This is the second in a series of blogs about what’s new in Business Analyst 10.1.
Back when we released Business Analyst 10.0, I wrote a blog series where I illustrated some of the dramatic performance improvements of the Business search and data aggregation engines inside the ArcGIS extension. You can view these blogs here:
Now that we have released the Business Analyst 10.1, I thought I would highlight one of the key performance improvements of this release. Network Analyst drivetime service areas are dramatically faster with this release. Much like we improved the speed of the data aggregation and reporting in the 10.0 release, drivetime service areas are 60x +++ faster with this release. This performance improvement is highlighted in the in the 10.1 help here:
“The time to generate a service area was drastically improved in ArcGIS 10.1 because service areas now support using the hierarchy of a network dataset as they solve. This reduces the number of roads that must be searched in the solve process and therefore makes generating a service area much faster.”
In order to illustrate this performance improvement, we can use the same example I used way back when we released Business Analyst 10.0. I started by adding all the McDonald’s restaurants in the continental United States. Over 13,000 locations area added to the map:
I then used the trade area wizard in Business Analyst 10.1 to create 3-minute service areas around each one of these points:
If I even attempted to run this analysis in a prior version of Business Analyst it likely would not work or take several days to complete. With the new engine from Network Analyst with fast hierarchical driveitmes, I am able to create over 13,000 drivetimes in less than 10 minutes! The image below illustrates how the 3-minute service areas look in the greater Los Angeles area:
Enjoy the fast drivetime service areas in 10.1.
Cheers – Garry