# Best Network Analyst tool to use...

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02-17-2016 05:58 AM
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Hi folks,

A really simple query for you all. I have a dataset of offices (n=50) and a dataset of staff home locations and which office they belong to (n=circa 4500). I want to calculate driving routes and distances from each employees home to their office. What is the best network analyst tool to use for this task?

Many thanks,

Aaron

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You just have a shortest route analysis,

• type 1:  multiple origins to one destination... this will give you the drive path and times from home to work.
• type 2:  one origin to multiple destinations... this will give you the drive path and times from work to home.

Note that the paths to, paths from work need not be the same. And if you intend to model travel time into the analysis, it will get very complicated.

To simplify the above... particularly if you only want a rough estimate, then you could do a sequential service area analysis, away from work say in increments of 1 km, to get an idea which people live within each service area ring (make sure rings are separated and not overlapping)

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MVP Emeritus

You just have a shortest route analysis,

• type 1:  multiple origins to one destination... this will give you the drive path and times from home to work.
• type 2:  one origin to multiple destinations... this will give you the drive path and times from work to home.

Note that the paths to, paths from work need not be the same. And if you intend to model travel time into the analysis, it will get very complicated.

To simplify the above... particularly if you only want a rough estimate, then you could do a sequential service area analysis, away from work say in increments of 1 km, to get an idea which people live within each service area ring (make sure rings are separated and not overlapping)