Network Analyst - Transportation across cost raster

05-18-2022 08:48 AM
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Hi All,

Looking for some advice on putting together a work flow for calculating routes over a cost raster. The goal of this project is to determine the best routes from many origins to many destinations, while accounting for costs of travelling through different sections of the raster. For confidentiality reasons I can't discuss my actual scenario, but for example, trying to route a fleet of loud vehicles to avoid area's of high population density. 

My original thought was to do a origin destination cost matrix, but the issue I'm having is that the only "mode" to determine the routes is either "time" or "distance". If, instead, I wanted to calculate optimal "cost" (in this case, minimal distance travelled in area's of high population, how would I go about doing this?

Any input would be great. I currently have access to ArcGIS Pro Standard, with both the Network and Spatial Analyst extensions. I am fairly new to these extensions, but do have a basic understanding of how they work.



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