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Select ENC features

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Select features in an ENC layer.

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Use case

You can use selection to identify a feature and learn more about it. ENC layers often have many overlapping features, and features of mixed geometry, in a single layer, so the sample includes code for identifying the smallest feature, which is taken to be the most relevant.

How to use the sample

Tap to select ENC features. Feature properties will be displayed in a callout.

How it works

  1. Load and display the ENC layer.
  2. When the map view is tapped, call mapView.IdentifyLayersAsync(), specifying the tapped position, a tolerance, and false for the popupsOnly parameter.
  3. Filter the list of identified layers to include only results where the LayerContent is an EncLayer.
  4. Get the first result with at least one feature.
  5. Get the first feature in the IdentifyLayerResult.
  6. Select that feature by calling identifyResult.LayerContent.SelectFeature(firstFeature).
  7. Show the feature's acronym and description in a callout.

Relevant API

  • EncFeature
  • EncFeature.Acronym
  • EncFeature.Description
  • EncLayer
  • GeometryEngine.Area
  • IdentifyLayerResult
  • IdentifyLayerResult.GeoElements
  • IdentifyLayerResult.LayerContent

Offline data

This sample downloads the following items from ArcGIS Online automatically:

About the data

The sample uses ENC Exchange Set without updates a mock ENC data set, available on ArcGIS Online.


chart, hydrography, identify, IHO, maritime, S-57, S57, select, selection

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""
    <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
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using System;
using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Hydrography;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.SelectEncFeatures
        name: "Select ENC features",
        category: "Hydrography",
        description: "Select features in an ENC layer.",
        instructions: "Tap to select ENC features. Feature properties will be displayed in a callout.",
        tags: new[] { "IHO", "S-57", "S57", "chart", "hydrography", "identify", "maritime", "select", "selection" })]
    public partial class SelectEncFeatures : ContentPage
        public SelectEncFeatures()

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization

        private async void Initialize()
            // Initialize the map with an oceans basemap
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateOceans());

            // Get the path to the ENC Exchange Set
            string encPath = DataManager.GetDataFolder("9d2987a825c646468b3ce7512fb76e2d", "ExchangeSetwithoutUpdates", "ENC_ROOT", "CATALOG.031");

            // Create the Exchange Set
            // Note: this constructor takes an array of paths because so that update sets can be loaded alongside base data
            EncExchangeSet myEncExchangeSet = new EncExchangeSet(encPath);

                // Wait for the exchange set to load
                await myEncExchangeSet.LoadAsync();

                // Store a list of data set extent's - will be used to zoom the mapview to the full extent of the Exchange Set
                List<Envelope> dataSetExtents = new List<Envelope>();

                // Add each data set as a layer
                foreach (EncDataset myEncDataset in myEncExchangeSet.Datasets)
                    // Create the cell and layer
                    EncLayer myEncLayer = new EncLayer(new EncCell(myEncDataset));

                    // Add the layer to the map

                    // Wait for the layer to load
                    await myEncLayer.LoadAsync();

                    // Add the extent to the list of extents

                // Use the geometry engine to compute the full extent of the ENC Exchange Set
                Envelope fullExtent = GeometryEngine.CombineExtents(dataSetExtents);

                // Set the viewpoint
                MyMapView.SetViewpoint(new Viewpoint(fullExtent));

                // Subscribe to tap events (in order to use them to identify and select features)
                MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MyMapView_GeoViewTapped;
            catch (Exception e)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", e.ToString(), "OK");

        private void ClearAllSelections()
            // For each layer in the operational layers that is an ENC layer
            foreach (EncLayer layer in MyMapView.Map.OperationalLayers.OfType<EncLayer>())
                // Clear the layer's selection

            // Clear the callout

        private async void MyMapView_GeoViewTapped(object sender, Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Xamarin.Forms.GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // First clear any existing selections

                // Perform the identify operation.
                IReadOnlyList<IdentifyLayerResult> results = await MyMapView.IdentifyLayersAsync(e.Position, 10, false);

                // Return if there are no results.
                if (results.Count < 1) { return; }

                // Get the results that are from ENC layers.
                IEnumerable<IdentifyLayerResult> encResults = results.Where(result => result.LayerContent is EncLayer);

                // Get the first result with ENC features. (Depending on the data, there may be more than one IdentifyLayerResult that contains ENC features.)
                IdentifyLayerResult firstResult = encResults.First();

                // Get the layer associated with this set of results.
                EncLayer containingLayer = (EncLayer)firstResult.LayerContent;

                // Get the GeoElement identified in this layer.
                EncFeature encFeature = (EncFeature)firstResult.GeoElements.First();

                // Select the feature.

                // Create the callout definition.
                CalloutDefinition definition = new CalloutDefinition(encFeature.Acronym, encFeature.Description);

                // Show the callout.
                MyMapView.ShowCalloutAt(e.Location, definition);
            catch (Exception ex)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", ex.ToString(), "OK");

        private static string GetEncPath()
            return DataManager.GetDataFolder("a490098c60f64d3bbac10ad131cc62c7", "GB5X01NW.000");