Nevron .NET Vision Documentation
Grid Surface

The Grid Surface chart displays a surface with user-defined elevation values for each data point and with X and Y coordinates which form a rectangular grid. Grid Surface series are represented by the NGridSurfaceSeries type. The following figure displays a typical grid surface chart.

Grid Surface Data

The surface elevation data is managed with the help of an NGridSurfaceData object, which is accessible through the Data property of the NGridSurfaceSeries class. The data is stored in a two-dimensional array of data points, where each data point has only one double value (the elevation value). The size of the surface is controlled with the help of the SetGridSize method of the NGridSurfaceData class. It accepts two integer parameters - sizeX (defines the width of the surface) and sizeZ (defines the depth of the surface). The SetValue method sets a value at a specified X and Z index (with this method you can actually feed the surface data). The supplied value must be of type System.Double. If you need to specify an invalid data point at some position you have to use DBNull.Value instead of a double value. The following example creates a grid surface series with 9 data points (4 segments) and fills some data in it.

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// obtain a reference to the Cartesian chart that is created by default
NChart chart = nChartControl1.Charts[0];
// switch in 3D
chart.Enable3D = true;
// set aspect 1:1:1
chart.Width = 50;
chart.Height = 50;
chart.Depth = 50;
// set projection

// create a surface series
NGridSurfaceSeries surface = new NGridSurfaceSeries();
surface.FrameMode = SurfaceFrameMode.Mesh;
surface.Name = "Grid Surface";
// add some data
surface.Data.SetGridSize(3, 3);
surface.Data.SetValue(0, 0, 0.8);
surface.Data.SetValue(1, 0, 0.0);
surface.Data.SetValue(2, 0, 0.0);
surface.Data.SetValue(0, 1, 1.0);
surface.Data.SetValue(1, 1, 1.2);
surface.Data.SetValue(2, 1, 0.5);
surface.Data.SetValue(0, 2, 4.0);
surface.Data.SetValue(1, 2, 2.0);
surface.Data.SetValue(2, 2, 1.3);
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' obtain a reference to the Cartesian chart that is created by default
Dim chart As NChart = NChartControl1.Charts(0)
' switch in 3D
chart.Enable3D = True

' set aspect 1:1:1
chart.Width = 50
chart.Height = 50
chart.Depth = 50
' set projection
' create a surface series
Dim surface As New NGridSurfaceSeries
surface.FrameMode = SurfaceFrameMode.Mesh
surface.Name = "Grid Surface"
' add some data
surface.Data.SetGridSize(3, 3)
surface.Data.SetValue(0, 0, 0.8)
surface.Data.SetValue(1, 0, 0.0)
surface.Data.SetValue(2, 0, 0.0)
surface.Data.SetValue(0, 1, 1.0)
surface.Data.SetValue(1, 1, 1.2)
surface.Data.SetValue(2, 1, 0.5)
surface.Data.SetValue(0, 2, 4.0)
surface.Data.SetValue(1, 2, 2.0)
surface.Data.SetValue(2, 2, 1.3)

The following figure displays the generated surface as well as the order of X and Z indices in a surface grid.

The GetValue method helps you read the value at the specified X and Z indices. It returns either an object of type System.Double or DBNull.Value (in case of invalid value). The GridSizeX and GridSizeZ properties can be used to retrieve respectively the current X and Z size of the surface data.

Grid Surface With Custom Colors

When the grid surface operates in CustomColors fill mode you also need to pass a color for each vertex. This is achieved using the SetColor method of the grid surface data object - for example:

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surface.Data.SetColor(0, 0, Color.Red);
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surface.Data.SetColor(0, 0, Color.Red)
Passing Large Amounts of Data

In addition to the SetValue and SetColor methods you can feed data to the grid surface by accessing its internal values and colors arrays (in case the surface uses custom colors). This saves function calls and is much faster. The following example shows how to pass data to the surface series directly:

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gridSurface.Data.SetGridSize(10, 10);
double[] gridValues = gridSurface.Data.Values;
uint[] gridColors = gridSurface.Data.Colors;

gridValues[0] = 10; // same as calling SetValue(0, 0, 10);
gridValues[1] = 20; // same as calling SetValue(1, 0, 20);
gridValues[10] = 20; // same as calling SetValue(0, 1, 20);

// colors are stored as ABGR values
gridColors[0] = 0xFF0000; // same as calling SetColor(0, 0, Color.Blue);
gridColors[1] = 0x00FF00; // same as calling SetColor(1, 0, Color.Green);
gridColors[10] = 0x0000FF; // same as calling SetColor(0, 1, Color.Red);

// notify the surface that data has changed

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gridSurface.Data.SetGridSize(10, 10)
Dim gridValues() As Double = gridSurface.Data.Values
Dim gridColors() As UInteger = gridSurface.Data.Colors

' same as calling SetValue(0, 0, 10)
gridValues(0) = 10
' same as calling SetValue(1, 0, 20)
gridValues(1) = 20
' same as calling SetValue(0, 1, 20)
gridValues(10) = 20

' colors are stored as ABGR values
' same as calling SetColor(0, 0, Color.Blue)
gridColors(0) = &HFF0000
' same as calling SetColor(1, 0, Color.Green)
gridColors(1) = &HFF00
' same as calling SetColor(0, 1, Color.Red)
gridColors(10) = &HFF

' notify the surface that data has changed

Surface cell triangulation

A grid cell is defined by four neighboring data points which form a square. Each grid cell can be triangulated in two alternative ways, depending on which pairs of points are connected with a diagonal. The selection of a diagonal is called cell triangulation. The grid surface supports several modes for cell triangulation. The default mode is MaxSum, which means that the points with maximum sum of the elevations are connected with a diagonal. The triangulation mode can be controlled through the CellTriangulationMode property. It accepts values from the SurfaceCellTriangulationMode enumeration.


The grid surface series can display lines with specified elevation and stroke style (isolines). The following code shows how to display an isoline at some value:

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NSurfaceIsoline isoline = new NSurfaceIsoline();

isoline.Value = 10;
isoline.StrokeStyle = new NStrokeStyle(1, Color.Red);


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Dim isoline As New NSurfaceIsoline

isoline.Value = 10
isoline.StrokeStyle = New NStrokeStyle(1, Color.Red)


Related Examples

Windows forms: Chart Gallery\Grid Surface\...

Wpf: Chart Gallery\Grid Surface\...

Web Forms: Chart Gallery\Grid Surface\...

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