Network Analyst - Minimizing Stops

12-30-2019 10:35 AM
New Contributor III

I've created a route for our meter readers who are now reading meters through radio signal. That being said, they don't have to physically stop at each meter, then just need to be within a certain distance. For example, they may be reading a meter in a neighborhood on one street, and can also pick up a reading for a meter on the next street over since they're in such close proximity to each other. Though I've loaded all the meters as waypoints/stops to make sure they all get read, there are situations like this where the crew members don't need to drive down certain streets. Is there an automatic process to cut out those parts of the route? If a meter is in a certain distance of a route, is there a way to mark that meter as "reached" and avoid unnecessary driving past those meters?

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Esri Regular Contributor

Nothing straightforward. But, if you have an existing route that you are running, you could use the GP Buffer tool to buffer that route line and then use it select all the meter points within that buffer. Now you will have to figure out how to use this information to re-route the existing route by not visiting some roads that have all their meters covered by some other part of the route. 

Jay Sandhu

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