Utilizing Network Analyst to Optimize Watering Routes for the Urban Forest in Syracuse, NY

Authors: Simone Burns*, Syracuse University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Urban Forest, Network Analyst Tool, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


Every year, Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC), a youth conservation corps based in Syracuse, NY plants hundreds of trees along streets and in local parks to promote urban forest health. OEC engages low-income youth in Syracuse in environmental service projects and promotes careers in environmental stewardship. All of the newly planted trees need proper care that includes watering every two weeks. OEC’s watering routes needed to be updated to include factors such as avoiding complex road intersections and highways, vehicle approach on the right curbside, and limiting left turns that are difficult for the watering truck to maneuver. This poster explains the results of a participatory project to optimize OEC watering routes using the Network Analyst tool in ArcMap. Numerous models were tested using the Network Analyst tool which were assessed to determine their feasibility in the field. Each model’s routes had different restrictions and geographical boundaries to determine which combination of settings and physical boundaries would create the most viable watering route for OEC. The optimized watering routes using the Network Analyst tool reduced the total watering time and were created for each of the quadrants in Syracuse, NY.

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