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FAQ: Is it possible to use specific street data with ArcLogistics 9.3?

Question

Is it possible to use specific street data with ArcLogistics 9.3?

Answer

Yes, it is possible to use specific street data with ArcLogistics 9.3. Unlike ArcLogistics Route 3.x, the data requirements for ArcLogistics 9.3 are flexible.

Essentially, the following is needed:

An ArcGIS Network Dataset with:

Drivetime Network Attribute – a Network Attribute with Usage Type of Cost and Units in a time domain. It should have ‘Use By Default’ set to true.

Distance Network Attribute – a Network Attribute with Usage Type of Cost and Units in the distance domain. It should have ‘Use By Default’ set to true.

Hierarchy Network Attribute – a Network Attribute with Usage Type of Hierarchy. It should have ‘Use By Default’ set to true.

An ArcMap Map Document with:

Cartographic layers – streets, major roads, parks, counties, etc. All layers at certain scales need to be set up in ArcMap.

Network Dataset (optional) – if the Network Dataset is added to the Map Document, it is used by default and the person using ALR9 does not have to browse for it in the New Project window.

Address Locator(s) – An address locator is typically needed with address, city, state, and postal code. For fallback geocoding, include a postal code locator. These locators should be in the same workspace as the Network Dataset so that they are used by default.

Spatial reference – feature classes should have a spatial reference defined. In ArcMap, check 'View|Data Frame Properties�' and the Coordinate System tab. The Current Coordinate System should not be 'Unknown'.

When data is prepared for use in ArcLogistics 9.3 as described above, the individual using ArcLogistics 9.3 needs to pick the Map Document (.mxd file) in the ArcLogistics 9.3 New Project window, and the Network Dataset and Locator(s) are chosen for them by default.