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Find a driving route

About finding a route

It is often necessary to analyze your data to answer questions such as the following:

  • What is the quickest way to get from point A to point B?
  • How can a fleet of delivery or service vehicles improve customer service and minimize transportation costs?
  • Which branch of a store should a potential customer visit to minimize travel time?

Esri Maps for SharePoint can help you find the best way to get from one location to another or visit multiple locations. The best route is the shortest route that minimizes travel time. If you have more than two stops to visit, Esri Maps for SharePoint can determine the best sequence in which to visit the locations. This is called route optimization.

Esri Maps for SharePoint uses specialized services from ArcGIS—the route service and the World Geocoding Service—to find an optimal driving route. Your data can come from ArcGIS or from SharePoint.

Find a route

You can easily find a driving route by specifying two or more destinations in your point layer using any of the following methods:

  • Selecting destinations on your map using a selection tool
  • Specifying a destination by adding a pin
  • Manually entering addresses

When Esri Maps for SharePoint finds the best route using the destinations you specified, you can zoom to the full route or print out driving directions.

To find a route:

  1. From the Map tools menu, click Get route.

    The Get Route pane appears.

  2. Specify the destinations you want to include in your route using any of the following methods:
    • Click the Select tool and click and drag a rectangle on the map to select the points you want to use as destinations. Your map must contain points to select.
    • Click the Drop pin tool and click a point on the map to add it as a destination. The destination is added as the first stop.
    • Click the Enter an address tool and type an address in the empty destination box.

    You can repeat any of these methods until all destinations have been specified.

  3. Do any of the following to make changes to your destinations:
    • To remove a destination from the route, click the small x beside the destination.

      The x icon appears only when your route contains more than two destination points . When the route consists of only two points, the Reverse directions icon appears beside the addresses.

    • To switch the start and end destinations, click the Reverse directions icon to the right of the destination list.
    • To rearrange three or more destinations, hover over the letter icon (A, B, C) until the icon changes to a four-directional arrow. Click and drag the destination field to the desired location in the list of destinations.
    • To change the location of a stop on the map, click the icon on the map and drag it to a new destination; the new address is updated in the address field.
    • If you want Esri Maps for SharePoint to determine the best sequence in which to visit four or more specified destinations, check the Optimize order check box. When optimizing a route, the first and last stops are fixed, and the intermediate stops are optimized.
  4. When you're finished specifying destinations for your route, click Get route.

    The route is displayed on the map. Information about the route, including route length (miles or kilometers) and estimated driving time, appears under the list of destinations.

  5. To view and print driving directions for the route, click the Print icon, and click Print on the directions page that appears. Modify the print settings as needed and click Print.

    The resulting printout consists of a map that contains the route and the stops.

  6. To clear the route, close the Get route pane.