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What is Site Selection, Logistics & Routing?

Finding the perfect place for your facility or development (Site Selection), arranging things to get them where they need to be (Logistics), and figuring out the best paths to take (Routing).

Our Expertise

We love hard problems! And even more so, we love solving them with fit-for-purpose, reliable and effective algorithms for optimization.

Optimization Algorithm Development

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This is a core service component of our work. Whether it's transportation (cycling, transit, etc.) or utilities (water, electricity etc.), we empower you to make data-driven decisions about your networks.

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Integration of Real-World Constraints

The real world is messy. We understand that your problem and limitations are unique and will work with you to create a solution that directly integrates your constraints.
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We use GIS to find ideal locations, quickest paths and the most equitable distribution of goods or services. For example, we can find the most equitable locations for new housing or city projects, taking into account multiple criteria such as ease of access, local services, and the environment. We also take into account what people care about and current trends.

When it comes to logistics and routing, we use smart map techniques to solve tricky transport problems. We can help with lots of different needs - from finding the best routes for tow trucks and snow plows, to understanding how bike paths are used, considering safety and timing. By using past, present, and future data, we can make your transport more efficient, cheap and reliable.

Explore the below case studies to learn more....

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Biko Toronto

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City of Calgary Affordable Housing Tool

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Aryze Housing Research

We serve all types of clients, like city governments, private companies, and housing developers. Although we do a lot of work in this area, our other clients have requested that we keep their information private! Out of respect for their wishes, we are showcasing only two of our projects in this area. 

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Case Studies

THE CHALLENGE

The City of Toronto sought to better understand cycling patterns within the City in order to make informed decisions regarding cycling infrastructure improvements and ensure the safety of cyclists. They also aimed to uncover insights about intermodal trips, commonly used shortcuts and the specific needs of various rider types to create a more inclusive cycling environment. 

 

The challenge in this project was to identify popular cycling destinations, preferred infrastructure types and peak cycling hours, to help guide the City of Toronto in making informed decisions to improve cycling infrastructure and safety for all residents.

Case Study 1

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Biko Toronto

THE SOLUTION

To address this challenge we undertook an exciting deep dive into Toronto’s cycling habits, utilizing data from users of the Biko app.  We tied up and examined GPS routes to review the most frequented cycling destinations, favored types of paths and peak biking times.  We gained insights into intermodal trips and commonly used shortcuts, which can inform future infrastructure decisions. The rider type analysis revealed different user segments' preferences for various types of infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of catering to diverse cycling needs.

 

Armed with these insights, Toronto is poised to make informed improvements to biking infrastructure, enhancing safety and convenience for all residents. It's a significant stride towards a cycle-friendly city!

Case Study 2

City of Calgary Affordable Housing Tool

THE CHALLENGE

Calgary is grappling with a critical issue - a lack of affordable housing due to inadequate supply. Our aim is to make use of City-owned land for building affordable homes, and for that, we need a clear and efficient site selection tool.  To address this issue, their aim is to make use of City-owned land for building affordable homes, and for that, they need a clear and efficient site selection tool. The tool must streamlining the municipal land disposition process, accelerating decision making and maximizing the utility of City-owned land.

 

The challenge in this project was to refine an existing housing site selection tool to enhance its effectiveness, utility, and organizational buy-in.

THE SOLUTION

We were commissioned to devise a strategy for an affordable housing analysis tool, alongside a prototype. We thoroughly reviewed best practices from leading jurisdictions that utilize multi-criteria site selection for non-market housing. Interviews with key stakeholders helped us to gauge user needs, corporate objectives, available data and the previous tool's strengths and weaknesses.

The research resulted in the development of criteria for tool inclusion that aligns with the City's goals and data sources required to meet those criteria. A prototype tool was created based on the research, workflows, scoring, and weighting of inputs, resulting in something that:

  • Integrates all city-owned sites developable for affordable housing

  • Features customizable weighting location based features (like proximity to schools, retail and employment)

  • Outputs standardized fact sheets that can be used in planning reports that outline a site’s suitability for a housing project.

THE CHALLENGE