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ITiledMapServer Interface (ArcObjects .NET 10.8 SDK)
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ITiledMapServer Interface

Provides access to members that serve tiled maps. Note: the ITiledMapServer interface has been superseded by ITiledMapServer2. Please consider using the more recent version.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.


Name Description
Method GetCacheName Gets the cache name for a given layer within a map.
Method GetLayerTile Gets a tile for a given tile location from a given layer.
Method GetMapTile Gets a tile for a given tile location from a given map.
Method GetTileCacheInfo Gets the cache configuration for a given map.
Method GetVirtualCacheDirectory Gets the virtual cache directory for a given layer within a map.
Method HasLayerCache Indicates if a given layer has a single tile cache.
Method HasSingleFusedMapCache Indicates if a given map has a single fused map tile cache.
Method IsFixedScaleMap Indicates if a given map is a fixed scale map.

Classes that implement ITiledMapServer

Classes Description
MapServerIP Map Server Message Proxy.
MapServerLP Map Server LAN Proxy.


ITiledMapServer has methods that allow the caller  to discover if a map service is cached, the type of the cache and the tiling scheme for the cache. ITiledMapServer also has methods to determine the virtual directory for the cache and methods to retrieve tiles from the cache.

A tiled map has a number of LODs (Levels of Detail). Each LOD, which corresponds to a map at given map scale, contains many tiles. Each tile consists of pixels, and number of pixels in a tile (described as TileROWs and TileCOLs) is the same at all levels, but the pixel size, in map space, of a tile varies with LOD.


Tiled Map Structure


The ITiledMapServer, ITileCacheInfo and ILODInfo interfaces are used to access a tiled map that is served through ArcGIS for Server.

To get the pixel size (in map space) at a given LOD, use following code snippet:

    Dim pTiledMap As ITiledMapServer
    Dim pTileCacheInfo As ITileCacheInfo
    Set pTiledMapInfo = pMapServer
    Set pTileCacheInfo = pTiledMap.GetTileCacheInfo("usa")
    Dim Resolution As Double
    Dim pLODInfos As ILODInfos
    Dim pLODInfo As ILODInfo
    Set pLODInfos = pTileCacheInfo.LODInfos
    Set pLODInfo = pLODs.Element(i)
    Resolution = pLOD.Resolution

The dimension of a tile can be retrieved by ITileMapServer::TileRows and TileCols respectively.

TileRows = pTiledMap::TileRows
TileCols = pTiledMap::TileCols

Each tile is assigned a row and column number (TROW, TCOL) in a tile coordinate system. TROW, which starts from 0, increases from �top to bottom� (i.e tile row number increases as map y coordinate decreases). TCOL, also starting from 0, increases from �left to right� (i.e. tile column number increases as map x coordinate increases).

The size of tile, in map space, at a given LOD can be obtained by:

TileWidth = TileCols * Resolution
TileHeight = TileRows * Resolution

The tiling origin, in map space, is the same for all LODs, and can be obtained from ITileCacheInfo.Origin property.

xorigin = pTileCacheInfo.Origin.X
yorigin = pTileCacheInfo.Origin.Y

Given a map coordinate (x, y) the tile coordinates (TCOL, TROW) of the tile containing it for a given LOD are given by:

TCOL  = floor ( (x � xorigin) /  TileWidth )
TROW = floor ( (yorigin � y) / TileHeight )

The corner points in map coordinates of a tile with tile coordinates (TROW, TCOL) are:

xmin =  xorigin + (TCOL * TileWidth)
xmax = xmin + TileWidth
ymax =  yorigin  - (TROW * TileHeight)
ymin = ymax - TileHeight

Tiles are semi-open, include the boundaries corresponding to xmin, ymax.