Trade Area Tool
The Trade Area tool creates regions around specified point objects in the input file. Trade Areas are created one of two ways: either by defining a radius around a point, or by a drivetime.
The Guzzler drivetime engine must be installed to use the drivetime creation.
If using DriveTime, see Guzzler Drivetime Methodology for more information.
Configure the tool
- Spatial Object Field of Point Source: Use the dropdown list to specify the spatial object field from the input table, to draw a trade area from/around. The Trade Area tool draws a polygon around a point, so if a different object type it is specified (polygon, or polyline), the object's centroid is treated as the specified point. You can also select Include in Output to include the point in the output data stream.
- Radius, Doughnuts, or Drivetime: There are two options here:
- Enter a Specific Value: for the trade area radii or drivetime.
- Use From Field: to select a field that contains corresponding drivetime values per record
Values can be separated by a comma or dash to indicate concentric rings, also known as doughnuts, be drawn.
You can specify the default dataset from User Settings. Go to Options > User Settings and click the Dataset Defaults tab.
- From Field
To use drivetimes, use the Non Overlapping Drivetime Tool
While using spatial tools, you may have more than one spatial object field in the data stream. When you are configuring the final Output Data tool, you must remember that output to files such as.dbf,.xls or.csv will not accept the spatial object fields, and that spatial files only one spatial object field. Use the Select Tool to select only the appropriate fields for the output file type.