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Spatial relationships

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Determine spatial relationships between two geometries.

Image of spatial relationships

Use case

In case of a natural disaster, emergency services can represent the affected areas using polygons. By determining the spatial relationships between these and any other existing features such as populated areas, infrastructure, or natural resources, it is possible to quickly determine which of the existing features might be affected or is in further danger, helping to assess risk and define further action.

How to use the sample

Select one of the three graphics. The tree view will list the relationships the selected graphic has to the other graphic geometries.

How it works

  1. Get the geometry from two different graphics. In this example the geometry of the selected graphic is compared to the geometry of each unselected graphic.
  2. Use the methods in GeometryEngine to check the relationship between the geometries, e.g. contains, disjoint, intersects, etc. If the method returns true, the relationship exists.

Relevant API

  • Geometry
  • GeometryEngine
  • GeometryEngine.Contains
  • GeometryEngine.Crosses
  • GeometryEngine.Disjoint
  • GeometryEngine.Intersects
  • GeometryEngine.Overlaps
  • GeometryEngine.Touches
  • GeometryEngine.Within
  • GeometryType
  • Graphic
  • Point
  • Polygon
  • Polyline


geometries, relationship, spatial analysis

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                Text="Tap a graphic to see its relationship with the others."
                TextWrapping="Wrap" />
// Copyright 2018 Esri.
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using System;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Data;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Symbology;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using Windows.UI.Popups;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.SpatialRelationships
        name: "Spatial relationships",
        category: "Geometry",
        description: "Determine spatial relationships between two geometries.",
        instructions: "Select one of the three graphics. The tree view will list the relationships the selected graphic has to the other graphic geometries.",
        tags: new[] { "geometries", "relationship", "spatial analysis" })]
    public partial class SpatialRelationships
        // References to the graphics and graphics overlay
        private GraphicsOverlay _graphicsOverlay;
        private Graphic _polygonGraphic;
        private Graphic _polylineGraphic;
        private Graphic _pointGraphic;

        public SpatialRelationships()

            // Setup the control references and execute initialization

        private void Initialize()
            // Configure the basemap
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateTopographic());

            // Create the graphics overlay
            _graphicsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

            // Add the overlay to the MapView

            // Set the selection color
            MyMapView.SelectionProperties.Color = Color.Yellow;

            // Create the point collection that defines the polygon
            PointCollection polygonPoints = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.WebMercator)
                new MapPoint(-5991501.677830, 5599295.131468),
                new MapPoint(-6928550.398185, 2087936.739807),
                new MapPoint(-3149463.800709, 1840803.011362),
                new MapPoint(-1563689.043184, 3714900.452072),
                new MapPoint(-3180355.516764, 5619889.608838)

            // Create the polygon
            Polygon polygonGeometry = new Polygon(polygonPoints);

            // Define the symbology of the polygon
            SimpleLineSymbol polygonOutlineSymbol = new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Solid, System.Drawing.Color.Green, 2);
            SimpleFillSymbol polygonFillSymbol = new SimpleFillSymbol(SimpleFillSymbolStyle.ForwardDiagonal, System.Drawing.Color.Green, polygonOutlineSymbol);

            // Create the polygon graphic and add it to the graphics overlay
            _polygonGraphic = new Graphic(polygonGeometry, polygonFillSymbol);

            // Create the point collection that defines the polyline
            PointCollection polylinePoints = new PointCollection(SpatialReferences.WebMercator)
                new MapPoint(-4354240.726880, -609939.795721),
                new MapPoint(-3427489.245210, 2139422.933233),
                new MapPoint(-2109442.693501, 4301843.057130),
                new MapPoint(-1810822.771630, 7205664.366363)

            // Create the polyline
            Polyline polylineGeometry = new Polyline(polylinePoints);

            // Create the polyline graphic and add it to the graphics overlay
            _polylineGraphic = new Graphic(polylineGeometry, new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbolStyle.Dash, System.Drawing.Color.Red, 4));

            // Create the point geometry that defines the point graphic
            MapPoint pointGeometry = new MapPoint(-4487263.495911, 3699176.480377, SpatialReferences.WebMercator);

            // Define the symbology for the point
            SimpleMarkerSymbol locationMarker = new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbolStyle.Circle, System.Drawing.Color.Blue, 10);

            // Create the point graphic and add it to the graphics overlay
            _pointGraphic = new Graphic(pointGeometry, locationMarker);

            // Listen for taps; the spatial relationships will be updated in the handler
            MyMapView.GeoViewTapped += MapViewTapped;

            // Set the viewpoint to center on the point
            MyMapView.SetViewpointCenterAsync(pointGeometry, 200000000);

        private async void MapViewTapped(object sender, GeoViewInputEventArgs geoViewInputEventArgs)
            // Identify the tapped graphics
            IdentifyGraphicsOverlayResult result = null;

                result = await MyMapView.IdentifyGraphicsOverlayAsync(_graphicsOverlay, geoViewInputEventArgs.Position, 1, false);
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

            // Return if there are no results
            if (result == null || result.Graphics.Count < 1)

            // Get the first identified graphic
            Graphic identifiedGraphic = result.Graphics.First();

            // Clear any existing selection, then select the tapped graphic
            identifiedGraphic.IsSelected = true;

            // Get the selected graphic's geometry
            Geometry selectedGeometry = identifiedGraphic.Geometry;

            // Perform the calculation and show the results
            ResultTextbox.Text = GetOutputText(selectedGeometry);

        private string GetOutputText(Geometry selectedGeometry)
            string output = "";

            // Get the relationships
            List<SpatialRelationship> polygonRelationships = GetSpatialRelationships(selectedGeometry, _polygonGraphic.Geometry);
            List<SpatialRelationship> polylineRelationships = GetSpatialRelationships(selectedGeometry, _polylineGraphic.Geometry);
            List<SpatialRelationship> pointRelationships = GetSpatialRelationships(selectedGeometry, _pointGraphic.Geometry);

            // Add the point relationships to the output
            if (selectedGeometry.GeometryType != GeometryType.Point)
                output += "Point:\n";
                foreach (SpatialRelationship relationship in pointRelationships)
                    output += $"\t{relationship}\n";
            // Add the polygon relationships to the output
            if (selectedGeometry.GeometryType != GeometryType.Polygon)
                output += "Polygon:\n";
                foreach (SpatialRelationship relationship in polygonRelationships)
                    output += $"\t{relationship}\n";
            // Add the polyline relationships to the output
            if (selectedGeometry.GeometryType != GeometryType.Polyline)
                output += "Polyline:\n";
                foreach (SpatialRelationship relationship in polylineRelationships)
                    output += $"\t{relationship}\n";

            return output;

        /// <summary>
        /// Returns a list of spatial relationships between two geometries
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="a">The 'a' in "a contains b"</param>
        /// <param name="b">The 'b' in "a contains b"</param>
        /// <returns>A list of spatial relationships that are true for a and b.</returns>
        private static List<SpatialRelationship> GetSpatialRelationships(Geometry a, Geometry b)
            List<SpatialRelationship> relationships = new List<SpatialRelationship>();
            if (GeometryEngine.Crosses(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Crosses); }
            if (GeometryEngine.Contains(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Contains); }
            if (GeometryEngine.Disjoint(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Disjoint); }
            if (GeometryEngine.Intersects(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Intersects); }
            if (GeometryEngine.Overlaps(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Overlaps); }
            if (GeometryEngine.Touches(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Touches); }
            if (GeometryEngine.Within(a, b)) { relationships.Add(SpatialRelationship.Within); }
            return relationships;