When creating a link for the first time, each possible geometry is ranked by a system based on how many grids it passes through, or if it crosses over other objects or overlaps with other links, for example. The more intersections and overlaps, the higher the score. Whichever geometry receives the lowest possible score will be chosen. The default scoring system is intended to discourage intersection and overlap and favor shorter links. To modify the default scoring penalties, see [bookmark postid=”12479″ anchor=”link-scoring”]Link Scoring[/bookmark]. To disallow diagonal geometries, see the [bookmark postid=”12646″ anchor=”links”]Placement Tab[/bookmark] section of Running the Engine.
As more objects or relationships are added, once-optimized links may soon become convoluted. In these cases, the user can choose to optimize a link based on its link score. Alternatively, a geometry can be chosen manually without considering link score. Instructions for both are provided. To optimize geometries across the entire network at once, see [bookmark postid=”12646″ anchor=”run”]Running The Engine[/bookmark].