Construct & Build Railways

Surveyors play a crucial role in the construction of railways, helping to ensure the track, structures, and other components are built correctly, meet safety standards, and function properly.



Streamline the tasks of staking out and positioning new tracks, measuring existing tracks, checking track alignment, and more

Geared with our solutions, surveyors provide accurate track stakeout, track quality control and adjustment, track as-built surveys, and detect potential deformations throughout railway construction.

Stake, position and measure tracks with the highest accuracy

Surveyors play a critical role in ensuring the accuracy and safety of rail operations by providing exact track stakeout, positioning and track quality control. Our surveying solutions allow surveyors to choose how they capture and use rail data, whether they are staking and positioning new tracks, or measuring existing tracks and comparing them against the design.

Leica Geosystems field software solutions streamline rail-specific tasks, such as staking out new track, completing as-built surveys and checking track alignment, superelevation and gauge measurements live on site. With customisable options that allow for easy export of staked points, you can quickly generate reports in the field.

Provide the most accurate and complete as-built surveys

Reality capture technology enables fast and accurate progress documentation of the construction site, allowing surveyors to create detailed and exact digital models and as-built surveys of the railway.

With our 3D mobile mapping and 3D laser scanning solutions, you can inspect, measure and document the railway infrastructure from a safe distance. This reduces the time required for data collection and processing, increasing efficiency and eliminating potential sources of human error. We empower you to comply with safety standards with tools that verify track alignment, clearances, map, and record assets.

Improve safety with scalable structural monitoring

Surveyors provide critical information on the stability and safety during the construction of railways through structural monitoring activities, including measuring the deformation of the ground and structures, such as existing railways, retaining walls, bridges, and tunnels.

We help you improve the safety and reliability of the railways with scalable monitoring solutions, varying from small manual schemes to fully automated real-time 24/7 monitoring systems. Leica Geosystems monitoring solutions enable you to obtain precise measurement data for detecting structural deformation early on so engineers assess construction activity risks and initiate countermeasures quickly. Our solutions monitor the safety of rail structures, buildings and surrounding areas during construction activities.


Discover our solutions for the construction of railways


Integrated solution and job site connectivity makes railway construction easier


Prepare the rail design data for site work

Using Leica Infinity, the office-to-field data preparation is easy and allows seamless data transfer via GeoCloud Drive, powered by HxDR or Leica ConX to different users on the field. For full flexibility, design data in industry-standard file formats can be directly imported into Leica Captivate in the field.

Handle earthworks with advanced machine control solutions

For rail projects, efficient construction is required. Leica Geosystems' machine control solutions can add significant value to mechanised track construction activities such as grading, ballasting and paving. With a single control unit, the Leica MCP80, and a common software platform, Leica MC1 and Leica ConX, accuracy and speed is increased even for inexperienced machine operators. The single software and panel solution allows complete flexibility for deployment across a wide range of machine types and brands. Consistency in software design throughout all heavy machine control applications reduces training efforts and optimises new employee onboarding.

Real-time safety awareness solutions for the entire site

Leica Geosystems offers a Modular Safety Awareness Solution to increase worker safety awareness and visibility between workers and machine operators to prevent machine-to-people, machine-to-machine, and machine-to-object collisions. The possibility of integrating personal alert solutions PA80 and collision avoidance technology with Leica Geosystems Machine Control solution offers a unique solution that can raise worker awareness and help prevent onsite accidents.

Moreover, the 3D Avoidance Zone system allows users to create or import 3D avoidance zones above and below the surface area, directly within the Leica MC1 machine control software for exacavators. Based on these no-go areas, the solution enables automatic height, depth, and slew hydraulic control to protect concealed and visible heavy construction assets and infrastructure. 

Stakeout and measure rail alignments and position efficiently and effectively


Perform accurate survey tasks with a streamlined rail-specific app

The Leica Captivate Stake Rail app is highly customisable to allow surveyors to optimally stake the position of ballast, sleepers/slabs, rails and fastenings. Equipped with Leica Captivate, total stations and GNSS, surveyors provide the highest accuracy and productivity for staking and measuring railways.

Accurate measurements for fine track alignment


Check the track by measuring deviations from design

The Leica Captivate Check Rail app allows the surveyor to perform progressive checks for track alignment with or without a gauge or trolley device and with or without rails. The app provides methods to measure cant-corrected displacement values for fine-track adjustments and to conduct final quality check measurements. Combine with Leica Nova TS60, the world's most accurate total station, for meaningful reporting at near sub mm levels.

