Distance calculation during optimizer planning vs. charge calculation
Dear TM experts,
We have a requirement to use straight line distance during optimizer planning as there are performance concerns w.r.t. using our external GIS provider. However we still want to utilize the external provider for calculating distance as it is required for charge calculation. Is there a way we can achieve this, i.e. have optimizer use straight line but at some point later have TM call external service provider?
Marcus Zahn replied
basically, the optimizer planning and stage distance calculation can be set-up differently to charge calculation. For the optimizer the distance determination strategy customizing is relevant, while for charge calculation there is the option to have a specific strategy determination using a calculation base class. Check the documentation for this or open a ticket on charge calc to get an explanation.
Actually, the development of the flexible GIS integration framework had the background to enable this scenario.
By the way, when using the standard buffering the performance issue for real distances during optimization should not be that huge. I would not recommend to use straight-line distance for optimization if you have a GIS at hand.