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Line of sight (location)

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Perform a line of sight analysis between two points in real time.

Image of line of sight location

Use case

A line of sight analysis can be used to assess whether a view is obstructed between an observer and a target. Obstructing features could either be natural, like topography, or man-made, like buildings. Consider an events planning company wanting to commemorate a national event by lighting sequential beacons across hill summits or roof tops. To guarantee a successful event, ensuring an unobstructed line of sight between neighboring beacons would allow each beacon to be activated as intended.

How to use the sample

Tap to place the starting point for the line. Tap again to place the end point.

How it works

  1. Create an AnalysisOverlay and add it to the scene view.
  2. Create a LocationLineOfSight with initial observer and target locations and add it to the analysis overlay.
  3. Listen for taps on the scene view.
  4. Update the target location with lineOfSight.TargetLocation = scenePoint.

Relevant API

  • AnalysisOverlay
  • LocationLineOfSight
  • SceneView


3D, line of sight, visibility, visibility analysis

Sample Code

        <esriUI:SceneView x:Name="MySceneView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
            <TextBlock Text="Tap to set a start point. Tap again to set an end point."
                       TextWrapping="Wrap" FontWeight="SemiBold" />
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.GeoAnalysis;
using System;
using System.Drawing;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.LineOfSightLocation
        name: "Line of sight (location)",
        category: "Analysis",
        description: "Perform a line of sight analysis between two points in real time.",
        instructions: "Tap to place the starting point for the line. Tap again to place the end point.",
        tags: new[] { "3D", "line of sight", "visibility", "visibility analysis" })]
    public sealed partial class LineOfSightLocation
        // URL for an image service to use as an elevation source
        private string _elevationSourceUrl = @"";

        // Location line of sight analysis
        private LocationLineOfSight _lineOfSightAnalysis;

        // Observer location for line of sight
        private MapPoint _observerLocation;

        // Target location for line of sight
        private MapPoint _targetLocation;

        // Offset (meters) to use for the observer/target height (z-value for the points)
        private double _zOffset = 2.0;

        public LineOfSightLocation()

            // Create the Scene, basemap, line of sight analysis, and analysis overlay

            // Handle taps on the scene view to define the observer or target point for the line of sight
            MySceneView.GeoViewTapped += SceneViewTapped;

        private void Initialize()
            // Create a new Scene with an imagery basemap
            Scene myScene = new Scene(Basemap.CreateImagery());

            // Create an elevation source for the Scene
            ArcGISTiledElevationSource elevationSrc = new ArcGISTiledElevationSource(new Uri(_elevationSourceUrl));

            // Add the Scene to the SceneView
            MySceneView.Scene = myScene;

            // Set the viewpoint with a new camera
            Camera newCamera = new Camera(new MapPoint(-121.7, 45.4, SpatialReferences.Wgs84), 10000, 0, 45, 0);

            // Create a new line of sight analysis with arbitrary points (observer and target will be defined by the user)
            _lineOfSightAnalysis = new LocationLineOfSight(new MapPoint(0.0, 0.0, SpatialReferences.Wgs84), new MapPoint(0.0, 0.0, SpatialReferences.Wgs84));

            // Set the visible and obstructed colors (default would be green/red)
            // These are static properties that apply to all line of sight analyses in the scene view
            LineOfSight.VisibleColor = Color.Cyan;
            LineOfSight.ObstructedColor = Color.Magenta;

            // Create an analysis overlay to contain the analysis and add it to the scene view
            AnalysisOverlay lineOfSightOverlay = new AnalysisOverlay();

        private void SceneViewTapped(object sender, Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls.GeoViewInputEventArgs e)
            // Ignore if tapped out of bounds (e.g. the sky).
            if (e.Location == null)

            // When the view is tapped, define the observer or target location with the tap point as appropriate
            if (_observerLocation == null)
                // Define the observer location (plus an offset for observer height) and set the target to the same point
                _observerLocation = new MapPoint(e.Location.X, e.Location.Y, e.Location.Z + _zOffset);
                _lineOfSightAnalysis.ObserverLocation = _observerLocation;
                _lineOfSightAnalysis.TargetLocation = _observerLocation;

                // Clear the target location (if any) so the next click will define the target
                _targetLocation = null;
            else if (_targetLocation == null)
                // Define the target
                _targetLocation = new MapPoint(e.Location.X, e.Location.Y, e.Location.Z + _zOffset);
                _lineOfSightAnalysis.TargetLocation = _targetLocation;

                // Clear the observer location so it can be defined again
                _observerLocation = null;