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Multiple Routes in one map

This is a discussion on Multiple Routes in one map within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; Current Scenario: On Day 1, people will make a list of products that need delivery. This list will contain the ...

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    johnweidauer is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Multiple Routes in one map

    Current Scenario: On Day 1, people will make a list of products that need delivery. This list will contain the Recipients demographics (name, address, and product to be delivered), and Estimated Stop Time. On Day 2, the list is pushed to Mappoint 2004, Stops are added and a Route is Optimized, then Directions are given. :End of Scenario

    I am using VB6 and have embedded the Mappoint Control in a form, but I may consider making it an Add-In for Mappoint if it seems easier to use.

    My problem is that I have more than one driver that will be delivering on this day, is there a way to have more than one route per map so I can balance the diliveries between the two drivers? If not, I can just get the total number of stops divide it in half and delete the last half of stops, then create the first map, then create a second map using the same scenario, but delete the first half of stops.

    I have also considered using territories, but the Stops we would add are not very consistant and I would like to split all deliveries in half so each driver will have the same number of stops. This will be the first idea, as i become more familiar with it, i would rather like to split up routes based on the time spent on each route equal.

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    As you've found, MapPoint only supports one route at a time.
    You could try 'saving' a route with a polyline shape. The problem with doing this programmatically is that MapPoint does not report useful points along the route. Instead it reports the center of the view window for that leg of the journey. That point probably isn't even on the route!

    Letting the user 'digitise' it by hande, by tracing a shape over the route would be tedious but it would be more accurate.


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    rbarthels is offline Member Green Belt
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    Hi,

    I have developed a program for routing schedules based on MapPoint. You can shift deliveries between tours. Have a look at www.free-routing.com

    Cheers
    Rainer

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