Creating Driver Centroids

A centroid is a geographic territory, sometimes known as a 'gravity point', associated with a driver. These locations are used to weight jobs near a specified geographic area toward a particular driver, if a required driver has not been specified.

When assigning jobs and routes, the location of each driver's centroid is identified and the specified route, job location, and job constraints considered. Jobs that are located near a driver's centroid and that do not already have a required driver, are assigned to the driver with the nearest centroid.

You can specify centroid locations either manually or automatically. When you use Scenarios to place centroids for drivers automatically, centroids are distributed at locations throughout the job locations you have specified, weighting them toward regions of greatest job density.

Manually Creating Driver Centroids

To manually create a driver centroid:

 

1.Open the list menu in the upper left corner of the List panel and select the Drivers option. The Drivers list opens.

 
2.Click a driver's name in the list or select the driver row and then click the Edit button on the List panel tool bar. The Driver dialog box opens.

 
3.Click the Centroid tab on the Driver dialog box.

 
4.Specify the location of the driver's centroid as either an existing marker, a latitude and longitude coordinate pair, or a street address.
5.Click Save. The dialog closes and the driver's centroid location is saved. If the centroid is not at an existing marker, a new marker is created at the location using the naming convention '[Driver Name]_centroid', for example 'John Smith_centroid' and can be seen in the markers list. The gray Circle icon to the left of the driver's name in the List panel is replaced with a gray Flag icon, indicating that the driver now has a centroid.

You can also click the Show Driver Centroids button on the map tool bar to see the location of the driver centroid you configured. Centroids are shown on the map as Flag icons: (selected) and (unselected). Hover your mouse over a centroid flag icon on the map and the driver assigned to the centroid is shown in the lower left corner of the map.

Automatically Creating Driver Centroids

To automatically create a driver centroid:

 

1.Open the list menu in the upper left corner of the List panel and select the Drivers option. The Drivers list opens.

 
2.Select the check box beside each driver you want to assign a centroid in the grid. Click the More button in the upper right corner of the Lists panel and select the Auto-place Centroids option. Centroids for the drivers are created.

 
The gray Circle icon to the left of the driver names in the List panel is replaced with a Flag icon, indicating that the drivers now have centroids.