Optimizing Organic Waste Diversion Using a Vehicle Routing Model

Table of Contents

  1. Optimizing Organic Waste Diversion Using a Vehicle Routing Model
  2. Setting up Your Workspace
  3. Preparing the Data
  4. Skill Drill: Clip the Roads Layer to the City of Eureka
  5. Skill Drill: Add a Time Cost Attribute to the Roads Layer
  6. Skill Drill: Adding XY Data
  7. Skill Drill: Geocoding an Address  and Creating a CSV Table to Import As XY Data
  8. Creating A Network Dataset
  9. Setting up a Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP)
  10. Loading Orders into the Model
  11. Loading the Depot into the Model
  12. Adding Route Parameters into the Model
  13. Adding a Route Renewal into the Model
  14. Adjusting the Analysis Setting of Model
  15. Running the Vehicle Routing Model
  16. Skill Drill: Adding a Second Garbage Truck to the Model
  17. Skill Drill: Adjusting the Model to include Rear-Loading Trucks
  18. Skill Drill: Creating a Map of the Results

Loading the Depot into the Model

As you will recall from the lecture videos, Modeling Network Paths, the depot is a route starting point and ending point. In this scenario, the depot is the Eureka Garbage Station. The garbage trucks will begin and end their routes at this location. Depots also have attributes that influence cost or place limitations on the model. In this model, our depots have attributes that include a starting time and an ending time. The model will be limited to calculating routes within this time window. Right-click on Depots in the Network Analyst window and select Load Locations. From the drop-down menu next to Load From, select the garbage dump layer. Depot parameters are defined under the Location Analysis Properties pane using two attributes, Field, and Default Value. If the layer does not have a field that matches the property, a default value may be entered instead.

An image of the Depot load locations window.

Use the following values in the Location Analysis Properties. Keep the default values for any properties not listed here.

PropertyFieldDefault Value
NameName 
TimeWindowStart1 5:00:00 AM
TimeWindowEnd1  7:00:00 PM
CurbApproach  Either side of vehicle

Once the values above are entered, click OK.