Check deviations to the design using a rail geometry trolley

The Leica Captivate Rail app allows measuring deviation to the design with a specialised rail trolley (e.g. Carttop, GeoTEL) to achieve sub-millimeter accuracy and meet the highest standards for railway construction, relay and tamping. Leica Geosystems partners with a variety of trolley and gauge devices that combine superbly with the most accurate Leica Nova TS60 total station.

Manage rail project risks for better safety with scalable monitoring solutions


Increase safety onsite and keep investments low with manual monitoring

Railway construction can be dangerous, and keeping people and assets safe is critical. Through Leica Geosystems monitoring solutions, movements on and around a site can be detected, and precautionary actions can be initiated. When risks are low, conduct campaign monitoring with existing equipment to provide the required data while keeping investments small.

Improve efficiency and minimise errors with semi-automated monitoring

When a higher risk is expected during railway construction, people, infrastructure, and assets can be kept safe with semi-automated monitoring. Measurements and analysis are conducted automatically, without the need to have personnel on site, using the most accurate total station or MultiStation, Leica TPS monitoring onboard app, and Leica GeoMoS monitoring software suite. Results can be visualised and reported online to speed up the process to ensure any movements are quickly identified and actions are taken to keep all safe.

Enhance safety with real-time monitoring

For complete peace of mind, deploy Leica Geosystems' real-time monitoring solutions. Automated monitoring is the right choice for projects with a high risk of movement and in locations where accessibility is dangerous. Points can be identified and automatically measured either by Total station, MultiStation, digital level, GNSS, or WiSenMeshWAN geotechnical sensors and instantly checked to ascertain if movements have occurred. Real-time notifications are issued, and experts can immediately decide to evacuate areas at risk. Keep your construction site and surroundings safe with Leica Geosystems monitoring solutions that continuously inform stakeholders.

More efficient monitoring with Leica monitoring solution

For faster and more seamless workflow with minimal time on site thus reducing risk and increasing safety our solution has three easy-to-use features. The Leica Combox60, plug-and-play with Leica GeoMoS Edge, provides surveyors with the simplest setup – one button, one cable. Leica Nova TM60 and AutoLearn functionality enable surveyors to automatically detect prisms. Leica GeoMoS suite has an advanced Railway Template enabling complex calculations and accurate configurations for quality deliverables in the desired format faster without error. Deliver data faster and easier with the Leica monitoring solution for safer railways.


Customer success stories


Digging deeper with monitoring

Learn how Terradata AG provided real-time deformation monitoring of a railway station in Switzerland, enabling teams to make informed decisions, avoid potential issues and complete the project successfully.
Learn how Terradata AG provided real-time deformation monitoring of a railway station in Switzerland, enabling teams to make informed decisions, avoid potential issues and complete the project successfully.

Moving a capital city forward

The Strukton survey team used GNSS receivers, total stations, construction lasers, levels, and measurement software for the Riyadh Metro Project in Saudi Arabia, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world.
The Strukton survey team used GNSS receivers, total stations, construction lasers, levels, and measurement software for the Riyadh Metro Project in Saudi Arabia, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world.

Moving London safely forward

Discover the solution used by Costain-Skanska to monitor the construction of the new Crossrail Paddington Station in the UK to detect and minimise risks to the buildings and increase safety.
Discover the solution used by Costain-Skanska to monitor the construction of the new Crossrail Paddington Station in the UK to detect and minimise risks to the buildings and increase safety.

Engineering Surveying

Geared with the right equipment, software and services, you can deliver construction and civil engineering projects on time and within budget while reducing waste and increasing safety.
Geared with the right equipment, software and services, you can deliver construction and civil engineering projects on time and within budget while reducing waste and increasing safety.

Grow your business

Discover how embracing digitalisation with technologies and processes can support your business to create new opportunities, stay competitive and improve productivity.
Discover how embracing digitalisation with technologies and processes can support your business to create new opportunities, stay competitive and improve productivity.

Surveying Solutions

Regardless of how complex your task is, a solution is available within our diverse measuring, positioning and visualising portfolio to help you collaborate, be more efficient and succeed.
Regardless of how complex your task is, a solution is available within our diverse measuring, positioning and visualising portfolio to help you collaborate, be more efficient and succeed.

Improve your skills

Learn the skills to be more efficient and react to business opportunities. Unlock your potential to offer faster and more specialised services to your clients.
Learn the skills to be more efficient and react to business opportunities. Unlock your potential to offer faster and more specialised services to your clients.