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Isochrones macro

A guide to using the Isochrones macro from TravelTime

The Isochrones macro can be used to create reachable areas based on travel time (sometimes referred to as 'trade areas').

If you haven't already installed the macro, you can download it from the Alteryx Gallery here

 

To use the macro, drag it onto an Alteryx workflow from the TravelTime Platform tab in the top navigation.

Next we need to connect to some input data. This can be done either by connecting to a file using the Input Data tool, or by entering data manually using the Text Input tool.

In the example below we are using the Text Input tool:

Input data

If your location data is in the form of addresses (e.g Postcodes) and not lat-long coordinates, then you can use our Geocoder macro to make this conversion first, before using the Isochrones macro.

 

To configure the macro you first need to enter your API key details in the Credentials tab of the tool configuration.

API key

If you haven't yet signed up for an API key, you can get a free key for testing here.

 

On the Configuration tab we select the fields in the input data that contain the Latitude and Longitude values, set whether we want to run an 'Arriving By' or 'Departing At' search, and enter the travel time(s) to be used to create the reachable areas.

config1

As with the majority of the parameters in the TravelTime macros, the travel time can also be selected based on a field in the input data.

 

On the next tab, Basic, we choose the method(s) of transport (ticking multiple with create an isochrone around each input location for each selected transport type), and the date/time. 

config2

For an 'Arriving By' search, this date/time is the arrival time.

For a 'Departing At' search, this date/time is the departure time.

 

Finally, the parameters in the Advanced tab can be used to fine-tune the analysis if required.

config3

These Advanced fields only apply to transport types that involve public transport. For a full explanation of what each field means, please see the documentation here.

 

Adding a Browse tool to both output anchors, the workflow below can now be run:

workflow

Adding a base map to the Browse tool from the success anchor allows all of the isochrones to be viewed on one map:

output1

 

The output table contains one row per isochrone, with the parameters appended to the data. Clicking a row highlights the corresponding isochrone on the map.

output2

 

For any records that cause an error, details of the error can be found in the Failure output anchor, including the Error Code and links to more information.

 

These isochrones can easily be exported and then visualised further in Tableau - to find out more, read our blog post here.