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Connections of the GIS Map Elements

The connections of the supply chain elements are visualized on the GIS map and in the Structure view. These connections depict the sourcing that is defined by a user in the anyLogistix tables.

By default the connections are not depicted, you enable them by clicking the Show / Hide connections button in the GIS map filter options.

The available connection is the connection that is properly defined in the basic anyLogistix tables: Paths, Sourcing, and Shipping.

The default values of the Paths, Sourcing, and Shipping tables allow connections to be created instantly on adding a new object to the scenario.
e.g. When you add a new DC to the SIM scenario containing customers, the sourcing policy automatically (dynamically) detects customers that will be supplied by this DC. This set of customers is updated each time this DC is moved or another DC is added. When properly defined, the sourcing is visualized on the map via connections.

The defined connections may not be shown on the GIS map for the following reasons:

  1. Data in anyLogistix tables is either incorrect or affects connection visibility.
  2. GIS map filters are enabled.
  3. One of the connected objects is outside of the visible GIS map area.

Let us take a closer look at each point.

Data in anyLogistix tables is either incorrect or affects connection visibility

By default the records of the Paths, Sourcing, and Shipping tables consider all objects and all possible connections between them, which eliminates the possibility of data inconsistency.

The possible issues may refer to:

  • Excluded object (or group of objects) from the supply chain. For example, if the Inclusion type of a customer is set to Excluded, this customer will not be shown on the GIS map, the connection leading to it will not be drawn.
  • Incorrect parameters of a custom sourcing policy. For example, a path is not defined for a pair of objects.
  • No Paths connecting the facilities are defined.
  • The supply chain contains customers only.

GIS map filters enabled

The GIS map filter allows you to choose the objects to depict on the GIS map. The rest of the objects will not be visible on the GIS map. The connection between the two objects will be shown if at least one of them remains visible (selected in the filter parameters).

The possible issues may refer to:

  • Deselecting both of the connected objects in the filter parameters (the source of the product and its destination).
  • Selecting a vehicle type that uses certain paths only. The GIS map will show only the paths that this vehicle type is using.
  • Selecting a period of time, during which a connection is not active, since e.g. demand is 0.
  • Selecting a customer that has no demand that can be fulfilled by this connection within the specified period of time.
  • Selecting DC/Factory objects (in case of SIM scenario type) that do not have the required product within the specified period of time.

One of the connected objects is beyond the visible GIS map area

If all policies are properly set and GIS map filters are disabled, make sure that both connected objects are located in the visible area. If you pan the map and one of the connected objects moves outside of the visible area, the connection will be hidden.

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