How To Use The Automatic Depot Selection Feature

Depot is the starting location or warehouse for route planning. The default Depot Selection Plan is set to Default, i.e. stops without a depot defined would be assigned the depot marked with a default tag.

If you have several depots, and do not wish to manually assign the depot to your stops, there is an automatic depot selection feature in ElasticRoute to help you with the depot selection process.

There are 2 Depot Selection Plans available in ElasticRoute.

Nearest

This option would assign the nearest depot to the stop, and use it for planning.

Screenshot Of Multiple Depots

For example, if you have 2 depots, and a number of stops scattered over the map. Selecting the Nearest depot plan option would result in the systems assigning whichever depot closest to the stops for planning as per the following screenshot.

Screenshot Of Assigned Depots

Dynamic

This option would allow you to set a radius distance to consider the stops for planning. Only stops that fall within the defined radius can be assigned to the depot. You may use this to control the stops to be considered for planning using this feature.

In the event of an overlap of radii for multiple depots. The systems will automatically assign a depot to the stops.

2 depots (Jurong Depot and Changi Depot) have been created to show the effect from both depot plans.

Location Of Jurong Depot

Location Of Changi Depot

How To Set Up – Nearest Depot

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > General > Scroll down to the Plan section.

Step 2: Select Nearest for Depot Selection.

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Update to save.

Adding Of Depots

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Depots.

Step 2: Click Add Depot or Edit Depot

Step 3: Enter the name and address of your depot. Check the Include depot in automatic depot selection? checkbox.

Step 4: Click Save when done.

Step 5: If necessary, repeat Steps 2 to 5 to create more depots.

Refer to How To Add Depot

How To Use

A list of stops was created and uploaded into ElasticRoute to show the effects of the nearest depot selection plan.

    Note:

  • For stops that require the system to perform automatic depot selection, leave the Depot field blank.
Example List Of Stops For Planning
Name Address Latitude Longitude Depot
Stop1 15 Holland Heights 1.30810418 103.8035239
Stop2 81 Jervois Road 1.2944856 103.820855
Stop3 31 Cantonment Road 1.2788715 103.8403005
Stop4 1 JURONG ROAD, Singapore 1.350506644 103.7088776
Stop5 Defu Lane 4, Singapore 1.359258926 103.9001083
Stop6 1 SIN MING DRIVE, Singapore 1.357371182 103.835907
Stop7 Woodlands Avenue 12, Admiralty 1.426701906 103.8098145
Stop8 1 CHOA CHU KANG WAY, Singapore 1.400617319 103.7384033
Stop9 1 PETIR ROAD, Singapore 1.369169561 103.7765551
Stop10 Bedok Terrace, Singapore 1.325107685 103.9471436

Screenshot Of Location Of Stops Before Planning

After Planning

2 runs were generated with the stops being assigned to their nearest depot for planning as per the following.

Table Of Planned Stops From Nearest Depot Planning
Name Address Run Seq Depot
Stop4 1 JURONG ROAD, Singapore 1 1 Jurong Depot
Stop8 1 CHOA CHU KANG WAY, Singapore 2
Stop9 1 PETIR ROAD, Singapore 3
Stop1 15 Holland Heights 4
Stop2 81 Jervois Road 5
Stop10 Bedok Terrace, Singapore 2 1 Changi Depot
Stop5 Defu Lane 4, Singapore 2
Stop7 Woodlands Avenue 12, Admiralty 3
Stop6 1 SIN MING DRIVE, Singapore 4
Stop3 31 Cantonment Road 5

Screenshot Of All Stops

Screenshot Of Run1

Screenshot Of Run2

How To Set Up – Dynamic Depot

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > General > Scroll down to the Plan section.

Step 2: Select Dynamic for Depot Selection.

Step 3: Specify the radius (in meters) for the Depot Selection Radius. Only stops within this radius of the depot will be considered for planning.

Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Update to save.

Adding Of Depots

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Depots

Step 2: Click Add Depot or Edit Depot

Step 3: Enter the name and address of your depot. Check the Include depot in automatic depot selection? checkbox.

Step 4: Click Save when done.

Step 5: If necessary, repeat Steps 2 to 5 to create more depots.

Refer to How To Add Depot

How To Use

A list of stops was created and uploaded into ElasticRoute to show the effects of the various depot selection plan.

    Note:

  • For stops that require the system to perform automatic depot selection, leave the Depot field blank.
Example List Of Stops For Planning
Name Address Latitude Longitude Depot
Stop1 15 Holland Heights 1.30810418 103.8035239
Stop2 81 Jervois Road 1.2944856 103.820855
Stop3 31 Cantonment Road 1.2788715 103.8403005
Stop4 1 JURONG ROAD, Singapore 1.350506644 103.7088776
Stop5 Defu Lane 4, Singapore 1.359258926 103.9001083
Stop6 1 SIN MING DRIVE, Singapore 1.357371182 103.835907
Stop7 Woodlands Avenue 12, Admiralty 1.426701906 103.8098145
Stop8 1 CHOA CHU KANG WAY, Singapore 1.400617319 103.7384033
Stop9 1 PETIR ROAD, Singapore 1.369169561 103.7765551
Stop10 Bedok Terrace, Singapore 1.325107685 103.9471436

Screenshot Of Location Of Stops Before Planning

After Planning

After planning, 2 runs were generated as per the following. Only the stops within the defined Depot Selection Radius were assigned to the depot. Stops out of the defined radius from the depot are not being considered for planning, with an Unserved status.

Table Of Planned Stops From Dynamic Depot Planning
Name Address Run Seq Depot
Stop4 1 JURONG ROAD, Singapore 1 1 Jurong Depot
Stop8 1 CHOA CHU KANG WAY, Singapore 2
Stop9 1 PETIR ROAD, Singapore 3
Stop1 15 Holland Heights 4
Stop2 81 Jervois Road 5
Stop10 Bedok Terrace, Singapore 2 1 Changi Depot
Stop5 Defu Lane 4, Singapore 2
Stop6 1 SIN MING DRIVE, Singapore 3
Stop7 Woodlands Avenue 12, Admiralty 3 Unserved
Stop3 31 Cantonment Road 5

Screenshot Of All Stops

Screenshot Of Run1

Screenshot Of Run2