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Extrude graphics

Sample Viewer View Sample on GitHub

Extrude graphics based on an attribute value.

Use case

Graphics representing features can be vertically extruded to represent properties of the data that might otherwise go unseen. Extrusion can add visual prominence to data beyond what may be offered by varying the color, size, or shape of symbol alone. For example, graphics representing wind turbines in a wind farm application can be extruded by a real-world "height" attribute so that they can be visualized in a landscape. Likewise, census data can be extruded by a thematic "population" attribute to visually convey population levels across a country.

How to use the sample

Run the sample. Note that the graphics are extruded to the level set in their height property.

How it works

  1. Create a GraphicsOverlay and SimpleRenderer.
  2. Set the RendererSceneProperties.extrusionMode for the renderer to Enums.ExtrusionModeBaseHeight.
  3. Specify the attribute name of the graphic that the extrusion mode will use: RendererSceneProperties.extrusionExpression: "[height]".
  4. Set the renderer on the graphics overlay.
  5. Create graphics with the attribute set: graphic.attributes.insertAttribute("height", z).

Relevant API

  • RendererSceneProperties
  • ExtrusionMode
  • RendererSceneProperties.extrusionExpression
  • SimpleRenderer

About the data

Data is hard coded in this sample as a demonstration of how to create and set an attribute to a graphic. To extrude graphics based on pre-existing attributes (e.g. from a feature layer) see the FeatureLayerExtrusion sample.


3D, extrude, extrusion, height, scene, visualization

Sample Code

import QtQuick 2.6
import QtQuick.Controls 2.2
import Esri.ArcGISRuntime 100.9

Rectangle {
    width: 800
    height: 600

    property real size: 0.01
    property int maxZ: 1000
    property var colors: []

    // Create a scene view
    SceneView {
        id: sceneView
        anchors.fill: parent

        // create a scene...scene is a default property of sceneview
        // and thus will get added to the sceneview
        Scene {
            // add a basemap
            BasemapImagery {}

            // add a surface...surface is a default property of scene
            Surface {
                // add an arcgis tiled elevation source...elevation source is a default property of surface
                ArcGISTiledElevationSource {
                    url: ""

        GraphicsOverlay {
            id: graphicsOverlay

            SimpleRenderer {
                RendererSceneProperties {
                    extrusionMode: Enums.ExtrusionModeBaseHeight
                    extrusionExpression: "[height]"
                    style: Enums.SimpleFillSymbolStyleSolid;
                    color: "red"

        Component.onCompleted: {
            // set viewpoint to the specified camera

    // create the camera to be used as the scene view's viewpoint
    Camera {
        id: camera
        location: Point {
            x: 83.9
            y: 28.4
            z: 10010.0
            spatialReference: SpatialReference { wkid: 4326 }
        heading: 10.0
        pitch: 80.0
        roll: 0.0

    function createGraphics(){
        const lon = camera.location.x;
        const lat = camera.location.y + 0.2;

        // create a random set of points
        const points = [];
        for (let i = 0; i <= 100; i++) {
            const point = ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment.createObject("Point", {x:i / 10 * (size * 2) + lon, y:i % 10 * (size * 2) + lat, spatialReference:sceneView.spatialReference});

        // for each point construct a polygon by manipulating the co-ordinates
        points.forEach(item => {
            const randNum = Math.ceil(Math.random() * 6);
            const z = maxZ * randNum;
            const newPoints = [createPoint(item.x, item.y, z),
                               createPoint(item.x + size, item.y, z),
                               createPoint(item.x + size, item.y + size, z),
                               createPoint(item.x, item.y + size, z)];

            // create a graphic
            const graphic = ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment.createObject("Graphic", {geometry: createPolygonFromPoints(newPoints)});
            graphic.attributes.insertAttribute("height", z);

    // create a polygon from a list of points
    function createPolygonFromPoints(pointsList) {
        const polygonBuilder = ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment.createObject("PolygonBuilder");
        polygonBuilder.spatialReference = sceneView.spatialReference;

        pointsList.forEach(pnt => polygonBuilder.addPoint(pnt));
        return polygonBuilder.geometry;

    // create a point
    function createPoint(x, y, z) {
        return ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment.createObject("Point", {x:x, y:y, z:z, spatialReference: sceneView.spatialReference});