elevation, scene, surface

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
        <esriUI:SceneView x:Name="MySceneView"/>
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.DisplayScene
        name: "Display a scene",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Display a scene with a terrain surface and some imagery.",
        instructions: "When loaded, the sample will display a scene. Pan and zoom to explore the scene.",
        tags: new[] { "3D", "basemap", "elevation", "scene", "surface" })]
    public partial class DisplayScene : ContentPage
        public DisplayScene()

            // Execute initialization 

        private void Initialize()
            // Create a new scene
            Scene myScene = new Scene();

            // Crate a new base map using the static/shared create imagery method
            Basemap myBaseMap = Basemap.CreateImagery();

            // Add the imagery basemap to the scene's base map property
            myScene.Basemap = myBaseMap;

            // Add scene (with an imagery basemap) to the scene view's scene property
            MySceneView.Scene = myScene;

            // Create a new surface
            Surface mySurface = new Surface();

            // Define the string that points to the elevation image service
            string myElevationImageService = "";

            // Create a Uri from the elevation image service string
            Uri myUri = new Uri(myElevationImageService);

            // Create an ArcGIS tiled elevation 
            ArcGISTiledElevationSource myArcGISTiledElevationSource = new ArcGISTiledElevationSource

                // Set the ArcGIS tiled elevation sources property to the Uri of the elevation image service
                Source = myUri

            // Add the ArcGIS tiled elevation source to the surface's elevated sources collection

            // Set the scene's base surface to the surface with the ArcGIS tiled elevation source
            myScene.BaseSurface = mySurface;

            // Create camera with an initial camera position (Mount Everest in the Alps mountains)
            Camera myCamera = new Camera(28.4, 83.9, 10010.0, 10.0, 80.0, 300.0);

            // Set the scene view's camera position