Memory Leakage In Mappoint 2004 Automation

Posted on 2008-10-27
Last Modified: 2009-02-13
Hi Experts,

I am running VB code within Access 2002 to reference the Mappoint 2004 programming interface. In a nutshell we have a engineers based within a fixed location (Full UK Postcode - eg UB8 2LA), I am using Mappoint to find out which other postcodes (down to the Postcode District level e.g. UB4, UB5, UB6 etc) are within either a specified driving distance or a driving time.

The program works great (all beit a little slowly), however the resource usage of the Mappoint.exe increases rather alarmingly as the routine progresses (going from around 20Mb to over 500Mb as the routine nears completion) The code simply cycles through all valid UB3, UB4, UB5 type postcodes (approx 2500 of them ) which are in an access table and sets Loc1 as the engineers base postcode and Loc2 as the Postcode District we are looking at, it then calculates driving time and distance and moves onto the next etc.

I can modifty the routie to quit mappoint and re-start it after every day 50 postcodes however this slow the process down considerably, I'm wondering whether I'm missing clearing something after each postcode which is why the resource usage is going sky high ?

Anyone any ideas ?

Public Function CalculatePostcodesWithinDrivingDistance()

Dim db1 As DAO.Database

Dim qdf1 As DAO.QueryDef

Dim rst1 As DAO.Recordset

Dim DrivingTime  As Double

Dim DrivingDistance As Double

Dim GeoOneMinute As Double

Dim GeoOneSecond As Double

GeoOneMinute = 1 / 1440

GeoOneSecond = 1 / 86400

Dim EngineersBasePostcode As String

Dim DestinationPostcode As String

Set db1 = CurrentDb

Set objMapPoint = CreateObject("Mappoint.application")

' Make Map Visible and Allow Edits

objMapPoint.Visible = True

objMapPoint.UserControl = True

' Set Map Objects

Set objMap = objMapPoint.ActiveMap

Set objRoute = objMap.ActiveRoute

Set objWaypoints = objRoute.Waypoints


EngineersBasePostcode = "UB8 2LA"

' Cycle through all valid Second Level Postcodes


Set qdf1 = db1.QueryDefs(QueryName1)

Set rst1 = qdf1.OpenRecordset


MappointMaxDistance = 10

MappointMaxTime = 30

Forms![BROWN GOODS - VIEW BY COMPANY]![MappointPostcodesFoundWithinLimits] = Null

    If Not rst1.EOF Then rst1.MoveFirst


    ' Loop For Each Record To Be Processed

    Do Until rst1.EOF


        DistanceCalculated = 0

        TimeCalculated = 0

        DistanceCalculatedWithinLimits = False

        TimeCalculatedWithinLimits = False


        DestinationPostcode = rst1("[SecondLevelPostcode]")

        DestinationTopLevelPostcode = StripToTopLevelPostcode(rst1("[SecondLevelPostcode]"))

        ' Set Start Point as EngineersBasePostcode, call it Loc1

        Set objResults = objMap.FindAddressResults("", "", EngineersBasePostcode)

        If objResults.Count >= 1 Then Set StartPoint = objWaypoints.Add(objResults.Item(1), "Loc1")

        ' Set End Point as DestinationPostcode, call it Loc2

        Set objResults = objMap.FindAddressResults("", "", DestinationPostcode)

        If objResults.Count >= 1 Then Set MidPoint1 = objWaypoints.Add(objResults.Item(1), "Loc2")


        ' Calculate The Route



        DistanceCalculated = objRoute.Distance

        If DistanceCalculated > 0 And DistanceCalculated <= MappointMaxDistance Then DistanceCalculatedWithinLimits = True


        TimeCalculated = Int(objRoute.DrivingTime / GeoOneMinute)

        If TimeCalculated > 0 And TimeCalculated <= MappointMaxTime Then TimeCalculatedWithinLimits = True


        If DistanceCalculatedWithinLimits = True AND TimeCalculatedWithinLimits = True Then

	Forms![ENGINEERS_POSTCODES]![PostcodesFoundWithinLimits] = Forms![ENGINEERS_POSTCODES]![PostcodesFoundWithinLimits] & NewLineChar() & DestinationTopLevelPostcode

        End If

        ' Clear The Route



        ' Move To Next Destination Postcode







    Set rst = Nothing

    Set db = Nothing

End Function

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Question by:MDIRECT
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Personally I would set every object to Nothing at the end of the function.
Whatever the theory, I think Access has always been a little unreliable in respect of clearing up.

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Hi Peter57r,

Thanks for the reply, I have adjusted the code to clear the waypoints as follows...

' Delete The Waypoints
        ' Clear The Route
        Set objResults = Nothing

However this has not made any difference. One thing I have noticed however is that as long as the Map is visible with the two lines
    objMapPoint.Visible = True
    objMapPoint.UserControl = True

Then whilst the routine is running, if i manually click on the Mappoint Map and then minimize it, the memory usage drops back to the normal 30-40mb however then climbs back gradually after each route calculation, howver if the application is restored and then minimized again, each time the memory usage can be brough back down again. I have tried performing this manouvre programmatically however it doesn't haev the same effect ! - Anyone any ideas ?

The resource usage of the MSACCESS.EXE process running the Mappoint routine remains constant throughout so I don't think this is an Access issue ?
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Comment Utility
What I meant was:

Set objMapPoint =nothing
Set objMap =nothing
Set objRoute =nothing
Set objWaypoints =nothing
Set qdf1 =nothing
Set rst1 = =nothing
Set objResults =nothing

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