17/02/2022

Communicating location accurately is critical to construction projects staying on track and on budget. That’s why what3words is now integrated within Autodesk Construction Cloud™, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network and predictive insights for construction teams – making on-site management and coordination easier and more efficient.

With what3words now available as a Partner Card, customers can easily embed the what3words map directly in their Autodesk® Build Insights or BIM 360® Project Home dashboards. Many construction sites are unaddressed, so using what3words makes it easier to coordinate teams, assets and materials using precise location information that is easy to share.

What is what3words?

what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. Every 3 metre square in the world has been given a unique identifier made of 3 random words: a what3words address. It’s available in 50 languages allowing construction companies around the world the ability to easily locate and share the precise location of teams, assets and services.

Thousands of businesses use what3words to save money, be more efficient and ensure safety. Partners include Skanska, Network Rail, Mercedes-Benz, Triumph Motorcycles, Premier Inn, the UK’s AA, as well as businesses and emergency services across the world.

Using what3words in Autodesk Construction Cloud

what3words can be accessed directly in Autodesk Build Insight or BIM 360 Project Home dashboards so teams can easily identify, save and share any what3words location onsite. It provides an easy way for construction teams to communicate precise locations, quickly identify or report the location of various assets, and coordinate operations using just 3 words.

Users can also convert what3words addresses into coordinates. There is the option to get directions to a what3words address using the ‘navigate’ button which then launches Google Maps, Waze, or other mapping or navigation tools. It’s also possible to import or export a list of all what3words locations to a CSV file, giving teams clean and actionable data.

Key benefits

Pinpoint key locations

Construction sites often have multiple buildings and one address can cover the whole property, whilst other assets may not have an address at all. With what3words every entrance, asset and important on-site location has a unique address that can be easily identified.

Increased efficiency

what3words addresses can easily be shared with haulage vehicles or other teams arriving on-site, so building materials and other vital assets can be dropped off at exactly the right place, saving operations teams’ time.

Simple communication

Communicating GPS coordinates is tricky and error-prone. what3words addresses are made of 3 words, making them easy to share with teams who are arriving on site, ensuring they know exactly where to go.

Customers can add the what3words Partner Card to the Autodesk Build Insights or BIM 360 Project Home dashboard by following these steps.

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