Viewshed (location)

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Perform a viewshed analysis from a defined vantage point.

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Use case

A 3D viewshed analysis is a type of visual analysis you can perform on a scene. The viewshed shows what can be seen from a given location. The output is an overlay with two different colors - one representing the visible areas (green) and the other representing the obstructed areas (red). Viewshed analysis is a form of "exploratory analysis", which means the results are calculated on the current scale of the data, and the results are generated very quickly. If more "conclusive" results are required, consider using a GeoprocessingTask to perform a viewshed instead.

How to use the sample

Use the sliders to change the properties (heading, pitch, etc.), of the viewshed and see them updated in real time. To move the viewshed, double touch and drag your finger across the screen. Lift your finger to stop moving the viewshed.

How it works

  1. Create a LocationViewshed passing in the observer location, heading, pitch, horizontal/vertical angles, and min/max distances.
  2. Set the property values on the viewshed instance for location, direction, range, and visibility properties.

Relevant API

  • AnalysisOverlay
  • ArcGISSceneLayer
  • ArcGISTiledElevationSource
  • LocationViewshed
  • Viewshed

About the data

The scene shows a buildings layer in Brest, France hosted on ArcGIS Online.

Tags

3D, frustum, scene, viewshed, visibility analysis

Sample Code

ViewshedLocation.qmlColorDialog.qmlViewshedLocation.cppViewshedLocation.hViewshedSlider.qml
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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// [WriteFile Name=ViewshedLocation, Category=Analysis]
// [Legal]
// Copyright 2017 Esri.

// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
// http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
// [Legal]

import QtQuick 2.6
import QtQuick.Controls 2.2
import QtQuick.Window 2.2
import Esri.Samples 1.0

ViewshedLocationSample {
    id: viewshedSample
    clip: true
    width: 800
    height: 600


    SceneView {
        id: sceneView
        objectName: "sceneView"
        anchors.fill: parent

        Rectangle {
            anchors {
                right: parent.right
                bottom: sceneView.attributionTop
                margins: 10
            }
            visible: !optionPanel.visible
            width: 45
            height: width
            color: "white"
            radius: 25

            Image {
                anchors.centerIn: parent
                source: "qrc:/Samples/Analysis/ViewshedLocation/settings.png"
                width: 40
                height: width
            }

            MouseArea {
                anchors.fill: parent
                onClicked: optionPanel.visible = true;
            }
        }


        Rectangle {
            id: optionPanel
            anchors {
                right: parent.right
                top: parent.top
                bottom: sceneView.attributionTop
            }
            width: 260
            visible: false
            color: "white"
            opacity: 0.85

            Flickable {
                anchors {
                    fill: parent
                    margins: 5
                }
                contentWidth: parent.width
                contentHeight: parent.height
                flickableDirection: Flickable.VerticalFlick

                Column {
                    id: optionColumn
                    spacing: 10
                    width: optionPanel.width

                    Item {
                        width: parent.width
                        height: 25

                        Text {
                            text: "Viewshed Options"
                            anchors.horizontalCenter: parent.horizontalCenter
                            font.pixelSize: 18
                            font.underline: true

                        }

                        Rectangle {
                            anchors {
                                right: parent.right
                                verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            }
                            width: 45
                            height: width
                            color: "transparent"

                            Image {
                                anchors.centerIn: parent
                                source: "qrc:/Samples/Analysis/ViewshedLocation/close.png"
                                width: 40
                                height: width
                            }

                            MouseArea {
                                anchors.fill: parent
                                onClicked: optionPanel.visible = false;
                            }
                        }
                    }

                    Item {
                        width: parent.width
                        height: 25

                        Text {
                            anchors.verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            width: parent.width * 0.75
                            text: qsTr("Viewshed Visible")
                            font.pixelSize: 14
                        }

                        Switch {
                            anchors {
                                right: parent.right
                                margins: 10
                                verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            }
                            checked: true
                            onCheckedChanged: viewshedSample.viewshedVisible = checked;
                        }
                    }

