Route Optimization

Vaisala Route Optimization

Route Optimization

Route Optimization is a bespoke consultancy service that specializes in the development of winter treatment routes in order to optimize resources and comply with best practice.

Key Benefits

Save money by treating the same network with fewer routes
By designing the optimum set of treatment routes, reductions in route numbers are typically achievable without compromising existing levels of service (typical route reduction is in the range of 10-20%, depending upon network type and size, and the overriding project aims). Vaisala’s independent audit of current treatment methodologies can also often highlight other areas of the winter service where further savings can be made.
Helps protect against litigation
Undertaking a comprehensive Route Optimization process shows that a service provider takes its commitments to winter maintenance seriously, and is striving to achieve the best possible use of its resources. To commission Vaisala’s Route Optimization service would be acknowledged as a strong commitment towards achieving Best Practice, and could be a significant advantage if the integrity of the service provider is ever challenged.
Reduced environmental impact
On marginal nights, selective salting via Thermal Routing may mean that only part of the maintained network will require treatment, leading to both monetary and environmental benefits in the use of treatment material. An independent assessment of current treatment methodologies can also highlight potential improvements in areas such as treatment rates and storage facilities, which in turn can lead to a reduction in treatment material usage.
Changing operational criteria
Performance Indicators such as treatment rates, treatment times and route efficiencies can often be subject to change due to external political concerns. Route Optimization ensures that treatment routes conform to any overriding external pressures imposed on the service provider.
Resource change and rationalization
Route Optimization ensures that changes to the maintained network, revised depot locations or changes to fleet number and capacity will be taken into account. Ongoing Route Optimization contracts can be put in place to cater for year-on-year changes to routes due to factors such as long-term highway maintenance or construction projects and staged vehicle procurement.
Succession planning
Control and modification of treatment routes is often in the hands of an individual or small team. In an increasingly dynamic working environment, it is important to ensure that the loss of one or all of these individuals does not impact on the level of service provided. An independent Route Optimization exercise can help to ensure that this impact is minimized.