Working with ArcGIS Network Analyst


Built around the new network dataset, ArcGIS Network Analyst software incorporates an advanced connectivity model that more accurately represents real-world multimodal networks. This course teaches how to create network datasets and migrate existing data, such as shapefiles and coverages, into a network dataset. Participants work with network datasets to solve different types of network problems such as finding the most efficient travel route, finding the closest facility, and defining service areas based on travel time. The course also teaches how to calculate origin-destination matrices for network locations.

Who Should Attend
GIS analysts, managers, dispatchers, planners, and researchers who want to perform GIS-based routing and transportation network analysis. Those working in the transportation, logistics, public safety, local government, and business industries will find the seminar of particular interest.

After completion of this course you will be able to:
• Understand the fundamental concepts of the ArcGIS network dataset.
• Differentiate between network datasets and geometric networks.
• Create network datasets.
• Define network dataset properties such as network elements, connectivity groups, and network attributes.
• Migrate existing network data sources to ArcGIS network datasets.
• Generate and use turn movements within network datasets.
• Solve routing, closest facility, service area, and origin-destination problems.
• Perform network analysis using tools and models.

Course Outline

Fundamentals of network systems:
• Directed flow networks (rivers, utilities)
• Undirected flow networks (roads)
• Physical and logical network representation
• Edges, junctions, and turns
• Geometric networks vs. network datasets
• Overview of working with a network dataset.

Network Analyst basics and the Route solver:
• Network analysis workflow
• The Network Analyst toolbar and Network Analyst window
• Network layers vs. network analysis layers
• Network locations—stops, barriers, and routes
• Network analysis layer properties—impedance, turns, restrictions, and time windows
• Route solver concepts
• Route solver types
• Route outputs and direction reports

Additional network solvers:
• Closest Facility solver, options and results
• Service Area solver, options and results
• Origin-Destination Cost Matrix solver, options and results

Advanced network analysis options:
• Setting network locations
• Network location attributes
• Network location analysis properties
• Time windows
• Curb approach
• Edge hierarchy
• Exact vs. hierarchical routes

Preparing data for network analysis:
• Workflow for network analysis
• Allowable data sources
• Data quality requirements
• Feature coincidence, connectivity, and the Integrate tool
• Network attributes
• Migrating coverage and shapefile networks to the geodatabase

Network dataset connectivity:
• Connectivity groups, policies and elevations
• Connectivity with sources and subtypes
• Connectivity requirements
• Multiple connectivity group
• Connectivity between group
• Edge and junction connectivity policies
• Elevation levels and connectivity
• Modeling intersections and overpasses; Connectivity scenarios and solutions

Network attributes:
• Edge, junction, and turn attributes
• Network attribute properties
• Network attribute types
• Cost attributes
• Restriction attributes
• Hierarchy attributes
• Descriptor attributes
• Edge directionality attributes
• Setting network element attribute with evaluators

Creating and building network datasets:
• Workflow for building a network
• Selecting sources
• Setting connectivity
• Setting turns
• Setting network attributes
• Setting direction properties
• Building network datasets for geodatabases, shapefiles, or StreetMap datasets

Modifying network datasets:
• Editing network point, line, and turn features
• Editing network dataset properties
• Rebuilding the network dataset
• Creating multimodal networks
• Networks and connectivity groups
• Multimodal analysis
• Network Analyst and geoprocessing
• Geoprocessing framework review
• Network Analyst Tools toolbox
• Network Analyst tools
• Network solvers in ModelBuilder