I'm hoping to find some pointers for a project that i'm supposed to be working on as part of a team. We're going to create an extension within ArcMap that uses python to process information within a shapefile that the user drags into a toolbox. The program is supposed to determine as final output the best routes for laying collector cables.
The model will need to account for, among other things, road allowances, properties signed onto the project, the maximum number of Wind Turbines per electrical circuit, environmental features, cost for running x number of collector cable circuits overhead, cost for running x number of collector cable circuits underground etc
It's a pain because i've got to learn a new language from scratch. Anyway, i understand that such models exist already and i was wondering if someone could shoot me off in the right direction by pointing one or more out and possibly any other useful resources as well.