I'm intending to calculate the walking distance (not the linear distance, but the "real travelled distance") to several locations (e.g. social infrastructure). Thus I will have to create a routable network.

Most implementations I found are based on a single point only. This would be hell of work, so I hoped there is a possible solution to do the calculation at once for a set of multiple points.

I think the way to go would be PostgreSQL and pgrouting with dijkstra, but I'm not sure. My input layer is a point layer with the given locations, then I have OSM data which has to be made routable. What is the best way to achieve getting isochrone or isodistance (travelled distance) maps?

I also took a look at grapphopper, which seems to be great and easy to configure for an isochrone map of a single point, but I didn't find an implementation for a multipoint isochrones case.

Any hints?

  • graphhopper does multi-point routes graphhopper.com/maps/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 19:55
  • I know, that is does multipoint routes, but I think it doesn't do isochrones for several locations calculated in one step. I could do the calculation for each point and then merge the isochrone/isodistance polygones, but that isn't my first choice.
    – Catarina
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 20:03

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With pgRouting you may need a few steps, but the basic function pgr_drivingDistance allows to use an array of start points: https://docs.pgrouting.org/latest/en/pgr_drivingDistance.html#pgr-drivingdistance

SELECT * FROM pgr_drivingDistance( 'SELECT id, source, target, cost, reverse_cost FROM edge_table', array[2,13], 3, equicost:=true );

This will return a list of network nodes with the cost, that is needed to reach each node. You can use other pgRouting functions to create polygons for example: https://docs.pgrouting.org/latest/en/pgr_drivingDistance.html#see-also

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