Topcon Tokyo welcomes Dr. Eugene McGovern

Posted: 12 September, 2014

Dr. Eugene McGovern, lecturer in the School of Surveying and Construction Management, was invited to visit the headquarters of the Topcon Corporation in Tokyo recently, where he was shown the range of precision instruments and new technologies manufactured by the company.  Dr. McGovern’s visit followed his attendance at the FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was Ireland’s national delegate at the FIG General Assembly.


Topcon is a world leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for the surveying and the eye care industries with revenues in the region of $1 billion annually and with over 4,000 employees worldwide.   Last year, as part of a new partnership arrangement with DIT, Topcon donated surveying and optometry equipment to DIT. Since its installation the equipment has been used extensively, supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.  A student internship programme has also been established under the partnership.  The first student from DIT has successfully completed her internship with Topcon in San Francisco where Dr. Ray O’Connor, President and CEO of Topcon Positioning, is based.  Dr. O’Connor, himself a graduate of DIT, takes a keen interest in developments in DIT.


Mr. Takaaki Hirayama, Senior Manager Topcon Eye Care Company, welcomed Dr. McGovern.  Mr. Hirayama was a member of the Topcon delegation who had visited DIT last year with Dr. O’Connor for the presentation of equipment.  Following the visit, Dr. McGovern said “It was most interesting to see the  wide-ranging display of products manufactured by Topcon,  including some of the very latest developments.  Mr. Hirayama and  members of the senior management team of Topcon’s Smart Infrastructures Division also brought me to visit  their manufacturing facility.  It was of note that final assembly and calibration of Topcon products is still carried-out manually as robots are considered not yet capable of delivering the fine tolerances required for these precision instruments.”


To mark his visit and the partnership between DIT and Topcon, Dr. McGovern was presented with a ceramic dish decorated in the Japanese style, by Mr. Shigeyuki Sawaguchi, a Topcon Company Director and General Manager of the Smart Infrastructure Division.  On behalf of DIT Dr. McGovern thanked Mr. Sawaguchi and the other Topcon officials for their hospitality during his visit and he spoke about the success of the partnership between the two organisations.  He presented Mr. Sawaguchi with a copy of the recently published book on the Grangegorman Masterplan Development for DIT and he extended an invitation to those present to visit the campus when complete.

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