Counting inspections as a cost in Location-Allocation/ Service Area problem

04-07-2011 10:16 AM
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I have kind of a weird problem.  I have 3 fixed locations which need to conduct ~2000 inspections across an area.  Distance and time do not really matter but I need to make sure that all of the inspections are covered.  The load would be ideally equally distributed across the 3 locations. I want the network to calculate cost radially out from the 3 locations.  Anyone got any ideas?

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Location-Allocation will assign each of the 2000 inspection sites to the closest of the three facilities.
This may not be the solution you are looking for. Perhaps you can use the Vehicle Problem Solver to solve this. Make your 2000 inspection locations as Orders. Make your three facilities as depots and add three routes, one for each depot. Set each Depot to have a capacity of 667 and solve. You may have to adjust the capcity and relax some constraints but you should have a reasonable solution.

Jay Sandhu
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