East Anglia RFCA uses What3Words app to optimise estate maintenance workflows

Our Safe Estates Compliance Manager, Matt Ponder, introduced the popular what3words app to estate maintenance workflows last month to make finding the exact location of a repair easier for our Logistics Support Officers and contractors.

All of our Estates Team and Field staff have had the What3Words app available on their mobile phones from this month. The app works by assigning a 3 word address to every 3 meter squared block on the planet. With this system, staff and contractors can easily share the location of a fault or meeting place on our estate.

a blurred landscape of fields and blue sky with the Now Accepting what3words badge superimposed

The Volunteer Estate in East Anglia spans about 190 sites, contains 500 buildings and miles of fencing, grasslands, woodlands etc.
Now equipped with the What3Words app, the precise location of a damaged fence or loose guttering can be communicated to our team. Our Helpdesk service provides the means for anyone at the site to log a fault report with the What3Words location included.

Matt Ponder said: “We’re also updating our asset records to include the what3words address as the need arises. This is useful for anything not nailed down, like storage containers which we can move to provide temporary storage at locations undergoing repairs or refurbishment.”

East Anglia RFCA manages the Volunteer Estate on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, working with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to provide a safe and compliant estate for the Reserve Forces and uniformed cadet organisations.

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