GIS networks consist of interconnected lines (known as edges) and intersections (known as junctions) that represent routes upon which people, goods, etc. can travel. If you want to know more about GIS networks click on the link below.
Click the link below to learn how to create a network dataset on ARCGIS.
I am assuming that you have already created your network dataset.
How to calculate the shortest route between two locations.
1 – Right click on the toolbar and make sure network analysis box is checked on the list displayed.
2 – Click on Network Analyst on the Network Analyst Toolbar
3 – Click on New Route on the Network Analyst Drop-down
You will discover that there is a new layer (Route) added to the Layers.
4 – Click on Create Network Location Tool
5 – Click on any location beside the road or on the road.
The location I picked is the one showing 1
6 – Click on another location beside the road or on the road.
The second location I picked is the one showing 2.
7 – Click on Solve on the Network Analysis Toolbar
You can see the line connecting the two locations that is the shortest route between the two points.
To check for directions
8 – Click on Directions on the Network Analyst Toolbar
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