Good morning, I am trying to create new territories for our inspectors based on the number of locations to be inspected. Our office is centrally located in the county. We are wanting to have wedge-shaped territories radiating from our office, like pieces of a pie. Any suggestions on how to have the GIS assist with the division?
When i did districts for my codes enforcement inspectors i used the Districting for ArcGIS | Overview the tool is intended for political boundaries but i used five years of historical inspection data to create a balanced set of districts.
P.S. Sheldon, it is great to see you on here. I worked in Big Bend NP for a while and miss the wide open spaces. I would love to have a private conversation and hear more about your work for NPS.
Just wanted to toss out a couple of ideas, though it may be more elaborate than you want:
1. Most of the inspections will likely require transiting a street network. If points could be established at the center of each "territory" (see the idea by Wes Miller , then if you have access to the Network Analyst Extension, you could run a Location Allocation to refine the territories.
2. In terms of figuring out where to place the "center" of each territory, there may possibly be a way to derive those centers using the Geostatsical Analyst Extension. However, I'm not super-familair with this extension, so we'd need someone who is to chime in here.
Chris Donohue, GISP