For preperation of the winter season we want to calculate the most optimal routes for sprinkling salt on the roads. The analysis knows the following criteria: - vehicles start and stop at a single loading point - all available roads need to be sprinkled with salt - one route can take no longer than a certin time (lets assume 2 hours) - because of the limited load of salt per vehicle, the distance of a route is limited to the amount of salt available. (lets assume 10 km)
Network analyst of ArcGIS (10.0) assumes you have a start- and an endpoint to calculate the route. However, in this case it is not about calculating the fastest route from origin to destination, but about the most optimal routes to cover as much road distance as possible within a limited time frame.
Together with a collegue we're thinking about solutions, but we would appreciate it if you could give feedback on this interesting challenge. Now we are thinking about calculating midpoints for every road section and use those as destinations to calculate the route. If someone has better suggestions, please share!