Optimization results

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> Navigation bar and tools

> List of route stops

> The map

> The planning or Gantt chart

> Information about the selection


Basic principles

Once the route optimization process has concluded, and the optimization indicators screen has displayed, you will be able to exploit the results of the optimized route plan. 

 This page does not display in the evaluation version. To access the full version of TourSolver, follow the page and form requesting access to the full version that displays at the end of the optimization. 

The optimization results page is in four parts: 

 The four sections of the page can be resized if needed (to enlarge the map, for example, in width or in height). To do this, position the cursor on the border between sections and drag-and-drop with the cursor (or swipe or drag from a tablet). If, however, when using TourSolver you need to resize the window of your internet browser, you can refresh the screen using F5 on the keyboard (or the equivalent on a tablet) to optimize the dimensions of the 4 panes automatically. 

Utilisation

Navigation bar and tools

Navigating within routes

The bar located just below the page title allows you to navigate within your routes, depending on whether the route has been optimized on one or several days. So:

  • in the left-hand pane you can filter routes by resource. This displays all routes, those of a particular resource, or the list of unplanned visits (for which the constraints did not allow assignment to a route, or if your activity is in operational overload, where you have more visits to plan than there are available resources);
  • the right-hand pane allows you to filter routes on the day. It displays all days, or all the routes for a particular day. 

By combining these two filter actions, it is then possible to display all routes, all routes for a resource, all routes for a day, or the route for one resource and one particular day.  

Toolbar

The toolbar allows you to:

Route validation

When a simulation is validated, the following actions will be applied:

  • Simulation data will be stored for one year, as compared with only two months for a non-validated simulation
  • All relevant data will be sent to all TourSolver mobile app users implicated for the routes affected for the defined period
  • A notification email will be sent, if this option is selected, to alert mobile app users to the fact that the routes are available

Routes can be reissued to mobile app users where they have been modified manually or optimized. In this case, a confirmation message offers to Replace routes sent previously.

When you replace any routes already sent to TourSolver Mobile app users, any visits that are currently in the course of being fulfilled, (In progress (started) or Completed) are not modified. All other visits with a status included in the following list will be deleted so they can be updated:

  • Sent
  • Recieved
  • Accepted
  • Refused
  • Abandonned

Meanwhile, if a visit has a status of Accepted and the visit time and data remain unchanged, the visit is not deleted. However if the time or data have changed, the visit will be deleted in the fulfilment planning. 

List of route stops

This list interacts with the filtered lists shown above. This list shows all the information relating to each route:

  • the resource and day concerned;
  • name of the start location;
  • list of route stops with the name of each customer to visit;
  • waiting time when there is one before a visit (in the case where the resource arrives in advance and waits for the start of the customer visit time window);
  • breaks (lunch...);
  • the name of the arrival location.

For each stop on the route, a series of information items displays, such as the drive-time from the previous stop, the visit start time, its duration, the visit status following optimization. 

You can make manual selections or modify the route plan manually as follows:

  • select an item in the list with the mouse or drag with a finger to display the information about the selection. Automatic selection of an item in the list can also be applied from the planning or Gantt chart. The selected line displays in blue;
  • move a route stop by selecting/moving vertically with the arrow cursor located to the left of the sequence number*;
  • reassign a route stop from the contextual menu in the Actions column*
  • unassign a route stop from the contextual menu in the Actions column*
  • delete a route stop from the contextual menu in the Actions column*.

* Consult the relevant article to find out about modifying the route plan manually.

The map

Content and interactions

The map also interacts with the filtered lists shown above. Routes can be filtered so they display, or not, in the map from the planning or Gantt chart. The map lists for each route selected in the filtered lists:

  • the departure point;
  • route stops numbered in their optimized sequence;
  • the arrival point;
  • the journey trace between these points.

The colour of routes in the map can be altered from the planning or Gantt chart.

Unassigned visits display in the map in the form of grey, numbered map pins.

