T2: Oral Presentation C Friday, 9:00 – 9:30 am C Lake Superior Ballroom O
Snowplow Routing Analysis
Linda Tomaselli, GISRDC
6300 Barrie Road #2B
Edina, MN 55435
A comprehensive analysis of snowplow routing
requires more than simply using the ArcInfo tools, Route and Allocate. The
Network Analyst tools are also very limited. This presentation will show how to
deal with the complexities of snowplow routing, including different priorities
for paved versus gravel roads, deadheading, and the use of trucks as well as
graders. The analysis provides the ability to answer questions such as:
long will it be until my road gets plowed in at least one direction, so I
can get out to go to work?
roads will be plowed in the first half hour, in the first hour, etc.?
many homes or residences will be plowed out in the first half hour, in the
first hour, etc.?
if we replace a grader with a truck?
if one of our townships decides to do it's own plowing?
A critical analysis of the software tools available for snowplow routing will also be presented, including ArcView Network Analyst, PC ArcInfo 3.5.2 and PC ArcInfo 4.0.