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Drive Zones

This is a discussion on Drive Zones within the MapForums Plus Chat forums, part of the MapForums Plus category; I recently started working for a company that dispatches work based on location/drive zones. Each drive zone is composed of ...

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    mleachparker is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Drive Zones

    I recently started working for a company that dispatches work based on location/drive zones. Each drive zone is composed of locations that should be adjacent to each other. The zones were defined by a person years ago just sitting with a map. The zones as currently defined have some gross errors. Is there a way to automatically define zones/groups based on location??

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    Re: Drive Zones

    MapPoint has a territory capability but it is a bit limited and I don't know of a way of usefully automating it.

    The alternative would be to draw shapes for your zones. MapPoint can out-of-the-box draw "drive time zones", ie. shapes that are a fixed driving time from a central pushpin. Eg. "all areas within 30mins of the central pin".

    Another option is the Boundary option in our MPSuperShape product (MPSuperShape: Home Page). You give this a group of pushpins and it draws a boundary shape around them (technical term is a "convex hull"). As well as a tight boundary (where each of the shape's corners is a pushpin) you can expand the shape by a set distance giving a buffer zone, as it were.

    How were you thinking of "automating" your shape definitions?
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    Question Re: Drive Zones

    I am using the Drawing Drivetime Zones routine in MapPoint Power Tools_v1.2EU.xls but find the color schemes available in MapPoint EU version 2009 very limited. Are there any additional colours availble or can the code be refined to reflect shades and textures of colours?

    Appreciate any help on this Thanks Keith

    The current code is:

    Function AssignColor(szColor)

    Select Case szColor
    Case "red"
    AssignColor = vbRed
    Case "green"
    AssignColor = vbGreen
    Case "yellow"
    AssignColor = vbYellow
    Case "blue"
    AssignColor = vbBlue
    Case "magenta"
    AssignColor = vbMagenta
    Case "cyan"
    AssignColor = vbCyan
    Case "white"
    AssignColor = vbWhite
    Case "black"
    AssignColor = vbBlack
    Case Else
    AssignColor = CLng(szColor)
    End Select

    End Function
    Keith Widdop

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    Re: Drive Zones

    MapPoint supports a total of 40 colors. The list is here:

    Microsoft MapPoint Colors

    It looks like you are using VB6, you will have to look up the VB6 or MapPoint docs to see how you convert RGB hex values into usable constants for MapPoint.

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