Geocode

Identifying a parcel of property is something that is at the core of surveying. Historically, property was typically delineated by hedgerows, rivers or stakes in the ground. However, as cities became more complex, new forms of identifier were needed. In 1857, the UK started to adopt the systems of postcodes and, in 1911, the first 1:1250 ordinance survey plans were produced. However, as we move into an era of drone deliveries, autonomous vehicles and satellite imagery, new and inventive geo-codes are being produced. One such alternative to the unmemorable OS reference is being produced by What3Words, which has ‘divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3-word address’, using three random normal words to describe each square. This could spell the end of street name addresses, confused delivery drivers and awkward conversations with taxi drivers (oh you meant that High Street…). In case you were wondering, the Cushman & Wakefield office address under this system is ‘adding.future.charm.’ Can’t argue with that.