Meeting Centre of Gravity for Postcodes
Use this tool to find the best place to hold a meeting for it's attendees by inputting their postcodes. The COG tool will then work out the centre of gravity for the meeting. This will be represented by a marker on the map.
Meeting COG Map
|Post Code (min=2,max=10)|
|Post Code 1|
|Post Code 2|
|Post Code 3|
|Post Code 4|
|Post Code 5|
|Post Code 6|
|Post Code 7|
|Post Code 8|
|Post Code 9|
|Post Code 10|
Once you input the postcodes, this tool will work out where the best place is to hold the meeting. This will be a point on the map where, if all attendees could travel in a straight line to get to, would give the least combined travel time for them to meet up. You can enter full UK postcodes (incode & outcode) for more accuracy.
Yes, of course people cant travel in straight lines and they cant hold the meeting in a field, in the sea or in some strangers house if that is what the tools tells you. You are then expected to use that as a base from which to find a meeting venue close by, be it a pub, park or hotel etc..
Let us know if this tool comes in useful to you by posting a comment below. It will be interesting to find out how it is used.
Credit must be paid to DWS for a comment posted on the about page on 16th May 2008 suggesting this tool. Thanks.
- 13th November 2013 : Version 2 - Implement Google Maps API V3
- 5th June 2008 : Version 1 - Get it up and running (rather than watch the start of Big Brother)
Comments For This Page
Hi. Very pleased to discover this tool. I am wondering if it could offer a simplified output based on nearest railway station? And possibly a few more delegates? But thanks for missing Big Brother - this is a much better use of time!!
By Simon at LI on 23rd January 2017
Stu, thanks for the suggestion. This is being considered. I think you have a good idea.
By Free Map Tools on 14th June 2016
Firstly, this is very helpful thank you!
Please can we have option to export postcodes and add names next to them to save for future import on iOS device e.g. Dropbox import file that you've exported?
Ideally would like this in your app to add contacts and save them, for planning trips where we can all meet.
By Stu on 11th June 2016
I'm looking for something like this. Yes a mobile or Google maps versions would be great. I'd like to pin several locations find the center point of then all with each line displaying distance then move that centerpoint around by hand and have the lines updated. The lines could display distance and time. Primary use with public transport. Thanks
By James K on 11th October 2015
Mobile app please!
On 22nd March 2015
Just found this tool, looking forward to using it when planning friends get-togethers.
By Amanda on 5th March 2015
Get bought by Tripadvisor and get integrated.
By Will S on 7th February 2015
It should work now.
By Free Map Tools on 21st December 2013
Great idea, but I click the button and nothing happens with two postcodes. Using Chrome browser.
By Rooster on 20th December 2013
This isn't correct - it may give the "Centre of Gravity", or average place (whatever that means), but it certainly doesn't give the least combined travel time.
On 24th April 2012
I get and error stack over flow at line 239
On 21st March 2012
Now working again...
By Free Map Tools on 29th November 2011
I get an error: "Stack overflow at line: 274"
On 15th November 2011
Since Printing is not allowed. Auto reproduction using the data on another machine would be very useful so that others can be sent a link/file that will reproduce the map with data again on their machines.
On 3rd October 2011
Perfect! Could you combine the ability (or a shortcut to a Google search) to let me easily find a pub/park/coffee shop nearby to the final location?
To enter postcodes as a comma separated list would be useful too.
You've no doubt thought about it already, but to hook into the directions API and base it on road routes would be fantastic =)
By Patabugen on 5th April 2011
This is great, I'd love to be able to enter more post codes. Does anyone know of a tool to do that?
By Allen on 11th March 2011
Hi, this is brilliant. What would also be useful is to input the number of people travelling from that postcode to add extra weighting. This also helps if, like us, you're trying to find where to move to by inputting all our office locations some of which may be visited more often.
Incredibly useful tool though, many thanks for developing this.
By Fat Sam of Gloucestershire on 8th February 2011
A great idea. For our employment agency it would be useful to see exactly where our applicants come from to help us decide where to set up a new branch, but that would mean inputting a hundred or more postcodes to be useful. I can see this would be helpful for some companies to find customers too.
By Kevin on 30th June 2010
Very cool! Is there one that lets you mix UK postcodes with US ZIP codes? I realize it'd probably point to a spot in the mid-Atlantic, but still.... :)
By Carl on 5th July 2009
Kurt, when you asked there was no such tool available but there is now! It is found here.
By Free Map Tools on 12th November 2008
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