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View content beneath terrain surface

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See through terrain in a scene and move the camera underground.

Use case

By default, a scene's terrain is fully opaque and the camera cannot go underground. To see underground features such as pipes in a utility network, you can lower the opacity of the terrain surface and set the navigation constraint on the surface to allow underground navigation.

How it works

Note: This sample uses a web scene, which comes pre-configured with these settings.

  1. Display an Scene in a SceneView which contains layers with underground features.
  2. To see underground, get the scene's base surface and set its opacity to a value between 0 and 1.
  3. To allow the camera to go underground, set the surface's navigation constraint to None.

Relevant API

  • Surface
  • Surface.NavigationConstraint

About the data

This data is a point scene layer showing underground wellbore paths (green polylines) and seismic events (brown points).


3D, subsurface, underground, utilities

Sample Code

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

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.ViewContentBeneathSurface
        "View content beneath terrain surface",
        "See through terrain in a scene and move the camera underground.",
    public partial class ViewContentBeneathSurface : ContentPage
        public ViewContentBeneathSurface()

        private async void Initialize()
            // Load the item from ArcGIS Online.
            PortalItem webSceneItem = await PortalItem.CreateAsync(await ArcGISPortal.CreateAsync(), "91a4fafd747a47c7bab7797066cb9272");

            // Load the web scene from the item.
            Scene webScene = new Scene(webSceneItem);

            // Show the web scene in the view.
            MySceneView.Scene = webScene;

            // Set the view properties to enable underground navigation.
            // Note: the scene in this sample sets these properties automatically.
            // Scenes authored in this way will be enabled for underground navigation without
            // changing the navigation constraint manually.
            MySceneView.Scene.BaseSurface.NavigationConstraint = NavigationConstraint.None;
            MySceneView.Scene.BaseSurface.Opacity = .6;