Charting a Route for Success – Improving Service with Route Optimization and In-Cab Optimization Turn-by-Turn Directions
5/21/2019 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Room: 255C

Staff reductions left the Village of Niles Public Works Department with a large dilemma: How could they continue to provide the snow removal service levels that residents expected? One solution was the optimization of routes and the use of GPS navigation units to provide turn-by-turn directions for the plow drivers. Previously, snowplow routes were created manually and drivers often had different approaches resulting in bad mileage, high cycle time, and deicing product variations. Optimized routes reduce travel time and distance and create a more even distribution of the workload.

After Attending This Session, You Will be Better Able to:
1. Convince your agency and town leadership to support budgeting for upgraded equipment.
2. Develop detailed snowplow routes that can be uploaded into GPS navigation units at a minimal cost.
3. Improve service levels by reducing snow and salt route cycle time and usage.
Speaker : Robert Pilat Assistant to the Director, Village of Niles, Niles, IL
Speaker : Fred Braun Director of Public Works, Village of Niles, Niles, IL