Possible actions

The following actions can be applied using tools located at the corners of the map:

  • NAVIGATION
    • zoom-in/zoom-out using the mouse wheel, or spreading or pinching with fingers, or via the scale display control at the top right of the map;
    • move in the map using drag-and-drop with the mouse, or drag with a finger;
    • recenter on a location with a double-click or double-tap.
  • SELECTION AND ASSIGNMENT
    • Select one or several visits
      • By clicking on the visit icon in the map
      • With successive clicks while holding down SHIFT or CTRL on the keyboard
      • By dragging and dropping with the mouse in the map, to select a group of visits

    • Assign the selected unplanned visit(s), or reassign one or several visits from one route to another by dragging and dropping on a visit in a route that passes nearby
      • Dropping is possible on a visit in a route
      • Dropping is possible on a route plot

 In the event that the drop is made at a location traversed by several routes, no reassignment will be applied.

Following a forced reassignment through selecting and then dragging and dropping visits, itineraries of affected routes are recalculated, and alerts posted in the case of non-respect of any relevant time or capacity constraints > Find out more about modifying a route plan manually.

  • INFO-BOX AND ACCESS TO DATA
    • Display an infobox by clicking on a route, in order to identify it (associated resource and planned date)

    • Display visit data for a visit that is assigned or not by clicking on it, and synchronize with the List, Planning and Information views
  • HANDLING LAYERS
    • Handling the display of layers, to view a sectorization as applied, and other available display layers (satellite, road traffic, transport...).

Display of sectors without routes


Display of sectors and routes

The planning or Gantt chart

The planning or Gantt chart displays each route for each day for the optimized period. It shows the longest time window according to the working hours of resources, androutes and visits. It shows all components for each route:

  • visits (in blue);
  • waiting times and breaks (in grey);
  • non-worked time windows (in light grey);
  • nights away;
  • route times (in white dashes on a dark grey background).

The following actions can be applied in the planning:

  • Navigate in the planning using the vertical and horizontal scroll bars when necessary;
  • Control the display of each route in the map using the eye icon located to the left of each route, or to display or mask all routes using the eye icon at the top of the table;
  • Modify the colour of each route in the map using the colour control located to the left of each route;
  • Display an infobox by pointing the mouse cursor on a stop (this is not available on a tablet). The visit pointed at displays in dark grey;
  • Select an item by clicking/tapping on it so it is highlighted in the list, zoom-in on it in the map and display associated information. The selected visit displays in blue;
  • Move a stop horizontally in the route*;
  • Move a stop vertically and reassign it to another route*.

* Consult the relevant article to find out about modifying the route plan manually.

Information about the selection

The lower right-hand part of the page shows information linked to the current selection in the list of planning. It displays data according to the following case scenarios:

  • If there is currently no selection, for example on loading the page, this section displays a summary of all routes. It presents the sum of distances, visits, total journey durations for all routes for the period;
  • In the case of a filter operation on all routes for one resource, this section displays a summary of all routes for the resource for the optimized period. It presents the sum of distances, visits, total route and journey durations for the routes for the period;
  • In the case of a filter operation on all routes for one day, this section displays a summary of all routes for this day for all requested resources. It shows the sum of distances, visits, total route and journey durations for the routes for this day;
  • In the case of a fiilter operation on all routes for a resource, this section displays a summary of all routes for the optimized period, as well as all the data for the resource at the time the optimization was run. It shows the sum of distances, visits, total route and journey durations for the routes for the period;

 In these cases, and if the quantities/capacities have been defined for this simulation, the fill rate will be displayed in the summary information about routes.

  • In the case of the selection of a visit in the list or the planning, this section displays data for this visit: customer information, visit constraints an d any other imported data;
  • In the case of violation of at least one time or volume/capacity constraint, following a manual moving of a visit from the list or the planning, an alert displays in red at the bottom of the section and specifies the nature of the violation;
  • Using the "indicator" buttons, you can display selected information items, or again, the fill-rate gauge for each route.


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