Laser Control of Renewals Work

Course Aims

The course is intended to provide the delegate with a clear understanding of how Beacon Lasers are used to monitor and control machinery used in Track Renewals. The course is suitable for Technical staff involved in Renewals and/or setting out for tamping and Network Rail Site Supervisors; Managers.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the delegates will be:

  • Able to set up and balance beacon lasers taking into account site topography and what activities are to be monitored/controlled
  • Aware of the importance of controlling depths of excavation, crossfall and track levels
  • Be able to use “Level eye” to measure levels, depths and to form Test & Inspection Plans
  • Aware of how to set up a laser controlled dozer
  • Aware of how a ballast cleaner cutting depth and crossfall can be controlled
  • Able to use lasers to set out for tamping
  • Aware of how to set out vertical curves and straight gradients
  • Aware of the pitfalls in using multipoint lasers

Course Duration

2 days. An additional day can be arranged for practical site work with a dozer as required (client to supply suitable site with machine)


There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors will benefit the delegate:

  • Prior experience of site work
  • Good numeracy and mental arithmetic skills
  • A clear understanding of plain line and S&C vertical designs

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of: –

  • Valid P.T.S Card
  • Protective “all orange” High Visibility clothing to BS EN 471:2003
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
  • Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • Ear Protection
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F
  • Gloves

The protective equipment must comply with current safety standards.


A Certificate of Training will be awarded to the delegate upon completion of the course.