                    Item {
                        width: parent.width
                        height: 25

                        Text {
                            anchors.verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            width: parent.width * 0.75
                            text: qsTr("Frustum Outline Visible")
                            font.pixelSize: 14
                        }

                        Switch {
                            anchors {
                                right: parent.right
                                margins: 10
                                verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            }
                            checked: false
                            onCheckedChanged: viewshedSample.frustumVisible = checked;
                        }
                    }

                    ViewshedSlider {
                        titleText: qsTr("Min Distance (m)")
                        parameterValue: viewshedSample.minDistance
                        minValue: 1
                        maxValue: 2000
                        onParameterValueChanged: viewshedSample.minDistance = parameterValue;
                    }

                    ViewshedSlider {
                        titleText: qsTr("Max Distance (m)")
                        parameterValue: viewshedSample.maxDistance
                        minValue: 1
                        maxValue: 2000
                        onParameterValueChanged: viewshedSample.maxDistance = parameterValue;
                    }

                    ViewshedSlider {
                        titleText: qsTr("Vertical Angle")
                        parameterValue: viewshedSample.verticalAngle
                        minValue: 1
                        maxValue: 120
                        onParameterValueChanged: viewshedSample.verticalAngle = parameterValue;
                    }

                    ViewshedSlider {
                        titleText: qsTr("Horizontal Angle")
                        parameterValue: viewshedSample.horizontalAngle
                        minValue: 1
                        maxValue: 120
                        onParameterValueChanged: viewshedSample.horizontalAngle = parameterValue;
                    }

                    ViewshedSlider {
                        titleText: qsTr("Heading")
                        parameterValue: viewshedSample.heading
                        minValue: 1
                        maxValue: 359
                        onParameterValueChanged: viewshedSample.heading = parameterValue;
                    }

                    ViewshedSlider {
                        titleText: qsTr("Pitch")
                        parameterValue: viewshedSample.pitch
                        minValue: 1
                        maxValue: 179
                        onParameterValueChanged: viewshedSample.pitch = parameterValue;
                    }

                    Row {
                        width: parent.width
                        height: 25
                        spacing: 5

                        Text {
                            anchors.verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            width: parent.width * 0.75
                            text: qsTr("Visible Color")
                            font.pixelSize: 14
                        }

                        Rectangle {
                            anchors {
                                margins: 10
                                verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            }
                            width: 25
                            height: width
                            border {
                                color: "black"
                                width: 1
                            }
                            color: viewshedSample.visibleColor
                            radius: 4

                            MouseArea {
                                anchors.fill: parent
                                onClicked: {
                                    visibleColorDialog.open();
                                }
                            }
                        }
                    }

                    Row {
                        width: parent.width
                        height: 25
                        spacing: 5

                        Text {
                            anchors.verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            width: parent.width * 0.75
                            text: qsTr("Obstructed Color")
                            font.pixelSize: 14
                        }

                        Rectangle {
                            anchors {
                                margins: 10
                                verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
                            }
                            width: 25
                            height: width
                            border {
                                color: "black"
                                width: 1
                            }
                            color: viewshedSample.obstructedColor
                            radius: 4

                            MouseArea {
                                anchors.fill: parent
                                onClicked: {
                                    obstructedColorDialog.open();
                                }
                            }
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    }

    ColorDialog {
        id: visibleColorDialog
        modal: true
        x: Math.round(parent.width - width) / 2
        y: Math.round(parent.height - height) / 2
        onAccepted: {
            viewshedSample.visibleColor = visibleColorDialog.color;
        }
        onOpened: {
            setColor(viewshedSample.visibleColor);
        }
    }

    ColorDialog {
        id: obstructedColorDialog
        modal: true
        x: Math.round(parent.width - width) / 2
        y: Math.round(parent.height - height) / 2
        onAccepted: {
            viewshedSample.obstructedColor = obstructedColorDialog.color;
        }
        onOpened: {
            setColor(viewshedSample.obstructedColor);
        }
    }
}

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