A Site extends a location to include a boundary polygon around its perimeter, entry and exit points (gates), and other valuable information. For example, a Site can be a warehouse, a shopping mall, a distribution center, a yard, a business park, and more. (Requires PC*MILER|Streets)
Routing to a Site can provide more accurate directions and time and distance estimates by taking a driver directly to proper entrances and exits.
You can create custom Sites around Places in ALK Content Tools and share them with PC*MILER when planning a route. ALK Contents Tools also includes thousands of pre-defined ALK Places that include Sites for intermodal terminals, truck stops and distribution centers.
Routing to a Site
If you enter a Place or a latitude/longitude point as a stop on a route, and that location falls within one of your custom Sites or an ALK Place with a Site, the Site information will be used by default when PC*MILER generates a route. Rather than simply routing to an address, PC*MILER will route to the actual entrance a driver needs in order to safely pick up or deliver a load.
If the Site includes an internal road network, the route will include driving directions to the final destination within the Site.
Routing to an address outside of a Site
Routing to a lat/long within a Site
If you do not want PC*MILER to take Sites into account when it calculates distances, drive times and driving directions, you can:
Set Sites to Disabled in Routing Preferences in the Route Options dialog or current route profile.
Select Highway Only in Routing Preferences in the Route Options dialog or current route profile.
Sites will also not be applied to routing when you optimize the stops on a route.
Identifying Sites Around Places
To check whether a Site is assigned to one of your custom Places, go to Tools > View Places. If a Site exists, a blue square will be displayed under the Site column for that Place.
The Places Panel in PC*MILER
Sites on the Map
If a Site exists for the origin, destination or an intermediate stop on your route, it will be shown on the map only after you generate a route. Sites are visible at Zoom Level 14 or higher on the map.