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Feature layer time offset

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Display a time-enabled feature layer with a time offset.

Image of feature layer time offset

Use case

You can use a time offset to compare time periods by displaying them overlaid on the map. For example, you could show a feature layer with flu cases from December overlaid with flu cases from January to visualize the spread of the disease over time.

How to use the sample

When the sample loads, you'll see hurricane tracks visualized in red and blue. The red hurricane tracks occurred 10 days before the tracks displayed in blue. Adjust the slider to move the interval to visualize how storms progress over time.

How it works

  1. Create a feature layer for displaying the non-offset features and apply symbology to it.
  2. Create a second feature layer referring to the same service. Apply a 10 day time offset and unique symbology. Features displayed from this layer will have time values 10 days earlier than the values in the non-offset layer.
  3. Apply a 10-day time extent to the map view, starting at the beginning of the data range.
  4. When the user adjusts the slider, move the time extent. Both feature layers will filter their content for the map view's time extent.

Relevant API

  • FeatureLayer
  • MapView
  • TimeExtent

About the data

The sample uses a time-enabled feature service depicting hurricanes in the year 2000.


change, range, time, time extent, time offset, time-aware, time-enabled

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Background="White" BorderBrush="Black" BorderThickness="1"
                HorizontalAlignment="Right" VerticalAlignment="Top"
                Margin="30" Padding="20" Width="375">
                <TextBlock Text="Red hurricanes offset 10 days"
                           Foreground="Red" />
                <TextBlock Text="Blue hurricanes not offset"
                           Foreground="Blue" />
                <Slider x:Name="TimeSlider"
                        Minimum="0" Maximum="100"
                        ValueChanged="MyTimeSlider_ValueChanged" />
                <TextBlock x:Name="CurrentDateLabel"
                           TextAlignment="Center" />
// Copyright 2017 Esri.
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using System;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.FeatureLayerTimeOffset
        name: "Feature layer time offset",
        category: "MapView",
        description: "Display a time-enabled feature layer with a time offset.",
        instructions: "When the sample loads, you'll see hurricane tracks visualized in red and blue. The red hurricane tracks occurred 10 days before the tracks displayed in blue. Adjust the slider to move the interval to visualize how storms progress over time.",
        tags: new[] { "change", "range", "time", "time extent", "time offset", "time-aware", "time-enabled" })]
    public sealed partial class FeatureLayerTimeOffset
        // Hold the feature layer URI
        private readonly Uri _featureLayerUri = new Uri("");

        // Hold a reference to the original time extent
        private TimeExtent _originalExtent;

        public FeatureLayerTimeOffset()

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

        private async void Initialize()
            // Create new Map
            Map myMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateOceans());

            // Create the hurricanes feature layer once
            FeatureLayer noOffsetLayer = new FeatureLayer(_featureLayerUri);

            // Apply a blue dot renderer to distinguish hurricanes without offsets
            SimpleMarkerSymbol blueDot = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.Circle, System.Drawing.Color.Blue, 10);
            noOffsetLayer.Renderer = new SimpleRenderer(blueDot);

            // Add the non-offset layer to the map

            // Create the offset hurricanes feature layer
            FeatureLayer withOffsetLayer = new FeatureLayer(_featureLayerUri);

            // Apply a red dot renderer to distinguish these hurricanes from the non-offset hurricanes
            SimpleMarkerSymbol redDot = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.Circle, System.Drawing.Color.Red, 10);
            withOffsetLayer.Renderer = new SimpleRenderer(redDot);

            // Apply the time offset (red hurricane dots will be from 10 days before the current extent)
            withOffsetLayer.TimeOffset = new TimeValue(10, Esri.ArcGISRuntime.ArcGISServices.TimeUnit.Days);

            // Add the layer to the map

            // Apply the Map to the MapView
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

                // Ensure the no offset layer is loaded
                await noOffsetLayer.LoadAsync();

                // Store a reference to the original time extent
                _originalExtent = noOffsetLayer.FullTimeExtent;

                // Update the time extent set on the map

                // Enable the slider
                TimeSlider.IsEnabled = true;
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        private void MyTimeSlider_ValueChanged(object sender, Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls.Primitives.RangeBaseValueChangedEventArgs e)

        private void UpdateTimeExtent()
            // Get the value of the slider
            double value = TimeSlider.Value / 100;

            // Calculate the number of days that value corresponds to
            // 1. Get the interval
            TimeSpan interval = _originalExtent.EndTime - _originalExtent.StartTime;

            // 2. Store the interval as days
            double days = interval.TotalDays;

            // 3. Scale the interval by the value from the slider
            double desiredInterval = value * days;

            // 4. Create a new TimeSpan
            TimeSpan newOffset = new TimeSpan((int)desiredInterval, 0, 0, 0);

            // Determine the new starting offset
            DateTime newStart = _originalExtent.StartTime.DateTime.Add(newOffset);

            // Determine the new ending offset
            DateTime newEnd = newStart.AddDays(10);

            // Reset the new DateTimeOffset if it is outside of the extent
            if (newEnd > _originalExtent.EndTime)
                newEnd = _originalExtent.EndTime.DateTime;

            // Do nothing if out of bounds
            if (newEnd < newStart) { return; }

            // Apply the new extent
            MyMapView.TimeExtent = new TimeExtent(newStart, newEnd);

            // Update the label
            CurrentDateLabel.Text = $"{newStart:d} - {newEnd:d}";