Planning and Optimizing Large Routes Using the Enterprise Architect
The Route4Me Enterprise Architect allows you to easily plan and optimize multiple routes with hundreds of stops in a fast and smooth manner. It enables you to effortlessly compile and dispatch substantially-sized routes without any limitations of your internet connection or capacity of your web browser. The combination of powerful optimization and precise geocoding will ensure that you always plan the most time-efficient and cost-effective routes.
To plan and optimize routes using the Enterprise Architect, first, you need to import the addresses you want to use into the “Addresses” tab. To do so, you can upload a file with addresses from your computer or add addresses from your Route4Me Address Book.
Once you added the addresses you want to use for planning and optimizing one or multiple routes into the “Addresses” tab, click on the “Optimization” button in the navigation menu.
Next, specify the route and optimization parameters respectively. In the “General” tab, first, type the name of the route into the corresponding field. When planning multiple routes from one optimization, the same name will be assigned to all planned routes with additional indexation to differentiate them.
Next, check the box next to “Default Depot” to set a specific starting point for the route. If the “Default Depot” is not selected, the first address on the list of addresses will be the first stop on the corresponding route. If you add the “Default Depot” when planning multiple routes, all planned routes will start from the same “Default Depot.” You can also geocode the depot’s address and get its latitude and longitude coordinates by clicking on the corresponding button.
Then, select one of the grouping parameters for the optimization. “Multiple, grouping addresses” plans and optimizes multiple routes by grouping the addresses into separate routes based on the selected parameter. To enable “Multiple, grouping addresses,” check the corresponding box and select the grouping parameter from the “Grouped by” drop-down list. You can adjust the parameters in the “Grouped by” drop-down list by modifying the columns in the “Addresses” tab.
“Single, using all addresses” plans and optimizes one route with all selected addresses.
In the “Schedule” tab, set the start time and date of the route(s) as well as the service time for each stop.
In the “Turn Restrictions” tab, select whether to permit or avoid “U-Turns,” “Left-Turns,” and/or “Right-Turns.”
In the “Optimization” tab, first, select the preferred “Routing Type”
– End Route at Departure Address (Round Trip): The route is optimized by the Enterprise Architect and ends at the same stop where it starts. When the route is optimized, you get the most time-and-cost-efficient sequence of stops;
- – End Route at Any Address: The route is optimized by the Enterprise Architect and ends at any stop that is the most efficient in terms of time and distance;
– End Route at Last Address: The route is optimized by the Enterprise Architect and ends at the last stop on the route.
Next, select the “Optimization Type.” The “Single Route” type plans and optimizes one route with all selected addresses.
The “Multiple Drivers Route, Time Window, Capacity” type plans and optimizes multiple routes taking into account the corresponding parameters.
You can also disable the optimization to plan the route with the same sequence of stops as the one in the “Addresses” tab. To do so, check the corresponding box.
In the “User” tab, select the User and the Vehicle that you want to assign to the route(s).
In the “Bundling” tab, you can aggregate the metrics of multiple customers into single clusters/stops on the route(s). This feature allows you to aggregate the metrics of different customers that are located in the same building/location for the convenience of your drivers and other team members. To enable “Bundling,” check the corresponding box.
In the “When Building” section, select which parameter you want to aggregate by checking the corresponding boxes.
In the “Service Time Bundling Aggregation Rules” section, select one of the aggregation parameters for the “Service Time” of each stop on the route(s).
In the “Optimization_File” tab, you can upload a complete optimization of the route(s) in the form of a JSON file. To do so, click “Load” and import the file from your computer.
After specifying all parameters, click “Start” to plan and optimize the route(s).
Once you planned and optimized one or multiple routes, they are displayed in the “Routes” tab of the Enterprise Architect respectively. From the Enterprise Architect, you can assign a User and a Vehicle to the route by clicking on the corresponding buttons. You can also export the route in the form of a CSV file. The routes that are planned and optimized using the Enterprise Architect are automatically synchronized with your Route4Me Web Account.
To view the planned route on the map, first, select it, and then click on the “Map” button next to it or in the navigation menu. Alternatively, go to the “Map” tab at the top of the screen.
In the Enterprise Architect, you can view the route on the map but you cannot edit it. Once the route is planned in the Enterprise Architect it is automatically synchronized with your Route4Me Web Account where you can edit it using the Route Editor respectively.