Travel time optimisation is one of the most crucial steps to keeping operational costs under control while expanding their scope with the same volume of resources. It usually starts with applying a route optimisation solution with the goal to find the perfect work optimisation formula. Route planning for complex schedules with hundred of resources assigned to different entities is a very tricky game. That’s why a serious thought is required in the process of optimising complex work models and keep costs and inefficiencies under control in the mean time.
So how can we save time, money and efforts by optimising the total travelling time between field jobs?
When we talk about optimising the travelling time between jobs, we mean applying a route optimisation solution for finding the most cost-efficient route – not only from point A to point B but also to point C, D, E, etc. And if needed, we change the order jobs to fit more completed tasks in a day.
Google maps can indeed do (and has done) route optimisation for almost every person with access to the internet. But when we mean complex jobs like field inspections and manage hundreds of teams, we should start looking to an end-to-end work optimisation systems. And that goes far beyond the functions of google maps.
The hidden benefits of route optimisation
We already said why it is crucial for companies to use route optimisation – to reduce efforts, costs and time. But there are also hidden benefits that are nonetheless important. To name just a few of them:
- Improving field service for the end customer: increasing the number of daily completed jobs is going to shorten the response time. Therefore it will bring more satisfied customers.
- Improving employee productivity: reducing the travelling time of inspectors, technicians or other entities to improve their focus and motivation.
We already said that it takes more than google maps to optimise complex operations with many variables. If we have to plan 10 different field inspection today to 10 locations, we will have to open a file and start filling in the details and then assign the tasks to relevant inspectors.
Manually designing a conflict-free schedule will be a very time-consuming endeavour. But throwing all of this data into an electronic inspection management system and then leave the AI engine automatically to make an optimal schedule will take just seconds.
What science is used for efficient inspection scheduling with optimised routes?
Certain factors define how long an inspection will take – the complexity of the case, the distance between a job and an inspector, the available technical devices (if needed), the location of the warehouse (if there’s such), the skill set of the inspector, etc. Based on these factors is created a route between the 10 inspection jobs and the assigned inspectors.
This example serves as a good case for regulators and organisations that are performing field inspections to understand how route optimisation can help them. Their specific objectives often require error-free inspection scheduling that will send qualified inspectors to relevant jobs with minimised travelling time. That’s why the skill set is a crucial variable in the route optimisation formula. Based on our expertise with regulators, we refined this formula and offer it as a successful model to our customers from the regulatory sector. Read the case study now.
But when we talk about resource optimisation in other industries, the business objectives will be different. It means that new variables will be put into the equation to find the most suitable route optimisation formula. Canalix dedicated a significant amount of time to develop a suitable proof-of-concept to mirror a real-world scenario. That’s the way we help our new customers find a working route optimisation formula that serves their business objectives. Request a product tour here.
How route optimisation is implemented into field operations?
Canalix offers a resource optimisation solution that can help field service providers with route planning and safety management. Our track record includes regulators that successfully use our solution as an inspection optimisation tool. If you want to learn more about our resource optimisation system, book your free demo with us today.