Topcon Positioning Systems recently opened Phase 1 of the renovation of its12-acre acre training and test site, the VIP Welcome Center, at its Livermore, CA headquarters. The test site was also renamed the Topcon Solutions Site.
Ray O’Connor, TPA president and CEO, and Mick Yamazaki, chief operations officer, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new venue.
O’Connor noted that the Welcome Center is designed to provide a professional boardroom-style meeting space at the Solutions Center, eliminating the need for transportation to and from TPS headquarters several miles away. Now, guests can come directly to the site for advanced technological presentations in a professional environment.
Over the past several years, he said, it has become clear that as technology advances drive the changes in every single aspect of the job site, the need for professional product training becomes more and more important.
“Many of the latest advancements, especially those in machine control technology, are prohibitive for the local dealer to be able to provide local demonstrations,” he added. “The interest level from OEM equipment manufacturers in machine automation has increased significantly, and more and more customers and potential customers are eager to visit Topcon and see the performance and productivity advantages for themselves. This is the perfect arena for that experience.”
The new center has a boardroom table, 60″ monitor, video conferencing capabilities and advanced audio/visual aids. The center also has a special display of past and present Topcon technology, complete with a museum-quality display of the history of the TPS GNSS board technology.
The Welcome Center was designed to provide the ultimate visitor experience of viewing the Solutions Site,” Connor said. With a wraparound redwood deck, guests have a 360-degree view of all phases of a working job site from surveying to grading to completion. This provides a great transitional phase between the boardroom presentation and getting out on the site and seeing first-hand the performance of systems.
The next phase of the Solutions Site development project will be to upgrade the on-site training and engineering facilities. With two new classrooms, break room, and office space, the Solutions Site will continue to be the headquarters of the Topcon University (TU) training team.
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