Planning Routes Without Optimization (Disabled Optimization) Using the Route4Me Enterprise Architect
Route4Me’s Enterprise Architect is designed for geocoding and optimizing millions of points and producing the most efficient routes and address territories with hundreds of thousands of addresses in a smooth and quick manner. Enterprise Architect’s powerful routing engine is capable of evaluating billions of scenarios in order to show you the most efficient way to plan your routes for a single or multiple drivers. However, you can also disable the optimization at any time and plan your routes in any way you prefer. When the optimization is disabled, the Enterprise Architect does not sort the imported addresses by any parameters and plans the route(s) with the exact same stops sequence as in the route data spreadsheet that you import into the app.
To plan a route without optimization, first, import the addresses that you want to use into the Enterprise Architect and then geocode them. To geocode addresses, first, go to the “Addresses” tab and then import the addresses that you want to geocode by clicking on the “Import” button and then uploading the spreadsheet with addresses (in CSV format) from your device.
For the spreadsheet to be successfully processed, it must contain a header row and data rows. The header row defines the type of information you are importing, while the corresponding data rows contain the actual data that is being imported into the app. In addition to the obligatory “Address” column, you can also include other data columns with Route4Me’s reserved attributes (i.e., Revenue, Weight, etc.) and custom data. To learn more about Route4Me’s spreadsheet requirements, visit this page.
Once the spreadsheet is imported, all columns with their corresponding data are automatically uploaded to the “Addresses” tab. To geocode the imported addresses, click on the “Geocode” button respectively.
After that, select the column that contains the addresses that you want to geocode and then transfer it from the left-side list to the right-side list by clicking on the corresponding button. If you want to automatically upload all geocoded addresses to your Route4Me Synchronized Address Book, check the corresponding box and then click on the “Start” button to initiate geocoding.
Once the addresses are geocoded, the app assigns unique latitude and longitude coordinates to each geocoded address, as well as automatically corrects and completes all geocoded address (“fixed_address” column). Next, to use the geocoded addresses for planning the route, click on the “Optimize” button.
After that, in the “General” tab, input the name for the route into the corresponding field and then adjust the route’s schedule accordingly. In the “Service Time per Stop” field, you can define the preferred service time that will be applied to each stop/address on the planned route (learn more).
Next, use the corresponding field to add the address of the route’s depot/starting point and then click on the “Geocode” button to geocode the added address.
After that, in the “Optimization” tab, first, check the “Optimization Disabled” box, and then check the “Disable Route Optimization” box to confirm. Next, choose where to end the route after the last stop on the route is visited.
In the “User and Vehicle” tab, you can assign a team member (learn more) and a vehicle to the route. To finish and plan the routes, click on the “Start” button.
Once the route is planned, it is added to the Routes List where you can manage it accordingly (learn more). To view the planned route on the map in the Enterprise Architect, first, select this route and then click on the “Show Selected” button.
After that, you can view the planned route on the map, as well as view the list of the route’s stops in the left-side menu and all metrics of the route in the Summary Table.
When planning a route with disabled optimization, the Enterprise Architect does not apply any optimization constraints to the imported addresses and plans the route with the exact same sequence of stops/addresses as in the uploaded spreadsheet.
Route4Me’s Enterprise Architect supports near real-time data synchronization with your Route4Me account. Thus, when you plan a new route using the Enterprise Architect, this route is instantly synchronized with your Route4Me account and becomes available in your Routes List on the Route4Me Web Platform.