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Find service areas for multiple facilities

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Find the service areas of several facilities from a feature service.

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Use case

A service area is a region which can be accessed from a facility as limited by one or more factors, such as travel time, distance, or cost. When analyzing the service area of multiple facilities, this workflow can be used to identify gaps in service area coverage, or significant overlaps, helping to optimize the distribution of facilities. For example, a city's health service may identify areas of a city that can be served effectively from particular hospitals, and with this optimize distribution of staff and resources.

How to use the sample

Tap 'find service area' to calculate and display the service area of each facility on the map. The polygons displayed around each facility represents the service area; in red is the area that is within 3 minutes away from the hospital by car. Light orange is the area that is within 5 minutes away from the hospital by car.

How it works

  1. Create a new ServiceAreaTask from a network service.
  2. Create default ServiceAreaParameters from the service area task.
  3. Set the parameters ServiceAreaParameters.ReturnPolygons = true to return polygons of all service areas.
  4. Add facilities of the ServiceAreaParameters. For this, use a set of QueryParameters to select features from a ServiceFeatureTable: serviceAreaParameters.SetFacilities(_facilitiesTable, queryParameters).
  5. Get the ServiceAreaResult by solving the service area task using the parameters.
  6. For each facility, get any ServiceAreaPolygons that were returned, serviceAreaResult.GetResultPolygons(facilityIndex).
  7. Display the service area polygons as Graphics in a GraphicsOverlay on the MapView.

About the data

This sample uses a street map of San Diego, in combination with a feature service with facilities (used here to represent hospitals). Additionally a street network is used on the server for calculating the service area.

Relevant API

  • ServiceAreaParameters
  • ServiceAreaPolygon
  • ServiceAreaResult
  • ServiceAreaTask


facilities, feature service, impedance, network analysis, service area, travel time

Sample Code

<ContentPage xmlns=""
            <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
            <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
            <RowDefinition Height="*" />
        <Button x:Name="ServiceAreaButton"
                Text="Find service area"
                Clicked="FindServiceArea_Clicked" />
        <ActivityIndicator x:Name="ProgressView"
                           IsVisible="False" />
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"
                        Grid.Row="2" />
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Tasks.NetworkAnalysis;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.FindServiceAreasForMultipleFacilities
        name: "Find service areas for multiple facilities",
        category: "Network analysis",
        description: "Find the service areas of several facilities from a feature service.",
        instructions: "Tap 'find service area' to calculate and display the service area of each facility on the map. The polygons displayed around each facility represents the service area; in red is the area that is within 3 minutes away from the hospital by car. Light orange is the area that is within 5 minutes away from the hospital by car.",
        tags: new[] { "facilities", "feature service", "impedance", "network analysis", "service area", "travel time" })]
    public partial class FindServiceAreasForMultipleFacilities : ContentPage
        // URLs to resources used by the sample.
        private const string NetworkAnalysisUrl = "";
        private const string FacilitiesFeatureUrl = "";
        private const string IconUrl = "";

        // The table that contains the facilities.
        private ServiceFeatureTable _facilitiesTable;

        // The task for performing the service area analysis.
        private ServiceAreaTask _serviceAreaTask;

        // The graphics overlay for displaying the resulting polygons.
        private GraphicsOverlay _resultOverlay;

        // Symbology for the resulting service areas.
        private List<SimpleFillSymbol> _fillSymbols;

        public FindServiceAreasForMultipleFacilities()

        private async void Initialize()
                // Create the map and show it in the view.
                Map newMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateLightGrayCanvas());
                MyMapView.Map = newMap;

                // Create the table containing the facilities.
                _facilitiesTable = new ServiceFeatureTable(new Uri(FacilitiesFeatureUrl));

                // Create the layer for rendering the facilities table.
                FeatureLayer facilitiesLayer = new FeatureLayer(_facilitiesTable);

                // Create a simple renderer that will display an image for each facility.
                facilitiesLayer.Renderer = new SimpleRenderer(new PictureMarkerSymbol(new Uri(IconUrl)));

                // Add the layer to the map.

                // Create the graphics overlay for displaying the result polygons.
                _resultOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

                // Add the result overlay to the view.

                // Create a list of fill symbols for rendering the results.
                _fillSymbols = new List<SimpleFillSymbol>();
                _fillSymbols.Add(new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(0x66, 0xFF, 0xA5, 0x00), null));
                _fillSymbols.Add(new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(0x66, 0xFF, 0x00, 0x00), null));

                // Wait for the table to load and zoom to its extent.
                await _facilitiesTable.LoadAsync();
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(_facilitiesTable.Extent, 50);

                // Enable the button now that the sample is ready.
                ServiceAreaButton.IsEnabled = true;
            catch (Exception ex)
                ShowMessage("Error", "Error starting the sample.");

        private async Task FindServiceAreas()
                // Create the service area task.
                _serviceAreaTask = await ServiceAreaTask.CreateAsync(new Uri(NetworkAnalysisUrl));

                // Create the default parameters for the service.
                ServiceAreaParameters serviceAreaParameters = await _serviceAreaTask.CreateDefaultParametersAsync();

                // Configure the service area parameters.
                serviceAreaParameters.PolygonDetail = ServiceAreaPolygonDetail.High;
                serviceAreaParameters.ReturnPolygons = true;

                // A query that finds all of the relevant facilities from the facilities feature service.
                QueryParameters facilityQueryParameters = new QueryParameters();
                facilityQueryParameters.WhereClause = "1=1";

                // Provide the feature service and the query as parameters to the service area task.
                serviceAreaParameters.SetFacilities(_facilitiesTable, facilityQueryParameters);

                // Perform the service area analysis.
                ServiceAreaResult result = await _serviceAreaTask.SolveServiceAreaAsync(serviceAreaParameters);

                // Count the features in the facilities layer. 
                long facilityCount = await _facilitiesTable.QueryFeatureCountAsync(facilityQueryParameters);

                // Get the service area for each facility.
                for (int facilityIndex = 0; facilityIndex < facilityCount; facilityIndex++)
                    // Get each area polygon from the result for that facility.
                    List<ServiceAreaPolygon> areaPolygons = result.GetResultPolygons(facilityIndex).ToList();

                    // Add each service area polygon to the graphics overlay.
                    for (int polygonIndex = 0; polygonIndex < areaPolygons.Count; polygonIndex++)
                        // Get the polygon from the result.
                        Polygon resultingPolygon = areaPolygons[polygonIndex].Geometry;

                        // Choose a symbol for the polygon.
                        SimpleFillSymbol selectedSymbol = _fillSymbols[polygonIndex % _fillSymbols.Count];

                        // Create and add the graphic.
                        _resultOverlay.Graphics.Add(new Graphic(resultingPolygon, selectedSymbol));

                // Zoom to the extent of the results.
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(_resultOverlay.Extent, 50);
            catch (Exception ex)
                ShowMessage("Error", "Couldn't complete service area analysis.");

        private async void FindServiceArea_Clicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
                // Clear the old results.

                // Update the UI.
                ServiceAreaButton.IsEnabled = false;
                ProgressView.IsVisible = true;

                // Do the service area work.
                await FindServiceAreas();

                // Update the UI.
                ProgressView.IsVisible = false;
                ServiceAreaButton.IsEnabled = true;
            catch (Exception exception)
                ShowMessage("Error", "Couldn't complete the service area analysis.");

        private async void ShowMessage(string title, string detail)
            await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert(title, detail, "OK");