Guided Tour: Business Applications
As well as finding distances between a group of locations, MileCharter for Maptitude can find the distances from a group of locations to a new location. For example, it can calculate the distances, times, and costs for routes from a group of offices to a new customer.
Finding Multiple Distances to a Customer
This example has a number of company offices spread across Illinois. There is a new customer in Joliet,IL. Which is the closest office?
This map of office locations was created from an Excel® spreadsheet that listed the office addresses. This was imported by using Maptitude®'s Create-a-Map wizard. The office locations are all in the same data layer, and the new customer point is a selected location from Maptitude's Populated Places data layer. The selected point (selection set Joliet Customer) is highlighted with a large red asterisk. The roads are not displayed for clarity.
MileCharter for Maptitude is started. In the MileCharter panel, the Chicago Sales Offices layer is selected for the start locations. The customer's selection set is selected as the destination. Output in the form of distances, and travel times. Compute is pressed to start the computation process.
These are the distance results in miles. Distances have been calculated from every office to the new customer. The Bolingbrook office is the closest.
The Professional license of MileCharter can also be set to report only the closest locations.
These are the travel time results. Although the Bolingbrook office also has a shorter travel time, the Chicago Heights office is only 8 minutes further away.
It is also possible to calculate estimated route costs using rate tables.
Next, we look at a business application with multiple depots and customers.